The previous invasions by Muslims of non-Muslim lands have nothing to do with that beginning. This guy has been awarded with the “Literature Prince of Asturias Award” and, if you don’t know, Asturias is the land where the Reconquest began. From HazteOir.org/Europa Press:
The Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature 2010, Amin Maalouf, said upon his arrival in Spain that episodes like the Reconquista and the Crusades marked the beginning of the confrontation between two worlds, the West and the Arabic one.
In his bizarre statement, made precisely in Asturias, Lebanese writer and journalist who lives in France said he did not perceive these historic events as the root cause of the problems of Muslim countries:
“A conflict between two worlds, which began with the Crusades and the Reconquista, and then in the fifteenth century begins the period of decadence of the Arab world. Both the Crusades and the Reconquista, or the expulsion of Arabs from Sicily, were moments that crystallized the conflict, but not the cause of the problem. ” (Which was?)
Maalouf also supported the coexistence and coexistence between cultures, because “we have no other choice, we have to live together” (like the coexistence that exists in the “Arabic” world between cultures, religions and beliefs???):
“We have different religions, languages and beliefs.” (Wow, if he hadn’t said that, who would have known?)
The writer recalled that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said recently that the coexistence in Germany failed, “but I think it is the only country in which it has failed” (Lebanon is also a very multicultural society, isn’t it? Ask all the expatriates who have gone because they couldn’t stand Islamist terrorist violence. It’s marvellous to live in Paris theorizing about what others are suffering and doing it always attacking the history and culture of the country where you’re staying without being harrassed or threatened…):
“We live together and should reflect on how we can live together, if we want to preserve a harmonious coexistence.”