A term that has gained prominence in the Western media and Muslim networks (such as Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabya) since the September 11, 2001, attacks prompted the production and release of audio tapes by jihadists (some of whom are in the terrorist network al-Qaeda, aka The Base) in which Western governments, and their military forces, are referred to as The Crusaders. Presumably, this is a throwback to Medieval times when Christian states in Europe occupied Muslim lands in the name of religion while actually promoting old-fashioned Roman-style imperialism. "Imperialists" and "Crusaders" are interchangeably used in the audio tapes, videos, and published statements of terrorist and jihadist leaders throughout the middle east.
"The crusader war against Islam has intensified. The world is split into two. Part of it is under the head of infidels, Bush, and the other half under the banner of Islam," it said."
“The blockade which the West is imposing on the government of Hamas proves that there is a Zionist, crusaders’ war on Islam,” said the tape, which U.S. intelligence officials think is authentic.