History Repeats Itself! Are we on a brink of a World War?
An analogy of contemporary ME events with crusades & world wars – Part I
If we think of time to be circular as described in many religions & cultures, then ages & aeons are bound to repeat itself. If we study history & the contemporary events then we can say that history repeats itself in some form or other, though intensity, circumstances & people involved in the events may change. Here we will make a comparison of the contemporary global events & crisis with the ones well recorded in the past. Are we facing a new generation war at a global scale that can be termed as World War 3 or conflict of religions, beliefs & cultures termed as Crusade 3? Whatever it maybe, we can always draw the parallels with the events from the past.
History of Crusades & World wars
Here, I will give a brief review of the previous World Wars & Crusades and we will see what clues the history has left for us & if we find it then how can we connect the dots & make the complete picture. First Crusade was fought during 1096-99 AD between the Muslim Turks & Christians of Europe under the command of Church. Eastern Roman Empire also called as the Byzantine Empire was slowly crumbling under its own weight; the capital was the beautiful & historical city of Constantinople, established by Emperor Constantine who brought Christianity to Europe. The holy land called as Palestine/Judea has fallen to Muslims by 672 AD, and the life was almost normal except the Dhimmi status of non-believers, a core ideology of Islam. Some of the fallen churches were allowed to be rebuilt by the Fatimids, but the situation changed in 1072 AD when the Seljuk Turks took control of Jerusalem & life became difficult for both Dhimmis & Christian Pilgrims.
Byzantine Emperor Alexios pleaded to the Church against the invading Turks in 1095 AD to which Pope Urban II readily agreed, seeking the advantage of the situation to strengthen his position in the complex Church-State control over Europe. Nearly 100,000 men mainly villagers & peasants marched & reached Constantinople in 1096 AD & successfully recaptured Jerusalem in 1099 AD thus ending the 1st Crusade. Templar of Knights was formed for the protection of the pilgrimage routes & cities. Many other battles took place in the following 200 years between the Christians & Muslims in the present day Syria, Turkey, Jordan & Israel, while countless people were massacred or compelled to flee. Saladin, another Turk recaptured Jerusalem again in 1187 AD and is counted as an important figure in Islamic history.
The Crusades ended with the fall of Constantinople. Young Ottoman Emperor Mehmed II also referred as greatest Ottoman Emperor, sieged & won the city in 1453 & thus ended the 1500 years old glorious Roman Empire. Fall of Constantinople is termed as one of the most important event in European & Turkish history; it was called to be the death of the civilization. Later on Mehmed II shifted his capital to the captured city & renamed it Istanbul, the gateway to Europe.
The history of World Wars is more or less known, but a brief recap is needed. Prior to World War 1, German & Austro-Hungarian Empire had mutual treaties & against that France & Britain had treaties which were strengthened by Russian Empire. Austrian prince Francis Ferdinand & his wife were assassinated on their state visit to Serbia by Serbian nationalists which triggered the war. Ottomans sided along the Germans but lost. World War II (1939-45) saw the rise of two great evils on two sides that were once together. Tens of millions of people lost their lives in these world wars & it ended with the first nuclear strike in known history. Once again Britain, America, France & Russia prevailed.
…………………..to be continued
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