The one famous case I know of where Christianity was brutally spread was when Charlemagene launched his massacre of pagans at Verden. That was equivalent to what ISIS is doing now with everybody: shia, sunni, christian, yazidi, etc... One thing the pagans always had over monotheist religions, they rarely tried to convert a defeated foe to their own gods; they might mock them, but freedom of religion seems far more prevalent under polytheism.
In any case, I disagree that Cordoba was some kind of utopian melting pot. Non-muslims, if not slain in battle (because they'd surrendered) were deemed "dhimmi" and had to pay the jizya, a tax. They were essentially made into second class citizens, in once was they're own land. Same as in Jerusalem.
I would love nothing more to be able to live on a separate planet from them, but we can never return to those days.. short of an armageddon type scenario.
... sounds like the GOP in the US. Yeah, I know that slashdot's overwhelming conservative majority will mod this comment down into oblivion in retaliation, but that doesn't make it untrue.
You really are out of touch with reality if you think slashdot has an overwhelming conservative majority. Plus, you can't label the whole GOP for the actions of a few dipshits anymore than you would label all muslims as terrorists.
However, I also believe that if we do nothing, they will only get more powerful, and it could take decades or centuries for their folly to slow them down. In that time, a whole lot of people could die and suffer.
That said, what would really make it tough for them is a lack of opposition. Their tactics tend to be very self defeating when the larger powers don't overreact and get drawn into conflict with them.
Not from any evidence I've ever seen. No larger power had given them any attention for the past year, and their numbers, financial resources, and power swelled unchecked; they only become a greater threat with time. You cannot ignore them and make them go away, it doesn't work like that. One defector stated their long term goals include taking over the mideast, followed by Europe, and eventually, the entire globe. That obviously can't happen because they've ignorantly shunned the sciences, but it could take a whole 'nother generation or two before that lack of knowledge really takes its toll (if they're left unchecked in the meantime).
Granted, however, that this war will be lose-lose, because no matter what the western powers do, they will be decried in every form imaginable. But there is no choice. There is no logic where such a fanatical religion has taken root.
That said, I think highly of Bono, he seems a good dude, and doesn't let biases determine who he'll talk to or work with, and has done a tremendous amount of good.
in the US the range is 535-1605 khz
Is that an anti-american dig? Just because we don't use metric for everything doesn't mean we're clueless about it. Most people I know would know that 1000k=1M, and millions of us work or study in IT or other scientific fields where kilo, mega, giga, micro, pico, tera, etc..prefixes are common knowledge, despite our continued use of the Imperial system. Anyone who's graduated from a decent high school should know that.