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Thursday, August 17, 2006

The More Things Change...

...the more they remain the same.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were serving as America’s ambassadors to France and Britain respectively, met with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, who was Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain. They were trying to negotiate a peace treaty with the Barbary states (modern day Morocco, Algiera, Tunisia and Libya) so as to end the attacks on US shipping by the pirates of the Barbary Coast.

During the negotiations Jefferson and Adams asked Adja why our shipping was coming under attack. His reply to them was

“… 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 who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.” (Do I need to add that there wasn’t a Zionist in sight?)

That’s been the history of Islam ever since Muhammad founded it. First they conquer, either through military might, diplomatic chicanery or, as they’re doing in Europe now, by outbreeding the infidels. Then the conquered peoples have three choices: become a Muslim or become a dhimmi (and pay for the privilege of continuing to live) or become a corpse.

Cross-posted (as part of a comment) at Decision '08.

h/t to: Rightwingsparkle