The Barbary Barbarity and Other Inconvenient Facts of History


worldleaders_islamThere is no question that since the 9/11 Muslim terrorist attack some sixteen years ago, most American politicians have parroted the fantasy line that Islam is a religion of peace, and that true democracy and true Islam can partner for a better future….

Recently, however, I have come across some quotations by American politicians which take issue with this assessment, mostly because of their awareness of larger world history. Here they are:

He [Muhammad] poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.

 

During the thousand years that included the careers of the Frankish soldier and the Polish king, the Christians of Asia and Africa proved unable to wage successful war with the Muslim conquerors; and in consequence Christianity practically vanished from the two continents; and today nobody can find in them any “social values” whatever, in the sense in which we use the words, so far as the sphere of Muslim influence. There are such “social values” today in Europe, America, and Australia only because during those thousand years the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do – that is, to beat back the Muslim invader.

 

In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle.

 

 

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Ambassador Adja

These future United States presidents [Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, in 1786] questioned the ambassador [Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the Tripolitan ambassador to Britain] as to why his (Islamic) government was so hostile to the new American republic even though America had done nothing to provoke any such animosity [the presenting issue was the unprovoked attacks by the Barbary pirates on American shipping]. Ambassador Adja answered them, as they reported to the Continental Congress, ‘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 Muslim who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise’.barbary

 

In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth.  Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law the doctrine of one omnipotent God, he connected indissolubly with it the audacious falsehood that he was himself his prophet and apostle.

 

Nor can the plundering of Infidels be forbidden in that sacred Book [the Quran], since it is well known from it that God has given the World, and all that it contains, to his faithful Muslims, who are to enjoy it as a right as fast as they conquer it.

 

The command to propagate the Muslim creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective… by fraud, or by force.

Such assessments by our American politicians might give us hope as to how to conduct our future affairs with the Islamic world, but for the fact that these clear-sighted leaders are long gone from the stage of history. They were written by and large by some of our Founding Fathers, with one exception — that by Teddy Roosevelt. (In a few cases, I modernized the language from that of the early 1800s). Here are the authors in order of the quotations:

  1. John Quincy Adams
  2. Teddy Roosevelt
  3. John Quincy Adams
  4. Thomas Jefferson
  5. John Quincy Adams
  6. Benjamin Franklin
  7. John Quincy Adams

Political correctness run amok has led to blindness among our present political class, but with all the evidence staring us in the face in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, perhaps the blinders are beginning to come off. One may always hope.

Once again, let me emphasize — our problems are not with individual Muslims, who may be wonderful, Christianized people, but with orthodox Islam, which is what each of the above writers addressed. The system of Islam causes chaos for the rest of the non-Muslim world. Muslims may or may not contribute to that mayhem, depending on how assiduously they cling to the teachings and behaviors of their prophet.

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One Response to The Barbary Barbarity and Other Inconvenient Facts of History

  1. Keith Turnbull says:

    Wow! It’s sure is good to figuratively hear someone tell it like it is, ignoring all the politically correct bovine excrement!

    Thank you, Mateen!

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