By Debbie Schlussel
Mark Twain said, History tells us that the truth is not hard to kill, but a lie told well is immortal.
Kingdom of Heaven, Ridley Scotts extremely boring movie version of the Crusades, is Twains words in action. Scott is serial killer of truthgiving immortality to 1,000 liesin this propaganda film.
The wannabe-epic is being panned for its lack of accuracy by a host of Islam experts, like Robert Spencer. Crusades expert Jonathan Riley-Smith says its basically Osama bin Ladens version of History.
But the folks at HAMAS-front group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and ADC (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) just love Kingdom. That speaks volumes, since both groups never met an Islamic terrorist group they didnt like.
Perhaps Scott is doing penance for having the chutzpah to make Black Hawk Down, about which they still whine incessantly.
But one neednt be versed in the history of the Crusades to see that this Riefenstahl-esque drama is agenda-laden fiction.
Heres the Cliffs Notes version:
Christian Crusaders are crass, violent murderers. They lie, sleep around with multiple women, and father multiple illegitimate, abandoned children. They are stupid, foolish, power-hungry, and vengeful. They are boors warring for land, not principles, and kill fellow Christianseven priestsover nothing.
Muslims, especially Saladin, are honorable, devout, decent, peaceful people. They just want to be left alone and only attack when attacked upon. They are wise, honest, kind, generous, and even offer Christians safe passage.
The cinematography shows Muslims in prayer, though not as religious zealots. No such scenes for the Christians (or Jews), who are shown mostly drinking, sleeping around, and killingtheyre the religious zealots in this film.
One of Kingdoms Crusade leaders declares: To kill an infidel is not murder. Its the path to Heaven. Gee, I know a religion that proclaimed and practiced that from time immemorial through todayand its not Christianity. Hint: It begins with an I, ends with an M, and has an S-L-A in the middle. Nick Berg videos, anyone?
Balians father, Godfrey, a top knight of the Crusades, utters classy lines like this gem: I once fought for two days with an arrow through my testicle. Im not making it upthats actually a line in Kingdom. (Liam Neeson, who plays Godfrey, is son-in-law to pro-Palestinian activist/actress Vanessa Redgrave. And maybe thats analogous to such a bodily obstruction.)
Saladin exhibits no such crude behavior. But he gives his Crusader enemies ice and drink in the desert, nice chap that he is.
One Crusade leader declares, At first I thought we were fighting for G-d, but we were only fighting for wealth and land. Saladins, on the other hand, is noble.
No-one has claim, all have claim to Jerusalem, declares Orlando Blooms Crusader knight Balian, in a nod and a wink to todays Palestinian agenda to make the city universal. Please note: Jerusalem is mentioned many more times in this movie than it is mentioned in the Koran (whence it is mentioned exactly zero times).
Saladin is depicted shedding tears over dead Crusaders, in contrast with a Crusade patriarch who declares about Christian deaths, It is unfortunate about the people, but it is G-ds will.
Heres a Kingdom reality check. The chivalrous Saladin was as intolerant and sadistic as they come. His principal secretary and historian, Imad ad-Din (who was gay) describes their view that while several circles of hell prepared to receive Christians … the several ranks of heaven joyously anticipated the Muslim dead.
Unlike his portrayal in Kingdom, Saladin:
- Personally beheaded many of the Crusaders living in and around Jerusalem, and watched while his soldiers cut the bodies to pieces to satisfy their lust for revenge;
- Sent poisoned wine and flour to a Greek leader to distribute to Crusaders;
- Fought violently with rival Shiite Muslims, dissecting one of their leaders, and keeping his hands and head as trophies (Saladin, a Kurd, was a Sunni);
- Persecuted Jews and Christians, denying them even the basic dignity of riding on horses or mules, requiring they ride in humiliation on donkeys and painful pack saddles. Kingdom shows Saladin allowing them to ride on horses. But even his own physician, the scholar Maimonides (a Jew forcibly converted to Islam) was forced to ride a donkey to and from Saladins palace. (Saladin stoned and blinded a Jewish doctor for daring to ride a horse, according to Saladin and the Jews, by E. Ashtor-Strauss.)
- Sowed the seeds for Muslim Crusades, resulting in the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews and Christians.
Thats the other interesting point Kingdom conveniently omits. At the time of Saladin, the 12th Century, there were Muslim Crusades in Spain and North Africa. This century-long massacre of Jews and Christians by the Berber al-Mohad Muslims (or al-Muwahideen), which began in 1113 AD, doesnt exist in Kingdom. Yet it was so bad that Sephardim (Oriental Jews, primarily from Arab countries), who were once the majority of the Jews, were almost wiped out and remain a small minority, today. By the end, there were no churches or synagogues (or open Christians or Jews) anywhere in Western Islam.
Where is Ridley Scotts epic about that?
It was so horrific that Saladins physician, Maimonides, wrote, We were dishonored beyond human endurance. … This people, the Arabs … never did a nation molest, degrade, debase, and hate us as much as they. … No matter how much we suffer and elect to remain at peace with them, they stir up strife and sedition.
Kingdoms phony quote about Christian enthusiastically killing infidels? Heres a real one from Saladins time, uttered by a Muslim historian: It is permitted to kill the unfaithful or reduce them to slavery for opposing themselves to the true faith. … There were no Christians to be seen.
Its no coincidence that half the major Muslim actors in Kingdom also played terrorists in The Hamburg Cell. One of them, Alexander Siddig (who played 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed), is the nephew of a former Sudanese Prime Minister, who oversaw the wholesale Muslim torturous slaughter of Sudans Black Christians. Kingdoms version of events is Al-Qaeda s and Sudans excuse for their contemporary, bloody terrorist crusades.
Remember, Wallid Shatter, the indignant Muslim Secret Service agent who had a tantrum when he was refused an American Airlines flight? He was reading The Crusades Through Arab Eyes.
Why was he reading this book, and why do American Islamist groups love this movie? Because Kingdoms version of the Crusades is their justification for the continuing terrorism and hate displayed by millions of Muslims worldwide against the rest of us. And they dont want to move on.
Attention Muslims & Ridley Scott: The crusades happened a thousand years ago. Get over it.