Ross Douthat thinks you can compare Israel to "Outremer." Like you can compare Afghanistan to ca. 1000 Francia? No.
But at least Douthat's consistent. This is the same guy who called Islam "Christianity's most enduring and impressive foe." He is, in a sense, trying to rescue Outremer, trying to learn from the Franks' mistakes of so many centuries ago -- not to forge better understanding in the region, but to create a new Judeo-Christian hegemony, and give weight (against all work to the contrary) to Al Qaeda's claims about "Judeo-Christian crusaders." Maybe he can recruit Erik Prince, as a new Raymond of St. Gilles to Douthat's Urban II.