Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Al-Qaeda is not our first war against Islamic Terrorists

America's Early Confrontation with Islam

America has been at war with Islamic terrorists before, and it's a sad case to justapose our founding fathers response against our current elected officials in Washington. In the middle of his new article entitled "An Historical Perspective on a Muslim Being Sworn into Congress on the Koran, historian, David Barton traces the history of the United States confrontation with Islamic terrorism on the high seas. They didn't call it "terrorism" then, but "Piracy". And although the terminolgy for the Islamic behavior may have changed over the years, the beliefs and motivations that drive Muslims has not.

The war is known as the Barbary Powers. It lasted 32 years, spanned the U.S. Presidency of four administrations, and until this conflict arose, the United States did not have it's own navy. To ensure the safety of American commerce and its citizens, President John Adams commissioned the U.S. Navy to be built. This is an intersting note in history, given our present circumstances with the rise of Islamic imperialism in the 21st century: Because of Islamic terrorism/piracy on the high seas, we have a U.S. Navy today. Did you catch that?! The U.S. Navy was borne out of the need to confront an Islamic enemy!

One of the most interesting facts of this piece of history is the discovery made by Thomas Jefferson as to the motivation of why the Muslim Pirates were attacking American ships unprovoked:

"The Ambassador answered us that it was founded in our laws of their Prophet [Mohammed] - that it was written in their Koran that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners; that is 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" Thomas Jefferson

David Barton is the founder of Wallbuilders, and owns the largest private library of the original writings by the founding fathers of the United States, next to The Library of Congress.

Download the article: An Historical Perspective on a Muslim Being Sworn into Congress on the Koran

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