by: the Common Constitutionalist
With the embassy attack in Benghazi and the latest attack at the Boston Marathon, radical Muslims are once again front and center.
These attacks remind us of how vulnerable we are and the Islamic radical understands that vulnerability. They also understand the weakness we project around the world. This weakness, either real or perceived matters not to those who want to do us harm.
This vulnerability is not new. Many believe that Muslims have just recently become radicalized. That until a few decades ago, Muslims were peaceful and have just within the past few decades been driven to this warring mentality.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Muslims have been attacking the infidel for centuries. They have been a problem for America all the way back to our founding and for the Europeans long before that.
We are also taught that America was the infamous cradle of slavery, but between 1530 and 1780 it is estimated that more than one and half million Europeans and Americans were enslaved by Islamic nations .
Crews of Islamic pirates, known as the Barbary Pirates, launched out of North Africa (Tripoli, Algiers, Morocco and Tunis) to harass, plunder, capture and hold for ransom trade ships from Europe and the American colonies.
Before the revolution, the mighty British fleet with both force and bribes protected the colonies. The British and other European powers would buy off the Pirates.
During the revolution America had an alliance with the French to protect our trade routes.
So the founders knew full well of the scourge of Islam. George Washington warned of bribes and caving into the Islamic nations; that it would do nothing but embolden them.
Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain told both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams that it was written in the Koran that those who do not acknowledge the authority of Islam were sinners. Thus, they were obliged to make war upon and enslave the infidel.
In a letter to Tench Coxe, Jefferson wrote: “As to myself, I love peace, and I am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war,which is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer. I love, therefore, . . . [the] proposition of cutting off all communication with the nation which has conducted itself so atrociously. This, you will say, may bring on war. If it does, we will meet it like men; but it may not bring on war, and then the experiment will have been a happy one.” He did not want war, but understood it may come to that.
He also understood there was no negotiating with pirate nations. He knew “… the only solution is a strong Navy that can reach the Pirates”, and “… it would be best to effect a peace thro’ the medium of war.” When he, Jefferson, became president, he refused to pay the Muslims off. He basically told the Pasha of Tripoli to put his demand for payment where the sun don’t shine.
The Pasha didn’t take kindly to this, promptly declaring war on the United States and was joined by the other Islamic pirate nations.
President Jefferson obliged them with a show of force. Tunis and Algiers succumb to that force and broke with the pirate alliance. The next to fall was Morocco, courtesy of Commodore Edward Preble’s aggressiveness.
The last hold out was the same Islamic nation that started it all; Tripoli. Threatened by capture from both land and sea, the Pasha agreed to a treaty that ended the war.
So once again our founders have shown us the way. They understood what today’s leaders do not. The Islamic nations have never proven to be friendly, and I’m being generous.
Don’t believe me. Remember what the Ambassador of Tripoli told Jefferson. Centuries later, nothing is changed.