Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When Ideologies clash, the blood is still red

When the Moors swept into Spain and Portugal
Stopped only when the Hammer struck in France
The scimitar and crescent moon was slowed
They held part of Europe but wanted it all
Over time the Moors settled in, despite being unwelcome
Catholic Spain and Portugal burned, desire for revenge flowed
But until the forces could organize behind a leader
They had to wait, until the Moorish hold melted

Over time the Spanish became the best knights in Europe
From their constant battles, with the Moors
And in time the leaders rose, to lead their people
It took 700 years of blood
700 years of labor
700 years of battle
To achieve freedom

The Reconquista was not started by Christians
It was a response to Muslim expansion
The Crusades were a part of it
The Muslim threat responded to with action
Modern day equivalents
Cannot be drawn
But the lasting damage remains
The battles begun in 700AD caused wounds
That have not healed in the present day...