Why can't we learn from this history???
by Todd Ferguson
Just some edifying things to put some of today's world chaos into perspective ...
In 1784 and 1785, the “Dey of Algiers,” an Ottoman (Turkish) Muslim, warlord in Algiers and other Morrocan muslims pirates from Algiers and Libya boarded, seized three U.S. ships and imprisoned the sailors as slaves. In 1786, Thomas Jefferson (and John Quicy Adams too) were sent to London to negotiate a treaty with the Dey’s ambassador, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman. An agreement was made to pay ransom for the sailors in return for the promise of no further attacks. In responding to Congress to authorize the funds to pay the ransom, Jefferson was asked why these attacks were happening when the U.S. had no previous contact with these countries and rulers. Jefferson’s response stated:
“…that it (the Muslim faith) 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, 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.”
It should be noted that shortly after the payment more attacks occurred. In fact, they continued for a long time and in 1801, Yussif Karmanli, the warlord of Tripoli declared war on the U.S. Jefferson became President, he led America into the first Barbary War (1801 to 1805) in an attempt to stop the attacks and enslavement. (Have you ever wondered from where the words in U.S. Marine hymn “… to the shores of Tripoli” came? From the Barbary Wars against Algerians and Libyans, Triploi being the capitol of Libya.) Karamanli, faced with an overwhelming invasion cried for peace negotiations and the U.S. obliged, paid him a small ransom and exchanged some prisoners and the war was "over."
Yet, in 1807, the attacks began yet again. The U.S. leadership was somewhat baffled as to why the Morrocan tribes wouldn’t keep their word and uphold the treaties until they learned the Islamic command that basically states: when a Muslim has made an agreement with an Infidel and that agreement has now become an impediment to expanding the Islamic empire, to keep the agreement would be an “Islamic mortal sin.” Therefore, from the Islamic viewpoint, it is not only permissible to make and break an agreement with an Infidel, you must break that agreement if you can then attack and conquer that Infidel.
So tell me again, why we waste our time negotiating with people who are saying everyday the want to wipe us off the face of the earth. ISIS or IS, in Iraq is the perfect example of the Muslim following the exact tenets of Islam. It ain't pretty! They are not only killing Christians now, they are continuing to kill other muslims who they feel are not following Mohammed's commandments and declaring jihad.
Just how many people have to die until we “Westerners” understand that negotiating with a Muslim is tantamount to allowing ourselves to be INCREMENTALLY CONQUERED !
And I’ll end with another famous quote about the condition of man and why war is sometimes the only necessity when others will not leave you alone:
“We make war that we may live in peace.”― Aristotle