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When Peace Means War!
We must realize that a Muslim country will not and cannot make a treaty with what it considers to be an infidel (Christian) nation unless it is a one-way street. Thomas Jefferson, embroiled with Islamic terrorists in his day, commented, “Too long, for the honor of nations, have those Barbarians been suffered [permitted] to trample on the sacred faith of treaties, on the rights and laws of human nature!”
by Gary DeMar
The opening line of the Marines’ Hymn “From the Halls of Montezuma” refers to the Battle of Chapultepec, the engagement between Mexican and American armies during the Mexican-American War in 1847. “When that battle ended, the United States had won a decisive military victory over General Santa Anna’s Mexican army that was holding Chapultepec Castle, located just west of Mexico City.” “To the shores of Tripoli” commemorates the actions of the United States Marines and their part in the capture of Derna on April 27, 1805. It seems that we are still fighting Tripoli, but in this time Islam has grown to be the largest religion in the world with the oft-stated goal of eliminating Israel and imposing "Sharia Law" over the entire planet!
Thomas Jefferson was a student of the Koran. He owned a two-volume English translation edition first published in 1734. He understood that the Koran’s peace initiatives were double-talk and one-sided. Peace meant the absence of any religious or political opposition. This is the indisputable history of Islam as historian Paul Johnson argues:
"Koranic teaching that the faith or “submission” can be, and in suitable circumstances must be, imposed by force, has never been ignored. On the contrary, the history of Islam from Arabia was followed by the rapid conquest of North Africa, the invasion and virtual conquest of Spain, and a thrust into France that carried the crescent to the gates of Paris. It took half a millennium or reconquest to expel the Moslems from Western Europe. The Crusades, far from being an outrageous prototype of Western imperialism, as is taught in most of our schools, were a mere episode in a struggle that has lasted 1,400 years and were one of the few occasions when Christians took the offensive to regain the 'occupied territories' of the Holy Land" ("Relentlessly and Thoroughly: The Only Way to Respond," National Review, Oct. 15, 2001).
As early as 1786, Jefferson, who was serving as the ambassador to France, and John Adams, the Ambassador to Britain, met in London with Ambassador Abdrahaman, the Dey of Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain, in an attempt to negotiate a peace treaty based on Congress’ vote of funding. Peace would come at a price. If America wanted “temporary peace,” a one-year guarantee, it would cost $66,000 plus a 10% commission. “Everlasting peace” was a bargain at $160,000 plus the obligatory commission. This only applied to Tripoli. Other Islamic nations would also have to be paid. The amount came to $1.3 million. But as we saw above, there was no assurance that the treaties would be honored. In vain Jefferson and Adams tried to argue that the United States were not at war with Tripoli. In what way had the U.S provoked the Muslims, they asked? Ambassador Abdrahaman went on to explain “the finer points of Islamic jihad” to the Koranically challenged Jefferson and Adams. In a letter to John Jay, Jefferson wrote the following:
"The Ambassador answered us 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, 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" (Quoted in Wheelan, Jefferson's War, p. 40-41).
Abdrahaman was paraphrasing the Koran’s “rules of engagement” found in the 47 Surah:
“Whenever you encounter the ones who disbelieve [during wartime], seize them by their necks until once you have subdued them, then tie them up as prisoners, either in order to release them later on, or also to ask for ransom, until war lays down her burdens.”
Unless a nation submitted to an Islamic nation, whether it was the aggressor or not, that nation was by definition at war with Islam. Jihad means “to submit.” A non-aggressing nation is still at war with Islam as long as it hasn’t embraced Islam. Islam’s goal is to conquer the world, either by the submission of one’s will or by Allah’s sword (Robert Spencer, The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion, 2006).
When President Jefferson refused to increase the tribute demanded by the Islamists, Tripoli declared war on the United States. A United States navy squadron, under Commander Edward Preble, blockaded Tripoli from 1803 to 1805. After rebel soldiers from Tripoli, led by United States Marines, captured the city of Derna, the Pasha of Tripoli signed a treaty promising to exact no more tribute.
We must realize that a Muslim country will not and cannot make a treaty with what it considers to be an infidel (Christian) nation unless it is a one-way street. Thomas Jefferson, embroiled with Islamic terrorists in his day, commented, “Too long, for the honor of nations, have those Barbarians been suffered [permitted] to trample on the sacred faith of treaties, on the rights and laws of human nature!” (Quoted in Joseph Wheelan, Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror, 1801-1805, p. 102).
Little has changed since the eighteenth century. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who took office in August 2005, stated that “Anyone who signs a treaty which recognizes the entity of Israel means he has signed the surrender of the Muslim world.” According to the Koran, the United States, like Israel today, is considered an infidel nation. Ahmadinejad described the current Islamic relationship between the United States as an “historic war between the oppressor [the Christian United States] and the world of Islam.” For Ahmadinejad, this “historic war...dates backs hundreds of years” (Golnaz Esfandiari, Israel should be 'wiped off the map': Iran President, Oct. 27, 2005).
The Last American
I am reminded of the sobering messages on the dedication page of J. A. Mitchell’s The Last American (1889) and the book’s closing words:
“To those thoughtful Persians who can read a warning in the sudden rise and swift extinction of a foolish people [the Americans] this volume is dedicated....Again upon the sea. This time for Persia, bearing our wounded and the ashes of the dead [last American]; those of the natives are reposing beneath the Great Temple [U.S. Capitol]. The skull of the last Mehrikan I shall present to the museum at Teheran.”
It’s no wonder that Jefferson studied the Koran. He realized that if Americans ever capitulated, the Muslims would be singing “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of A-mer-i-ca.”
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