Culture | The authentic costumes and set in the new Hollywood blockbuster Kingdom of Heaven all suggest the year 1186, but the philosophy behind the script screams 2005
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/07/05, 12:00 am
PASADENA, Calif. - When George W. Bush referred to the war on terror as a "crusade" less than a week after 9/11, critics balked, calling the moniker offensive to Muslims and destructive to Middle Eastern relations. The president's aides defended Mr. Bush, saying he used "crusade" as a synonym for struggle. The word never crept back into the president's public vocabulary. More than 700 years after the end of the European Crusades, the bloody, 200-year conflict between Christians and Muslims still proves a volatile subject, even when only alluded to.