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Near the end of November 1098 soon after taking the Muslim city of Antioch thousands of Frankish Crusader barbarians surrounded the city of Maarra All the city had was a small untrained urban militia but for two weeks they effectively resisted the crusaders On December 11 the barbarians agreed with the notables of Maarra to spare the lives of the inhabitants if they stopped fighting Taking the word of the crusaders the Muslims gathered in their houses and waited the night in fear The franks arrived at dawn and for three days put people to the sword killing more than a hundred thousand people and taking many prisoners What the barbarians did then was sickening In Maarra our troops boiled pagan adults in cooking-pots they impaled children on spits and devoured them grilled as recorded by the Frank Radulph of Caen Indeed the memories of these atrocities preserved and transmitted by local poets and oral traditon shaped an image of the Franks that would not easily fade The Christians may call their crusades holy but they were far from it To the Muslims the crusaders and the western nations were nothing but lying desperate and cowardly barbarians who massacred thousands of innocent Muslims and Jews The cannibals of Maarra are no myth as so many Christians believe The events were recorded by the Christians themselves as many of other massacres Even to this day the Christians and the West believe that the crusaders were holy knights who fought for pure and good This isnt surprising as almost every western history book and encyclpedia only glorifies the crusaders The reputation the west gives to the Muslims is always violent evil and blood-thristy and they say that Islam was spread by war and violence Indeed much of the known world was conquered by Muslims but almost always they were done in jihad Muslims did not go and conquer other nations unless they had reason to And when
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