"We" (Americans) didn't even participate in the Crusades, so "we" can't "continue" to meddle. And what were the Crusades, anyway? Weren't they an attempt by Christians (the Catholic Church, actually) to RECOVER lands that they (or other Christians, i.e., the Byzantine Empire) had ruled, but which Muslim "aggression" took away from them? As to this issue not driving Ottoman (later Turkish) policy, just look at Cyprus. Look, Western Europe has largely gotten over the Crusades -- like, centuries ago. Most Americans frankly don't know jack shit about European or Middle Eastern history, and care even less. So, with the recent oil discoveries in Mexico, let's just annex THAT country (half of them are here, anyway) until we find a better energy alternative. Then the brutal Arab dictatorships can fade into the insignificance that they enjoyed for centuries, and which they richly deserve for the future.