America’s First War With Muslims
About six years ago, President Obama said that the Koran had an historical importance in the founding of America. When Jefferson was President, he hosted the first Muslim Ambassador to the U.S. who was from Tunisia. He also hosted a ‘sunset dinner’ during Ramada.
He said, “…Islam has always been a part of America. The first Muslim Ambassador to the United States – Tunisia was hosted by President Jefferson, who hosted a sunset dinner at the White House for Ramada.”
There was a member of Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison, who was sworn in on the Koran. Here is what he said:
“Definitely an important historical document in our national history and demonstrates that Jefferson was a broad visionary thinker…It would have been something that contributed to his thinking.”
Detroit Free Press1/5/2007
So, how was this credited to Thomas Jefferson?
It was after the Revolutionary War and a peace treaty was concluded in 1783 that we had to deal with radical Muslim extremist. Jefferson, Franklin and Adams was sent by the Continental Congress to meet with Muslim Ambassadors to other nations in Europe. They were there for two years (doing other business as well).
Thomas Jefferson asked (paraphrased), “Why is it that you attack us? What have we done to you. You hold Americans captive, you take our ships and you demand ransom.” The reply by the Muslim was that it is in the Koran that we can capture unbelievers and when we die, we will go to heaven.
Back in the 1780s, American did not have a navy. In fact, it was not until 1800 that America started building ships. The ships that were captured were commercial ships that were sailing in the Mediterranean.
At this time (1783), and many years thereafter, the Barbary Coast nations were demanding $1,000,000 for the return of the ship and crew members. This was an enormous amount at that time (pretty high for today, too).
Statement of Tripoli Ambassador to Adams and Jefferson
“The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the 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 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.”
After knowing this, is what made Adams and Jefferson to know more, and in order to know more, they would have to read the Koran. This all leads up to the “Jefferson Koran.”
The war with the Muslims was the first official war against the United States after our Revolutionary War.
When George Washington was President during for two terms, yet the United States still had no navy. It was not until President Adams (the second U.S. President) that ships were being built, which started in 1800.
There was a white monument in front of the Capitol which was moved to Annapolis, Maryland. It is a monument that recorded the war we had with the Barbary Coast nations. On it has heads of decapitated Muslim men. In other words, we honoured our victory over Muslims and showed – in carving – what we did to them. You don’t hear that today? If Donald Trump knew about this, he might move Tripoli monument back to the Capitol.
Jefferson couldn’t believe what was told by the Muslim leader – that the Koran said it was OK to kill infidels, to hold them ransom. He said he got to read their book. So, that is how we get what is known today as “Jefferson’s Koran.” But there is more to come…
When George Washington was President, we still didn’t have a navy. But all during his tenure, American merchant ships were being attacked AND held ransom. If the ransom could not be paid, they were sold into slavery. It was so bad that by Washington’s 7th year in office, the ransom money took 16% of our GNP! Here is what he said:
Would to heaven we had a navy able to reform those enemies to mankind – or crush them into non-existence.
Donald Trump is not the first President that spoke harshly about the Muslim; our FIRST President was the one that said he would like to crush the Muslims.
Washington appealed to Congress for money to build a Navy. Here was his reason for this:
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means to preserving peace.
If you want to end a war, you have to be willing and have the capability of fighting a war.
By the time that the money is appropriated, John Adams is President. And it was John Adams who is known as the father of the American Navy. It could have been Washington but because no money was appropriated, it went to Adams.
But John Adams did not go to war with the Muslims. The reason why is, that Adams said (paraphrase), “If we go to war with these people the conflict would last forever.” He also said that he doesn’t think that the American people have the stomach to take on Muslim terrorists.
At the time that John Adams left office, ransom money was up to 20% of the federal budget! This is a huge amount. Think about us having to pay our enemies this amount of money! At this time, tax riots broke out because of what we were paying to Muslim nations.
The general who was to be in charge of the fighting in Tripoli said to Jefferson, “That we were considered weak Christians because we would not fight.” (Referring to the time we were attacked under Washington and Adams.) The general went on to say, since we would not fight they were willing to come on after us. Jefferson’s response was, “I’m willing to fight.” After we showed a willingness to fight is when the Muslims left us alone.
Jefferson put military troops on the ground over there for 5 years. This is where we get our Marine Corps Hymn. Some of the words are: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. We will fight our country’s battles on the land and on the sea…”
The troops came home in 1805 and in 1806 the Koran was printed in America in English. But what Obama and all liberals dare not say is what was written in the Introduction of the book. The people wanted to know why we were fighting and what the enemy was thinking. In order to know what the enemy thinks, you’ve got to read their book.
The Introduction reads, in part, “You’ll wonder of the set of absurdities that affect that part of the world…”
It goes on to say that if you read this (Koran), you will have contempt for what they believe in.
In NO way was the printing of the Koran in support of Muslim coming to America, much less holding political office. The printing of the Koran was to inform the American public of the dangers of Islam. American back in the colonial days as the early years of our Republic were great historians, and to know about other nations you have to read their books, which include their religious books. Americans were well informed about European history. And, at this time, the Ottoman Empire still held some parts of Europe captive. Just about 125 years previously, the Muslims were at the Gates of Vienna until a Christian coalition defeated them.
Then, there was a period of peace in America until the War of 1812, in which the U.S. fought the British again. When this war was waging, the Muslims started attacking our merchant ships again. It was decided by President James Madison that we could not fight on two fronts, so the U.S. suffered. As soon as the war ended in 1815, Madison loaded up the ships and sent them off to North Africa again.
The U.S. Was fighting Algiers for two years.
This is all history that is not taught in schools, as it shows the true characters of Christians and Early America. But events have come full circle again and the question we have to ask ourselves – are we willing to fight? This fight is not only on American soil but on European soil, too.