It is a sad fact of today that Islamic Extremists are conducting a vicious campaign of violence against all they consider to be “infidels” and “unbelievers.”
Ironically, whenever I bring up this simple fact, the apologists of Islamic Extremism try to use ancient history of past Christian Extremism during Midle Ages and Crusades as an excuse for what Islamic Extremists do today. So, in essence, Muslims Extremists and their supporters feel that they have a right to go forward with a Muslim Crusade against West in 21st Century, just because Western Christians embarked on a Crusade against Muslims in 12th Century. I do not dispute obvious facts of unimaginable cruelty by Christian Crusaders in Middle East in 12th Century, but it is false to assume that those crimes can be an excuse for barbarism displayed by Islamic Extremists today. Today, Christianity is nothing like violent Crusaders of 12th Century. Today, it is Jihadist Islam that is a monstrous aggressor, striving to destroy and kill all those who dare to differ from it in beliefs.
The analogy is complete – even with modern analogy for Knights Templar – the Taliban, Hezbollah and Hamas! Think about this: all of these are military religious organization, standing armies with goal of killing all who do not believe in Allah. How is that different from Templars or Knights Hospitallers, who were the armies of Jesus? Templars and Hospitallers participated in politics, waged war and pursued goal of genocide of Muslim religion – sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Replace Jesus with Mohammed, and the analogy is complete.
Jihad is a modern-day Muslim Crusade, and groups like Hezbollah and Hamas are its Templars and Hospitallers.