The part of the crusades that really struck me most was how all of these different religions became more or less the same bully to surrounding nations. All of these religions, Catholic, Christian, Muslim, caused nothing but harm and heartache to the people that they invaded. All of them were also under the notion that what they were doing was the best for the people. So as different as all of them made them out to be, in a way, they were all the same. Another fact that strikes home with me is that the reason all of this started was because when the Turks captured Jerusalem, they were making the pilgrimage to the Christians sacred hill more and more difficult. So the underlying reason is that one religion didn’t respect another, which is still a huge problem in modern day society. There is an ongoing conflict between almost every religion, and lack thereof, which is practiced currently. You would think that humans would learn from their past mistakes and make sure they don’t happen again, but that would be far too easy. The last part of the crusades that caught my eye was the relentlessness of the people fighting in these holy wars. If someone would have stopped being so stubborn and just tried to diplomatically solve the issue instead of having a huge pissing contest and massacring thousands of people in the process. This is yet another problem that modern day leaders have yet to solve.