Boston and America’s 200-Year-War with Islam

The Boston bombings, the Fort Hood shootings, the events of 9/11, and numerous international Islamic terrorist activities are only new to people who have no sense of history.

Most Americans are familiar with the first line of the United States Marine Corps hymn, “From the halls of Montezuma1 to the shores of Tripoli” but most likely don’t know the source of the “Tripoli” reference. The line “to the shores of Tripoli” refers to the First Barbary War, specifically the Battle of Derna, that took place in 1805.

Our earliest founders were familiar with the terrorist ways of radical Islamists. Thomas 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. Peace for an Islamist means surrender to Islam.

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 Muslim nations would also have to be paid. The amount came to $1.3 million. But there was no assurance that the treaties would be honored. In vain, Jefferson and Adams tried to argue that America was 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.”2

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.”

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Decatur Boarding Tripolitan Gunboat

Unless a nation submits to Islam — 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.

Paul Johnson writes:

“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.”3

 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.

President Obama is not the first person who has tried to whitewash Islam’s history and sell us on the peaceful motives of Muslims. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a Muslim, took his constitutional oath on Jefferson’s copy of the Koran. How ironic given Jefferson’s disdain for Islam’s double dealings.

Jefferson, embroiled in a war 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!”4 Little has changed since Jefferson’s day.

  1. “The Halls of Montezuma” refers to the Battle of Chapultepec (1847), during the Mexican-American War, where a force of Marines stormed Chapultepec Castle. []
  2. Quoted in Joseph Wheelan, Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror, 1801–1805 (New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003), 40–41. []
  3. Paul Johnson, “‘Relentlessly and Thoroughly’: The Only Way to Respond,” National Review (October 15, 2001). []
  4. Thomas Jefferson, congratulatory letter to Lt. Andrew Sterett (1760–1807). Quoted in Joseph Wheelan, Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror, 1801–1805 (New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003), 102. []



Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • Phaenius

    Remember the amount that Tripoli was demanding for peace? That was Islam imposing their tax that they levy on Dhimmies under their control.
    Remember hearing about all the Muslims on welfare…even the Boston Bomber family? These are Islamic folk in America forcing a tax on the Dhimmies who in this case are WE THE PEOPLE.

    • Ray_Downen

      Since Islam has already been warring against us, we are foolish to provide funds to support in this nation members of a group at war with us. We are foolish to allow Muslims to serve in our armed forces (think of the Ft. Hood massacre) or to serve in our legislatures or be hired for government positions. Do some not realize we are at war?

      • jeremy

        Another remarkable ‘coincidence’ is that one alleged hijacker – Ziad al-Jarrah – was the cousin of Ali al-Jarrah, who happened to have been working from 1983 to
        2008 as an Israeli intelligence asset. Ali’s brother Yusuf is also understood to
        have helped Ali betray his compatriots by spying for Israel. Ali al-Jarrah
        received more than $300,000 for his “work” from Israel. The New York Times
        claimed that the two cousins did not “appear” to have known each other “well”, a
        tacit admission that they did know each other. The most likely explanation for
        this ‘coincidence’ is that Ziad al-Jarrah was also an Israeli intelligence asset
        who had beenrecruited by his older cousin.
        There is multiple corroborating evidence that Muslims did not do
        9/11, and that Israel played a central role, aided by corrupt elements of the Bush
        administration. This is reinforced by Zionist Jews’ role in the cover-up:
        Jerome Hauer’s appearance on TV within hours of the attacks peddling the official story about “Osama bin Laden” and buildings that collapsed because of plane impacts and intense fires, the Herzliya-based Don Radlauer’s publication of a report detailing the flight paths of the alleged four hijacked planes that suggested
        hijacking and steering the planes would have been an easy task, Eddie Guigui
        Shalev’s claim that Hani Hanjour was a “good” pilot, and Bernard Kerik’s receipt of more than $236,000 (as “rent”) from Steven C. Witkoff along with a $250,000 “loan” originating from Eitan Wertheimer, after Kerik had traveled to Israel two weeks prior to 9/11/01 where he met Wertheimer, and then

        claimed on 9/16/01 that a “hijacker’s passport” had been “discovered”
        – implying that it had miraculously got separated from the “hijacker’s” clothing or
        baggage and another hundred tons of aircraft debris, survived the Flight 11 fireball, and floated down to the ground in almost pristine condition despite being soaked with jet fuel.

  • Donald York

    Anyone who thinks we’re NOT at war with Islam has their head in the sand.

    • Ray_Downen

      Note that the war was declared by Muslims. If we ignore the fact, as we surely have by electing a Muslim to be commander-in-chief of our armed forces, we have only ourselves to blame that we will lose the war.

      • jeremy

        The very first people arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 9/11 attacks
        turned out to be five Israeli Jews: Sivan Kurzberg, Paul Kurzberg (Sivan’s
        brother), Oded Ellner, Yaron Shmuel and Omer Marmari. Their white Urban Moving
        Systems van was stopped and they were arrested within hours of the attacks, on
        the afternoon of 9/11/01. Sivan Kurzberg, Ellner and Shmuel had been observed by
        several eyewitnesses at the rear parking lot of the Doric apartment complex in
        Union City, New Jersey. They were seen atop the van with cameras, high-fiving,
        smiling, joking with cries of joy and mockery, hugging each other, and taking
        photographs and video of the Twin Towers within a few minutes of the first plane

        In fact, they were seen filming atop the van before the local news radio
        station 1010 WINS had even broken the news of the first plane crash. The station
        actually had one of its sales team account executives on her cell phone to its
        newsroom before the first plane crashed after she noticed it was too low
        and was going to crash, and so were quickly able to patch her on air to provide
        a live report. When seen, Ellner was kneeling at the back of the van facing New
        York City with his camera and Kurzberg and Shmuel were facing him. After their
        film was developed and processed by the FBI, the photographs depicted all three
        Israelis visibly smiling. In one photo, Kurzberg could be seen flicking a
        lighter like he was at a rock concert as the North Tower burned in the
        background. This jovial celebration was taking place before the second impact,
        when innocent bystanders believed the incident was merely a tragic accident.
        When arrested, the Israelis – dubbed the “High-Fivers” by the FBI – were
        found to have airline tickets with immediate travel dates for destinations
        world-wide, and tie-ins to 9/11.
        A memorandum by Gerald Shea features a document known as the DEA report, which describes how more than a hundred Israelis were in the U.S. posing as “art students” between January 2000 and September 2001, and attempting to penetrate U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) offices and other federal buildings including 36 sensitive Department of Defense (DoD) sites. Shea writes:

        • Ray_Downen

          Another imagination running riot! This tale is nonsense, not to be believed.

    • jeremy

      In July 1954, American and British interests in Cairo and Alexandria were
      hit by a series of bombs. These were originally thought to have been placed
      by militant Moslems. A couple of years prior to the eruption of the “Suez
      Crisis”, negotiations were taking place between Egypt and Britain over
      control of the Suez Canal, and it was thought that militants were attempting
      to scupper any compromise by Colonel Nasser. In October 1954, Egypt
      announced that an Israeli spy ring of thirteen saboteurs had been broken up.
      The plot was uncovered when incendiary bombs went off prematurely in the
      pocket of one of the perpetrators, outside a British-owned Alexandria

      There were claims of an “anti-Semitic frame-up”. However, the result was
      humiliation for Israel when it was forced to admit its responsibility for
      the terrorist attacks. It had been Israel’s head of Intelligence, Colonel
      Benyamin Givli, who had independently ordered the spies to strike. However,
      his boss, Defense Minister Pinhas Lavon who was oblivious of the operation,
      ended up having to resign, and the incident was dubbed the “Lavon Affair”.
      Note that phosphorus, used in the 1954 attacks, was later used to sink an
      Egyptian ferry in 2006 with the loss of around 1,000 lives (q.v. below).

      • Ray_Downen

        How anyone can tell such fables with a straight face is beyond belief. Jeremy is filled with hatred for Jews. What a shame! And such an imagination! Marvelous!

  • Wayne Graff

    Attention all Muslims, if this is what you believe, get the he77 out of this country now.

    • Patriot

      Dittos! “Now” is not soon enough!

      • Ray_Downen

        With a Muslim President, this country is welcoming all the Muslims who want to immigrate here. Meanwhile Christian and Jewish refugees from Muslim terror are unwelcome to our shores. — Ray Downen.

        • Jim044

          Agreed, the Democrat party is becoming the mooslim party.

    • Ray_Downen

      Without question,”this” is what all Muslims are taught from childhood to believe. If they do not believe it, they are not good Muslims. — Ray Downen.

      • jeremy

        In late September 2001,

        a large-scale 37-nation poll of world opinion carried out by Gallup
        International found Mexico to be more opposed to the Afghanistan war than almost
        any other – if not any other – nation, with 94% of Mexicans favoring a legal
        response in the form of extradition and trial, rather than military action. A
        couple weeks later, Mossad agent Salvador Guersson Smecke and Israeli illegal
        immigrant Saur Ben Zvi were caught red-handed and
        arrested inside the Mexican
        Congress chamber in possession of
        guns, grenades,
        dynamite, detonators and wiring while posing as “press photographers”. That
        failed false-flag operation, on
        October 10, 2001,
        was aimed at boosting
        Mexican support
        for the war, a mere three days
        into the invasion.

        • Ray_Downen

          Wow! And sane people are supposed to believe this fairy tale! No, thanks.

  • Ann Wilson Kingsley

    Unfortunately where our disastrous Foreign Policy is concerned, Islamist Jihad does not mean the U.S. attacking Muslim nations. That has cost us upwards of 4 trillion dollars for Afghanistan and Iraq. We need to pay the contract with older Americans for Social Security, not to suck America dry beyond all salvation for wars in Syria and Iran. Fighting Islamists does not work, but insisting on moderate behavior for Islamists in the U.S. will help, and it needs to start by changing Islamic women.

    To those who think the French law, requiring Muslims to adhere to a dress code abridges freedom, all American public schools have a dress code. Judges have even been known to enforce a dress code in American courts. To aid in stopping the Islamist problem in America, we need to pass the same law the French did, in order to get Muslims to assimilate and to thwart Radical-Islamist immigration. If prospective immigrant women are told they will not be able to wear the body covering of a burka (usually a black very forbidding looking overcoat) and, or a hijab in public, Radical Islamists will be less likely to immigrate to the U.S. Muslim women need to be required to wear Western coats in public. A law such as the French passed would require Muslims in the U.S. to moderate.

    The idea of covering one’s body for the sake of modesty is appealing, but Muslims go completely overboard about requiring modesty. Hindus promote modest attire within reason: All that is required for modesty in public by Hindus is a loose head covering, a mid-thigh kirta (shirt or blouse), with a long skirt or pants. None of the Hindu attire is black, unless it happens to be
    highly decorated or pants. Muslim women can wear a scarf tied under the chin or at the nape of the neck, if they do not want a loose head covering. The only women who need to have a tightly wrapped head covering are those riding in convertibles or matriculating in freezing temperatures. Modesty does not involve walking around like a Halloween spectre, dressed up in the guise of the grim reaper or an assassin. Only clerics and those in celibate religious orders (monks and nuns) may have the need for robed attire on a regular basis. These individuals ordinarily wear a rosary, cross, or japa beads, so they are easily identified as religious personages.

    Muslim women are not making Muslim men give them respect, nor are they teaching their little boys to give women respect. The problem starts in Muslim homes, not with the rest of the American public, and we need to push Muslim women to conform. If we do not want Jihad waged against Americans, we must make Muslims in our country into moderates.

    • Ray_Downen

      The U.S.A. and any free nation would be better off with NO Muslim citizens, for their first loyalty would always be to their religion/government. If Islam were solely a religion, we could co-exist with members of that faith. But it’s a religion based on governing,totally unlike the several other religions who co-exist peacefully in the U.S.A. — Ray Downen.

      • jeremy

        In June 1967, the state of Israel carried out
        a sustained air and naval
        attack on the USS Liberty for over an hour, employing torpedoes, machine
        guns and napalm rockets. 34 men were killed and more than 170 wounded.
        According to Israel, the attack was a “tragic accident” due to
        “misidentification”. The ancient Egyptian freighter that Israel claimed to
        have mistaken the Liberty for was of totally different appearance, and there
        is ample evidence that they knew full well that their target was an American
        ship, following two days of reconnaissance by Israeli planes.

        In the early stages of the attack, US planes were launched from nearby
        carriers to assist the Liberty, in response to its SOS. When Washington was
        notified, US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara ordered these aircraft back
        to the carriers. At the time of the attack, US President Lyndon Johnson
        (supposedly representing the US people rather than international racketeers)
        said, “I don’t give a damn if every man drowns and the ship sinks. I don’t
        want to embarrass our allies.”

        Israel’s plan was to sink the Liberty, kill any survivors (which it
        attempted by firing on the life rafts), frame Egypt for the attack, and
        provoke the US into attacking Egypt. After assassinating Kennedy, the Zionist
        crime lords had installed their stooge – Johnson – as US
        President. All US opposition to Israel’s nuclear programme had, predictably,
        vanished. Johnson and McNamara were probably advised in advance of the plan
        to sink a US ship to provide the US with a pretext for attacking Egypt.
        When the Liberty failed to sink, two hours into the operation, Tel Aviv and
        Washington had to revert to Plan B – the claim of an ‘accident’.

        • Ray_Downen

          Jeremy has a wonderful imagination but little grasp of truth.

        • jeremy

          hey, your yarmulke is on crooked. Oh, oops, sorry, your head is lopsided. Must be the lack of brains.

        • Ray_Downen

          I just checked and MY head is on straight. That’s not to say the brains are in good shape. But I can tell ignorant ranting when I see it. — Ray Downen.

  • gray_man

    and you are a perfect example of a left-wing moron. the reason they were pirates is because they were following the tenets of islam.

  • jeremy

    Quotes from the JEWISH Talmud:

    Baba Kamma 113a. Jews may use lies (“subterfuges”) to circumvent a Gentile.

    Sanhedrin 106a . Says Mary was a whore: “She who was the descendant of princes and governors played the harlot with carpenters.” Also in footnote #2 to Shabbath 104b of the Soncino edition, it is stated that in the “uncensored” text of the Talmud it is written that Jesus mother, “Miriam the hairdresser,” had sex with many men.

    Sanhedrin 43a. Jesus deserved execution: “On the eve of the Passover, Yeshu (Jesus) was hanged…Do you suppose that he was one for whom a defense could be made? Was he not a Mesith (enticer)?”

    Shabbath 116a. Jews must destroy the books of the Christians, i.e. the New Testament.

    Dr. Israel Shahak of Hebrew University reports that the Israelis burned hundreds of New Testament Bibles in occupied Palestine on March 23, 1980 (cf. Jewish History, Jewish Religion, p. 21).
    On Purim, Feb. 25, 1994, Israeli army officer Baruch Goldstein, an orthodox Jew from Brooklyn, massacred 40 Palestinian civilians, including children, while they knelt in prayer in a mosque. Goldstein was a disciple of the late Brooklyn Rabbi Meir Kahane, who told CBS News that his teaching that Arabs are “dogs” is derived “from the Talmud.” (CBS 60 Minutes, “Kahane”).

    Kethuboth 11b. “When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing.”
    Sanhedrin 54b. A Jew may have sex with a child as long as the child is less than nine years old.

    Rabbi Yaacov Perrin said, “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” (NY Daily News, Feb. 28, 1994, p.6).
    Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg declared, “We have to recognize that Jewish blood and the blood of a goy are not the same thing.” (NY Times, June 6, 1989, p.5 WHO are the real racists? That’s right JEWS. For those who don’t know, GOY or GOYIM refers to ANY non-Jew. JEWS think they are destined to rule the planet.

    Again, PLZ don’t take my word for it. investigate for yourself.

  • Ray_Downen

    Repeatedly “Jeremy” is telling tall tales and claiming they are true, always with Christians and Jews as the attackers and wrong-doers. The tales have no basis in fact! — Ray Downen.

    • jeremy

      No, just jews as the attackers and wrong-doers. Can’t you read, moron? You are such a pathetic loser, I hope they aren’t paying you much for your feeble efforts.

      • Ray_Downen

        If someone will pay me for my efforts, I’m willing. So far no one has volunteered any payment other than a kind word on occasion. Jews are generally nice people. I hate to see anyone attack any race! Jeremy’s tales have no basis in fact. — Ray Downen.

        • jeremy

          NICE PEOPLE? HAH. ANYBODY stupid enough to believe you, GO READ THE TALMUD. THEN tell me now nice juze are.

  • jeremy

    hey, rayjew, if they aren’t paying, why are you a johnny-come-lately to this article, posting all over the place with nothing but a pro-jew stance? not pro-America,pro-jew, pro-IsraHELL. Your agenda is almost as obvious as your devil-worshipping religion.

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