UI- Part 308 – War with Islam
War with Islam
America was at war with Islam before. Who knows, we may still be. It was the 3rd President (1801-1809) of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, that declared war. Frustrated with Congress for paying what seemed never ending ransoms, this President put his foot down and refused to be held hostage to Barbary Coast Muslims who demanded payment for an American vessel and crew that had tried to do trade in the Mediterranean.
A friend forwarded an email to me, the subject: “Leatherneck.” It was very interesting, enough so to share. It is history. I consider it part of Understanding Islam. The confrontation with Islam is not new. We need to continue, it appears, to fight back, as did those under Jefferson’s command. The email read:
“Here is a little history for you. Including how the term ‘Leatherneck’ came to be. Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago, the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic . They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded. These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli , Tunis , Morocco , and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic .
“Before the Revolutionary War , U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain . When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy. Beginning in1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s Minister to France . That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war. In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Day of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic States into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.
“In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams [President #2 (1797-1801); TJ was VP] met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts. The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered (please pay attention to this) that Islam “was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.” Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800. Jefferson was disgusted.
“Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything. Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that it was finally time to meet force with force. He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”. When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815.
“The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn, They would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.
“Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States . This should bother every American.
“That the Islam’s (Muslims) have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities. Ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah, public schools are pulling pork from their menus, on and on in the news papers…. It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America.
“By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct than victorious. Any doubts, just Google Thomas Jefferson vs the Muslim World or click this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War”
Oldest Military Monument in USA
The oldest military monument in the USA rests at the Naval Academy and commemorates the lives and soldiers who fought against the Muslim barbarians. It is the Tripoli Monument which is pictured.
Tripoli Monument – at the Naval Academy
ISIS – Old Habits
With ISIS there is nothing new. We fight the terrorist army of Allah who believes it has a right, willed by Allah, to kill infidels. Rewards will be provided in the form of entry into the Gardens of Paradise. This is the way they think; this is what they believe; this is what they teach. This is what the world needs to extinguish. Moderate Muslims must either lead the charge to reform Islam or they themselves will prove that as the Turkish President Erdogan proclaimed several years ago, “The term ‘moderate Islam’ is ugly and offensive. There is no moderate Islam. Islam is Islam.” That would be applicable to a moderate Muslim, as it would be declared ‘the only thing a moderate Muslim can be is an infidel.’ The war continues. We cannot appease Muslims or Islamists, or however you want to label the problem, being as politically correct as you choose. Regardless the Islamists have proven from history their Scripture tells them they are superior and must do all that is possible to eradicate any in the world who are not Muslim.
We must protect our necks from the sword of the Prophet and the god they call Allah. This ideology can only be couched in terms of a demonic cabal bent on the destruction and taking from those who they call infidel. Innocents are only Muslims inadvertently killed in the exercise of the marauding action to enjoy the spoils of war, which include rape and murder, and continue the battle born out of the desert in Medina (Yatrib at the time).
Not a New War
This reminder of the time our Navy was established and the first war fought by the New Republic, the United States of America, may be a precursor to the last war we wage to take the steps necessary to cause peace in the world. We cannot stand alone, but must as a minimum stand-up to the demented architecture of the mind of the Imam’s, the ulema, and the families that pride themselves on being part of Muhammad’s tribe of killers for Allah. What they teach, what they preach and what they encourage can only be engendered by inhaling wrath filled vapors from Hades which then make them do what no human, not of God’s creation, sees as good. The Scripture of Islam, the Quran, is but the guide-book of Satan’s black heart.
Thank you RW for sending me the email.
Grace and Peace