Emperor Manuel asked, "Hey, why are you guys besieging my dear city Constantinople?" The learned muslim, taking another sip of his extra strong turkish coffee, responded with "Well, even though you are an infidel dog, that should be simple enough for you to understand. We, the Ummah, have a mandate direct from Allah to convert the entire world using the sword. Constantinople just happened to be the next in line. Anyhow, you really should have accepted our initial offer that you surrender and start paying the Jizyah; it would have saved you a lot of mess, and it would have made our job so much easier." Emperor Manuel, feeling increasingly uncomfortable in his heavy gilded armor, and needing to find the men's room after having too much coffee to drink during the course of the long parley, wasn't feeling like he was making much headway in the discussion. But, after scratching his head (dang fleas!), he finally said "But, wait a minute, Mr. Pasha, what you're telling me is most unreasonable: God is a rational Being, and therefore He would never use violence to convert people. That would be contrary to His nature…"
Now quoting, in an academic lecture, a centuries year old text about someone criticizing Islam can have interesting, unexpected consequences nowadays. In this case, the Goat Diaper Jihadists have gotten really miffed and have gone, once again, on the rampage. The NY Times, the august newspaper of record, is huffily calling for an apology from Benedict. And many Europeans, being dhimmis-in-training and perennial appeasers, are highly embarrassed and are calling for Benny to kowtow and apologize for letting the cat out of the bag.
But all this seems very ironic to me. One would have thought the Goat Diaperists would regard the conquest of Constantinope as the supreme test case vindicating their position; after all, it was the xtian Byzantines who were destroyed and thus on the losing side of the argument. So instead of rioting and burning Benedict XVI in effigy, they should have been dancing in the streets and celebrating, and thanking him for reminding the world who were the winners and losers. Instead of waving banners saying, "Watch your back, Benny Boy!", you would think they would be rejoicing and displaying placards saying stuff like "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, WE WON!" or "Constantinople FELL to US! Take THAT, Kuffir!" or "Allah's on OUR side! We got proof! Yesterday Constantinople. Tomorrow Rome!" or "We did a great number on the Hagia Sophia. Just wait and see what we'll do with Saint Peter's."
Constantinople fell, indeed, because the West could never get its act together enough to finally unite and oppose what was happening. And, by all appearances, we today are about to repeat the same experience, only this time around the Goat Diaper Jihadists will have holy knukes.
Addendum: According to British author David Selbourne, we're on the losing side, as he explains, in his article entitled "Can the West defeat the Islamist threat? Here are ten reasons why not".