In my last post I wondered if there were any contemporary 8th century Spaniards who were apologists for the Muslim invasion.Â But who needs that, when you’ve got Keith Olbermann to put a strange yet hilarious spin on history?Â In the video below, Olbermann takes on Newt Gingrich’s (radical, inflammatory, racist) views on the Ground Zero Mosque issue.Â His excerpt from Gingrich’s statement, originally from an opinion piece in the Washington Post:
It refers to Cordoba, Spain — the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.Â Today, some of the mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to ‘symbolize interfaith cooperation’ when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest.
Those Muslim conquerors are a figment of Mr. Gingrich’s lurid imagination.Â In Spain, in Cordoba, though the Muslims established multicultural non-denominational institutions of learning, they were under constant attack from Christian armies, and from a series of internal all-Muslim civil wars — the Muslims lost Cordoba, and the Christian church they turned into the ‘world’s 3rd largest mosque complex’?Â That was turned back into a Christian cathedral in the 13th century, and it has been one ever since.
The Muslim conquerors of Spain are a figment of Newt Gingrich’s imagination?Â Olbermann makes it sound like Caliph Al-Walid IÂ attempted to establish an interfaith outreach program in Cordoba, then was assailed on all sides by angry, ignorant Christians bent on murdering their friendly, peace-lovingÂ Islamic teachers.Â Under Caliph Al-Walid an agressive, expansionist Islamic empire conquered southern Spain.Â For the next 800 years, the Christian kingdoms of Spain tried to take it back.Â It was called the Reconquista.Â Yes, my links are all to Wikipedia which should always be taken with a grain of salt, but it suffices for the purposes of a blog post and I’ll take 5 minutes of Google research over a nonsensical, revisionist diatribe that either is determined to ignore history, or twist it to fit a narrative.
Olbermann goes on to say that every place of worship built in the United States is essentially portraying the same triumphalism (over the Native Americans) that Gingrich accuses this mosque of.
MaybeÂ Keith’s insanity is hardly even worth a moment’s consideration anymore, but it is still…entertaining.
UPDATE:Â this just in from historian Keith Olbermann — the Roman Empire was actually nothing more than aÂ nightmare Ronald Reagan had after eating some bad shellfish.Â And the Napoleonic Wars were just a brief hallucination of Sarah Palin’s after applying a little too much hairspray.