Tuesday, January 24, 2006

US vs. Moslems—circa 1805 (part 1 of 2)

Is Islam’s beef with America all about oil? Is it because of American support of Israel? Is it because America is an imperialist nation trying to invade and control every country? We can’t miss hearing these sorts of arguments in the media constantly these days. Be it the Moslems, the Europeans, or the leftists in the United States itself – you will hear arguments that assert these very viewpoints, with nary an argument against it.

Rarely if ever does the mainstream media entertain any notions contrary to this basic talking point--‘We, the west – especially the United States – are the bad guys and the rest – especially the Moslems – are good’. And the conclusion that we are supposed to draw from all this? It’s usually something along the lines of ‘It is America that has made these nice, peace-loving, self-sacrificing Moslems hijack their religion of peace which is known as Islam.’

But is this the truth? Are Islam and Moslems the good guys and everyone else bad? Have we really been playing the Great Satan all along?

Many seem to have forgotten this but there was a time when America was an infant. It didn’t need oil (no internal combustion engines in that bygone era), there was no Israel, and America didn’t possess overwhelming military power. The newborn country had just won its independence from the then reigning world power Britain and was trying to stand up on its own feet. But even then it had an enemy—an enemy that wasn’t attacked by America first, that America didn’t have any serious dealings with—an enemy that still looms large to this day.

You guessed it right, Islam attacks us now—and it attacked us back then too. Not because America had asked for oil or backed Israel, but because it was a duty on the Moslems of that time (as it is now) to subdue the non Moslems and demand from them the Jizya tax. And strangely enough, they managed to do so for some time.

Once America won its independence in 1783, word of this far-away event eventually reached the Islamic city state of Tripoli (now in Libya) and its barbarian (Moslem) allies of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. These Moslems quickly decided to impose the Jizya tax on all American ships, ‘ordering’ the new nation to pay the Moslems the ‘Jizya’ tax, or else its ships in the Mediterranean will be looted and plundered. Anyone who has read up on Mohammed and Islam knows this is exactly what the ‘prophet’ did to the Koreish tribe—the only difference being, Mohammed did it on land and the North Africa Mohammedans did it at sea.

The Islamic pirates of the Barbary Coast had not issued empty threats. They actually took two American ships hostage in 1785 and demanded that the US Government pay (for the time) the extraordinary sum of US $60,000, or else they’d slaughter the crew (does any of this sound familiar?) Americans—following the European convention of that time—of course paid the Moslem pirates the ransom money, and they got the ships and crews back. Europeans who considered themselves big powers were well used to paying the ‘Jizya’ tax to their devout Moslem neighbors.

These ‘peace-loving’ Moslems lost little time in extracting top dollar from this new infidel government calling itself the United States. That’s why the American government at the time allotted a certain amount of money to pay for the Jizya tax every year which, sometimes—even in those days, hit the $1 million mark annually.

“Payments in ransom and tribute to the (Moslem) privateering states amounted to 20 percent of United States government annual revenues in 1800.”
When the ambassador of Tripoli to Britain was asked by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in a meeting in London regarding the reason for applying such a tax on a nation that had never wronged Tripoli (or any other Moslem state) in anyway the following answer was received:
“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 risoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

All of this sounds drearily familiar to anyone that watches TV or reads a newspaper in 2006, but very few people know that America had the same problem with the Moslems some 200 yrs earlier. And then, just as now, we had Europeans who would pay any ransom and give ‘respect’ to any bully or thug that threatened to look cross-eyed at them. Whether its 1806 or 2006, the ‘nuanced’ and ‘sophisticated’ Europeans seem incapable of understanding that sometimes brute force is the only option—and against an implacable enemy like Islam, it’s the ONLY option. (To be continued)

Source: Barbary Wars

1 comment:

hutchrun said...

The Myth Of Mecca
`Al-Rawandi concludes that the Sira, the life of Mohammed in Mecca and Medina, is a myth, a "baseless fiction." This is the conclusion of a substantial number of serious academic historians working in Islamic studies today. They include Mohammed Ibn al-Warraq, Mohammed Ibn al-Rawandi, John Wansbrough, Kenneth Cragg, Patricia Crone, Michael Cook, John Burton, Andrew Rippin, Julian Baldick, Gerald Hawting, and Suliman Bashear. Yet they and their research are virtually unknown. `

For al-Rawandi, Islam is an invention for the purpose of providing a religious justification for Arab imperialism. The Conquest is the reason and explanation for Islam, not the other way around.