Lessons Learned?

This past week, POTUS stated that “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.”  Strangely enough, he was correct, although probably not in the way that he intended.

The following are excerpts from the article “Islam Versus the United States” in reference to the Barbary Pirates:

Prior to the Revolutionary War, American merchant ships enjoyed British protection on the high seas. Under the terms of Britain’s treaties with other nations, including the Barbary States, American ships were issued British-backed passes of safe conduct for the Mediterranean.
These maritime passes operated on a very simple yet effective system that declared the bearer immune from seizure. The pass would be cut in half along a serrated, lateral line, the top of which was issued to a ship’s captain, while the bottom half was given to the Barbary regency and copied for distribution to the corsair captains. When a vessel was boarded by pirates, the ship’s captain would produce his pass, and if the edges and words or images matched, it was usually accepted-although occasionally a palm or two would need greasing; the prize would be released and allowed to sail away unmolested. Although fraught with abuse and forgery, the system worked reasonably well. (London, Victory in Tripoli, p.13).

When Jefferson became President, the new nation possessed only 6 fighting ships.

The Muslim pirates in the Barbary States saw a golden opportunity for extortion, blackmail, and the obtaining of slaves.

They did not hesitate to descend like vultures on the defenseless merchant ships.

While he was ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson was frankly told that the Muslim creed commands them to make war upon all unbelievers:

In May 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then the U.S. ambassador to France, and John Adams, then the U.S. ambassador to Britain, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the resident Tripolitan ambassador, to try to negotiate a peace treaty to protect the United States from the threat of Barbary piracy. These future U.S. presidents questioned the ambassador as to why his government was so hostile to the new American Republic even though America had done nothing to provoke any animosity of any sort. Ambassador Adja answered them, as they reported to the Continental Congress, “that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.” (London, Victory in Tripoli, pp. 23-24).

The above bolded quotes can be found in various locations and forms, and are historical facts (not fiction). 

The story of the Barbary Pirates continued with the United States sending a squadron of ships and Marines to the area, fighting, and defeating the pirates, thus the reference to “Shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Anthem.

The bottom line is that the Islamic practice of conquest, tributes, slavery, and murder is nothing new.  It’s just more horrific with modern weapons and mass-media.

And just in case you haven’t heard, here are the passages from the Koran that justifies such actions:

  • Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in God nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and His apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. (Sura 9:29).
  • When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens. (Sura 47:1).
  • They would have you disbelieve as they themselves have disbelieved, so that you may be all alike. Do not befriend them until they have fled their homes for the cause of God. If they desert you, seize them and put them to death wherever you find them. (Sura 4:87).

Why is it that our “leaders” fail to see that history is repeating itself?  Have the lessons of the past been relegated to the past and forgotten?  In the Land of the Free, we have taken things for granted, but recoil in horror as people are tortured, raped, and killed for their beliefs which are similar to our own.  We need to remember the following:

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We really need to remember this as well:

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And especially this one:

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Is it now any wonder why the world is insane and burning?

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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