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  • Haitian Gov Official Found Dead One Week Before Scheduled to Testify in Court Against Clinton Foundation

    Mainstream media’s silence over the so-called “suicide” of Klaus Eberwein is telling. They may as well be running a breaking news headline over the bottom of the fake news screens screaming “The Clintons have done it again” 24/7 over the past week.

    Eberwein was a former Haitian government official preparing to testify and expose the extent of the Clinton Foundation corruption and money laundering next week.

    And the evidence surrounding his death suggests that much like all of the rest of Hillary’s victims, he didn’t want to commit suicide…

    He was leading a full and busy life and more tellingly of all – hell-bent on exposing the Clintons as selfish, murderous, ruthless, globalist crooks that hold a psychopathic disregard for the welfare of the Haitian children they were claiming to help.

    The Miami-Dade, a local newspaper in Fl, obtained the medical examiner’s records and the official cause of death listed. And much like all Clinton’s underhanded doings, it raises more questions than they hoped would die along with their victims. More details on his death and his upcoming testimony against the Clintons on the next page:


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  • ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH NO.794

    THEY BOTH SHARE THE EXPLOSIVE SECRET

    Why has a Vatican pope chosen to kiss the Koran - the holy book of the Muslims?

    Did he kiss it because as the head mason in the world who wears the ephod, the pope, along with the highest clergy in the Vatican, and the highest Islamic leaders - who are also high masons - know that they both share an explosive secret?

    And why have the pope and Muslims prayed together in a Mosque facing Mecca, to the same god! Is it because, as history shows and Vatican insiders testify that it was the Vatican that established Islam?

    After Rome, by force of armies, ruled Europe, yet Africa and the Middle East were not so easy to conquer. So the papal leaders looked for someone else to do it for her – someone who already lived in those other regions.

    They looked with hungering eyes at the Arab tribes.


    THE VATICAN AND MUHAMMED - THE UNBREAKABLE LINK

    And this is where Muhammad enters the picture.

    In 595 AD, at the age of 25, Mohammed married Khadija, 40 years old, whose cousin Waraquah was a Roman Catholic living in Mecca. She came from a convent as a Catholic nun.

    The Roman Catholic organization now got busy. Muhammad was chosen to do the job. Helpers began working with him.

    Soon a church monk arrived to give some help in some of the early writing of the Muslim holy book, The Koran. It extols Mary. That is why Islam has special regard for the Virgin Mary.

    Islam was started by agents of Rome to attract the Arabs into it, who would come under their control.

    Islam was meant to cleanse North Africa and the Middle East of troublesome dissenters and then hand over Jerusalem to the Vatican.

    (This history was explained carefully by Roman Catholic Cardinal Bea to former Jesuit insider Dr Alberto Rivera and his fellow Jesuit students, and reported in detail, in Rivera’s book, The Prophet, pp.11-31.

    But when the pope asked for Jerusalem, he was surprised at their denial! The Arab generals had such military success that they could not be intimidated by the pope - nothing could stand in the way of their own plan.

    OUTRAGED AT THEIR DECISION

    The pope realized what they had created was out of control when he heard they were calling ‘His Holiness’ an infidel.

    The Muslim generals were determined to conquer the world for Allah and now they turned toward Europe. Islamic ambassadors approached the pope and asked for papal bulls to give them permission to invade European countries.

    The Vatican was outraged; war was inevitable. Temporal power and control of the world was considered the basic right of the pope. He wouldn't think of sharing it with those whom he considered heathens.

    After the death of Muhammed, he was succeeded in the command by Abubeker, A. D. 632; who, as soon as he was firmly in power, sent a circular letter to the Arabian tribes, of which the following is an extract. He wrote,

    "Destroy no palm trees, nor burn any field of corn. Cut down no fruit trees, nor do any mischief to cattle, only such as you kill to eat...

    "As you go on, you will find some religious persons, who... propose to themselves to serve God that way: let them alone and neither kill them nor... And you will find another sort of people... who have shaven crowns; be sure you cleave their skulls, and give them no quarter, till they either turn Mahometans or pay tribute'." (Edward Gibbon Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol.V:489-490)

    The Roman Catholic monks shaved their heads in a circle shape of the sun when they were ordained priests. This circular tonsure was a sign of the sun god.

    WHY THE CRUSADES

    The pope raised up his armies and called them crusades to hold back the Arabs from grabbing Europe. The crusades lasted centuries and Jerusalem slipped out of the pope's hands.

    "Turkey fell and Spain and Portugal were invaded by Islamic forces. In Portugal, they called a mountain village 'Fatima' in honour of Muhammad's daughter, never dreaming it would become world famous.

    VATICAN WANTS JERUSALEM

    The recapture of Jerusalem has burned as a fervent desire in Vatican hearts since the days of the Crusades.

    As journalist Joel Bainerman, a well-known commentator on Israeli affairs, pointed out, "The end goal of the Vatican is to seize control of the Old City of Jerusalem out of the clutches of Israel." (www.joelbainerman.com)

    Its ultimate goal is to transfer its headquarters from Rome to Jerusalem.

    PROPHECIES OF OUR TIME

    But here's the interesting bit. Did you know that an amazing prophecy - every step of which has been coming true accurately - reveals secrets of coming world events that will complete the story.

    And you and your family will surely want to know about this, because they will affect you personally.

    Yes, it really does pay to know what is coming BEFORE it happens.

    WORLD-CHANGING EVENTS POISED READY TO BREAK

    If you didn't know, events have started to happen in Europe, USA and Australia right now that are set to change the world overnight.

    Big upheavals are coming to your life and that of your family members. And I'm still in shock after 12 months of checking and re-checking some ancient prophecies that foretell what is happening. And after that, what's going to come.


    IN OUR DAY - and what is coming.

    (Yes, archaeology zooms in on ancient documents - and am I grateful that we discovered these just in time! You'll be glad too.)


    The fuse is burning and the clock is ticking!


    TO HELP YOU KNOW

    These prophecies are so urgent that I have placed all else on hold, and worked hard to get these ready for you - so you can get hold of these as quickly as possible.

    We've placed them On DVD so that you will be able to see events before they happen.

    May I emphasise that these are the most important DVDs I have ever produced in my life. They will give you a clear advantage.


    Here they are, in 4 parts:


    DVD 1. THE INVASION OF AMERICA, EUROPE, AND AUSTRALIA
    * Terrorists swarming into position among millions of refugees... ready.
    * The rescue plan you need to know
    * Amazing prophecies come true
    * How a family feud 4,000 years old is triggering events in Europe, America and West right now!
    * Also enjoy the most beautiful true love story you have ever heard
    * Why do the fearless armed Arabs of Iraq refuse to sleep overnight in the ruins of ancient Babylon?
    * Why did a famous general suddenly divert his army from attacking his helpless enemy?
    * Why did a traffic officer pay the speeding ticket for the driver he had just fined?
    * The amazing Daniel 11 prophecy - foretold in plain language and fulfilling right now.

    DVD 2. WHY THE VATICAN CREATED ISLAM
    * Who is controlling the power moves?
    * Were you aware that the world's biggest, richest and most powerful organization today was founded by a con man who practised magic?
    * Also, discover some of history's oddest and most amazing events
    * What induced two cannibal tribes fighting to the death to suddenly interrupt the battle and make peace?
    * How did a loaf of bread baking in the oven stop a family from being brutally murdered?
    * were you aware that a simple covering of water vapor destroyed an army of 23,000?
    * Would you like to know the startling reason why the Vatican created Islam?

    DVD 3. THE COMING MUSLIM EMPIRE AND ISRAEL
    * Will the emerging Muslim Caliphate seize Jerusalem?
    * See prophecies 2,500 years old that are coming to pass AT THIS MOMENT
    * The coming invasion of America
    * What big shock is in store for Protestant prophecy preachers?
    * Learn of the secret pact between the Zionists and Hitler
    * What about the Vatican's own plan to take Jerusalem?
    * Learn about the amazing "Three Woes" "Three Jihads" prophecy
    * Discover how a group of assassins saved those they were meant to kill and killed those they were supposed to spare!

    DVD 4. WORLD WAR 3 AND HOW TO SURVIVE
    * ISIS, CIA and Vatican connection
    * What the elite has planned for you - political... financial...religious...
    * And how to prepare for your family's survival
    * How can disasters be turned around to your advantage?
    * Four reasons why Rome wants to pit Islam against America
    * Were you aware of the surprising dual role Islam plays in history: destruction of evil and rescue of fugitives?
    * The most amazing prophecy: how global Islam will come to its end
    * And another prophecy has revealed in startling detail the Vatican's rise and its sudden coming dramatic end

    This four-part DVD report not only exposes the shocking truth of who is behind today's global moves (most people won't get this right!) - but also what practical steps you can take to rescue yourself and your family from the imminent dangers that are soon to be unleashed upon the world. You can be SAFE if you plan this carefully.

    AND YOU ALSO GET THIS FREE BONUS DVD: THE EAST AWAKE!
    * Who will win the coming war?
    * The impending mega earthquake. Cities topple, islands sink, the grid dies.
    * And what is the Second Coming? What will happen?

    Here is where, as a valued subscriber, you can claim this blockbuster package this week at an introductory special price...

    Just go to http://www.beforeus.com/islam.html to claim your special package right now.

    Best wishes
    Jonathan Gray

    DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

    Please email me your questions. I am here to help you with any questions on ancient mysteries. Just email me at info@archaeologyanswers.com

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    ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH NO.794 THEY BOTH SHARE THE EXPLOSIVE SECRET Why has a Vatican pope chosen to kiss the Koran - the holy book of the Muslims? Did he kiss it because as the head mason in the world who wears the ephod, the pope, along with the highest clergy in the Vatican, and the highest Islamic leaders - who are also high masons - know that they both share an explosive secret? And why have the pope and Muslims prayed together in a Mosque facing Mecca, to the same god! Is it because, as history shows and Vatican insiders testify that it was the Vatican that established Islam? After Rome, by force of armies, ruled Europe, yet Africa and the Middle East were not so easy to conquer. So the papal leaders looked for someone else to do it for her – someone who already lived in those other regions. They looked with hungering eyes at the Arab tribes. THE VATICAN AND MUHAMMED - THE UNBREAKABLE LINK And this is where Muhammad enters the picture. In 595 AD, at the age of 25, Mohammed married Khadija, 40 years old, whose cousin Waraquah was a Roman Catholic living in Mecca. She came from a convent as a Catholic nun. The Roman Catholic organization now got busy. Muhammad was chosen to do the job. Helpers began working with him. Soon a church monk arrived to give some help in some of the early writing of the Muslim holy book, The Koran. It extols Mary. That is why Islam has special regard for the Virgin Mary. Islam was started by agents of Rome to attract the Arabs into it, who would come under their control. Islam was meant to cleanse North Africa and the Middle East of troublesome dissenters and then hand over Jerusalem to the Vatican. (This history was explained carefully by Roman Catholic Cardinal Bea to former Jesuit insider Dr Alberto Rivera and his fellow Jesuit students, and reported in detail, in Rivera’s book, The Prophet, pp.11-31. But when the pope asked for Jerusalem, he was surprised at their denial! The Arab generals had such military success that they could not be intimidated by the pope - nothing could stand in the way of their own plan. OUTRAGED AT THEIR DECISION The pope realized what they had created was out of control when he heard they were calling ‘His Holiness’ an infidel. The Muslim generals were determined to conquer the world for Allah and now they turned toward Europe. Islamic ambassadors approached the pope and asked for papal bulls to give them permission to invade European countries. The Vatican was outraged; war was inevitable. Temporal power and control of the world was considered the basic right of the pope. He wouldn't think of sharing it with those whom he considered heathens. After the death of Muhammed, he was succeeded in the command by Abubeker, A. D. 632; who, as soon as he was firmly in power, sent a circular letter to the Arabian tribes, of which the following is an extract. He wrote, "Destroy no palm trees, nor burn any field of corn. Cut down no fruit trees, nor do any mischief to cattle, only such as you kill to eat... "As you go on, you will find some religious persons, who... propose to themselves to serve God that way: let them alone and neither kill them nor... And you will find another sort of people... who have shaven crowns; be sure you cleave their skulls, and give them no quarter, till they either turn Mahometans or pay tribute'." (Edward Gibbon Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol.V:489-490) The Roman Catholic monks shaved their heads in a circle shape of the sun when they were ordained priests. This circular tonsure was a sign of the sun god. WHY THE CRUSADES The pope raised up his armies and called them crusades to hold back the Arabs from grabbing Europe. The crusades lasted centuries and Jerusalem slipped out of the pope's hands. "Turkey fell and Spain and Portugal were invaded by Islamic forces. In Portugal, they called a mountain village 'Fatima' in honour of Muhammad's daughter, never dreaming it would become world famous. VATICAN WANTS JERUSALEM The recapture of Jerusalem has burned as a fervent desire in Vatican hearts since the days of the Crusades. As journalist Joel Bainerman, a well-known commentator on Israeli affairs, pointed out, "The end goal of the Vatican is to seize control of the Old City of Jerusalem out of the clutches of Israel." (www.joelbainerman.com) Its ultimate goal is to transfer its headquarters from Rome to Jerusalem. PROPHECIES OF OUR TIME But here's the interesting bit. Did you know that an amazing prophecy - every step of which has been coming true accurately - reveals secrets of coming world events that will complete the story. And you and your family will surely want to know about this, because they will affect you personally. Yes, it really does pay to know what is coming BEFORE it happens. WORLD-CHANGING EVENTS POISED READY TO BREAK If you didn't know, events have started to happen in Europe, USA and Australia right now that are set to change the world overnight. Big upheavals are coming to your life and that of your family members. And I'm still in shock after 12 months of checking and re-checking some ancient prophecies that foretell what is happening. And after that, what's going to come. IN OUR DAY - and what is coming. (Yes, archaeology zooms in on ancient documents - and am I grateful that we discovered these just in time! You'll be glad too.) The fuse is burning and the clock is ticking! TO HELP YOU KNOW These prophecies are so urgent that I have placed all else on hold, and worked hard to get these ready for you - so you can get hold of these as quickly as possible. We've placed them On DVD so that you will be able to see events before they happen. May I emphasise that these are the most important DVDs I have ever produced in my life. They will give you a clear advantage. Here they are, in 4 parts: DVD 1. THE INVASION OF AMERICA, EUROPE, AND AUSTRALIA * Terrorists swarming into position among millions of refugees... ready. * The rescue plan you need to know * Amazing prophecies come true * How a family feud 4,000 years old is triggering events in Europe, America and West right now! * Also enjoy the most beautiful true love story you have ever heard * Why do the fearless armed Arabs of Iraq refuse to sleep overnight in the ruins of ancient Babylon? * Why did a famous general suddenly divert his army from attacking his helpless enemy? * Why did a traffic officer pay the speeding ticket for the driver he had just fined? * The amazing Daniel 11 prophecy - foretold in plain language and fulfilling right now. DVD 2. WHY THE VATICAN CREATED ISLAM * Who is controlling the power moves? * Were you aware that the world's biggest, richest and most powerful organization today was founded by a con man who practised magic? * Also, discover some of history's oddest and most amazing events * What induced two cannibal tribes fighting to the death to suddenly interrupt the battle and make peace? * How did a loaf of bread baking in the oven stop a family from being brutally murdered? * were you aware that a simple covering of water vapor destroyed an army of 23,000? * Would you like to know the startling reason why the Vatican created Islam? DVD 3. THE COMING MUSLIM EMPIRE AND ISRAEL * Will the emerging Muslim Caliphate seize Jerusalem? * See prophecies 2,500 years old that are coming to pass AT THIS MOMENT * The coming invasion of America * What big shock is in store for Protestant prophecy preachers? * Learn of the secret pact between the Zionists and Hitler * What about the Vatican's own plan to take Jerusalem? * Learn about the amazing "Three Woes" "Three Jihads" prophecy * Discover how a group of assassins saved those they were meant to kill and killed those they were supposed to spare! DVD 4. WORLD WAR 3 AND HOW TO SURVIVE * ISIS, CIA and Vatican connection * What the elite has planned for you - political... financial...religious... * And how to prepare for your family's survival * How can disasters be turned around to your advantage? * Four reasons why Rome wants to pit Islam against America * Were you aware of the surprising dual role Islam plays in history: destruction of evil and rescue of fugitives? * The most amazing prophecy: how global Islam will come to its end * And another prophecy has revealed in startling detail the Vatican's rise and its sudden coming dramatic end This four-part DVD report not only exposes the shocking truth of who is behind today's global moves (most people won't get this right!) - but also what practical steps you can take to rescue yourself and your family from the imminent dangers that are soon to be unleashed upon the world. You can be SAFE if you plan this carefully. AND YOU ALSO GET THIS FREE BONUS DVD: THE EAST AWAKE! * Who will win the coming war? * The impending mega earthquake. Cities topple, islands sink, the grid dies. * And what is the Second Coming? What will happen? Here is where, as a valued subscriber, you can claim this blockbuster package this week at an introductory special price... Just go to http://www.beforeus.com/islam.html to claim your special package right now. Best wishes Jonathan Gray DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? Please email me your questions. I am here to help you with any questions on ancient mysteries. Just email me at info@archaeologyanswers.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Did you enjoy this information? If you know someone who would find these facts interesting, Click the URL below now to email it to them, or copy and paste this URL into your browser. http://www.beforeus.com You are welcome to put it on your own website exactly as it is, without change, including our email address. =============================================== International explorer, archaeologist and author Jonathan Gray has travelled the world to gather data on ancient mysteries. He has penetrated some largely unexplored areas, including parts of the Amazon headwaters. The author has also led expeditions to the bottom of the sea and to remote mountain and desert regions of the world. He lectures internationally. ===============================================
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  • March 26, 2019
    America’s 233-Year-Old Shock at Jihad
    By Raymond Ibrahim
    Exactly 233 years ago this week, two of America’s founding fathers documented their first exposure to Islamic jihad in a letter to Congress; like many Americans today, they too were shocked at what they learned.

    Context: in 1785, Muslim pirates from North Africa, or “Barbary,” had captured two American ships, the Maria and Dauphin, and enslaved their crews. In an effort to ransom the enslaved Americans and establish peaceful relations, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams -- then ambassadors to France and England respectively -- met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain, Abdul Rahman Adja. Following this diplomatic exchange, they laid out the source of the Barbary States’ hitherto inexplicable animosity to American vessels in a letter to Congress dated March 28, 1786:


    We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their [Barbary’s] pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. 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 who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise

    One need not conjecture what the American ambassadors -- who years earlier had asserted that all men were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” -- thought of their Muslim counterpart’s answer. Suffice to say, because the ransom demanded was over fifteen times greater than what Congress had approved, little came of the meeting.

    It should be noted that centuries before setting their sights on American vessels, the Barbary States of Muslim North Africa -- specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis -- had been thriving on the slave trade of Christians abducted from virtually every corner of coastal Europe -- including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland. These raids were so successful that, “between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast,” to quote American historian Robert Davis.

    The treatment of these European slaves was exacerbated by the fact that they were Christian “infidels.” As Robert Playfair (b.1828), who served for years as a consul in Barbary, explained, “In almost every case they [European slaves] were hated on account of their religion.” Three centuries earlier, John Foxe had written in his Book of Martyrs that, “In no part of the globe are Christians so hated, or treated with such severity, as at Algiers.”

    The punishments these European slaves received for real or imagined offenses beggared description: “If they speak against Mahomet [blasphemy], they must become Mahometans, or be impaled alive. If they profess Christianity again, after having changed to the Mahometan persuasion, they are roasted alive [as apostates], or thrown from the city walls, and caught upon large sharp hooks, on which they hang till they expire.”

    As such, when Captain O’Brien of the Dauphin wrote to Jefferson saying that “our sufferings are beyond our expression or your conception,” he was clearly not exaggerating.

    After Barbary’s ability to abduct coastal Europeans had waned in the mid-eighteenth century, its energy was spent on raiding infidel merchant vessels. Instead of responding by collectively confronting and neutralizing Barbary, European powers, always busy quarrelling among themselves, opted to buy peace through tribute (or, according to Muslim rationale, jizya).

    Fresh meat appeared on the horizon once the newly-born United States broke free of Great Britain (and was therefore no longer protected by the latter’s jizya payments).

    Some American congressmen agreed with Jefferson that “it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them” -- including General George Washington: “In such an enlightened, in such a liberal age, how is it possible that the great maritime powers of Europe should submit to pay an annual tribute to the little piratical States of Barbary?” he wrote to a friend. “Would to Heaven we had a navy able to reform those enemies to mankind, or crush them into nonexistence.”

    But the majority of Congress agreed with John Adams: “We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever.” Considering the perpetual, existential nature of Islamic hostility, Adams may have been more right than he knew.

    Congress settled on emulating the Europeans and paying off the terrorists, though it would take years to raise the demanded ransom.

    When Muslim pirates from Algiers captured eleven more American merchant vessels in 1794, the Naval Act was passed and a permanent U.S. naval force established. But because the first war vessels would not be ready until 1800, American jizya payments -- which took up 16 percent of the federal budget -- began to be made to Algeria in 1795. In return, over 100 American sailors were released -- how many died or disappeared is unclear -- and the Islamic sea raids formally ceased. American payments and “gifts” over the following years caused the increasingly emboldened Muslim pirates to respond with increasingly capricious demands.

    One of the more ignoble instances occurred in 1800, when Captain William Bainbridge of the George Washington sailed to the pirate-leader of Algiers, with what the latter deemed insufficient tribute. Referring to the Americans as “my slaves,” Dey Mustapha ordered them to transport hundreds of black slaves to Istanbul (Constantinople). Adding insult to insult, he commanded the American crew to take down the U.S. flag and hoist the Islamic flag -- one not unlike ISIS’ notorious black flag -- in its place. And, no matter how rough the seas might be during the long voyage, Bainbridge was required to make sure the George Washington faced Mecca five times a day to accommodate the prayers of Muslims onboard.

    That Bainbridge condescended to becoming Barbary’s delivery boy seems only to have further whetted the terrorists’ appetite. In 1801, Tripoli demanded an instant payment of $225,000, followed by annual payments of $25,000 -- respectively equivalent to $3.5 million and $425,000 today. Concluding that “nothing will stop the eternal increase of demand from these pirates but the presence of an armed force,” America’s third president, Jefferson, refused the ultimatum. (He may have recalled Captain O’Brien’s observation concerning his Barbary masters: “Money is their God and Mahomet their prophet.”)

    Denied jizya from the infidels, Tripoli proclaimed jihad on the United States on May 10, 1801. But by now, America had six war vessels, which Jefferson deployed to the Barbary Coast. For the next five years, the U.S. Navy warred with the Muslim pirates, making little headway and suffering some setbacks -- the most humiliating being when the Philadelphia and its crew were captured in 1803.

    Desperate measures were needed: enter William Eaton. As U.S. consul to Tunis (1797–1803), he had lived among and understood the region’s Muslims well. He knew that “the more you give the more the Turks will ask for,” and despised that old sense of Islamic superiority: “It grates me mortally,” he wrote, “when I see a lazy Turk [generic for Muslim] reclining at his ease upon an embroidered sofa, with one Christian slave to hold his pipe, another to hold his coffee, and a third to fan away the flies.” Seeing that the newborn American navy was making little headway against the seasoned pirates, he devised a daring plan: to sponsor the claim of Mustafa’s brother, exiled in Alexandria; and then to march the latter’s supporters and mercenaries through five hundred miles of desert, from Alexandria onto Tripoli.

    The trek was arduous -- not least because of the Muslim mercenaries themselves. Eaton had repeatedly tried to win them over: “I touched upon the affinity of principle between the Islam and Americans [sic] religion.” But despite these all too familiar ecumenical overtures, “We find it almost impossible to inspire these wild bigots with confidence in us,” he lamented in his diary, “or to persuade them that, being Christians, we can be otherwise than enemies to Mussulmen. We have a difficult undertaking!” (For all his experience with Muslims, Eaton was apparently unaware of the finer points of their (Sharia) law, namely, al-wala’ wa’l bara’, or “loyalty and enmity.”)

    Eaton eventually managed to reach and conquer Tripoli’s coastal town of Derne on April 27, 1805. Less than two months later, on June 10, a peace treaty was signed between the U.S. and Tripoli, formally ending hostilities.

    Thus and despite the (rather ignorant) question that became popular after 9/11, “Why do they hate us?” -- a question that was answered to Jefferson and Adams 233 years ago today -- the United States’ first war and victory as a nation was against Muslims, and the latter had initiated hostilities on the same rationale Muslims had used to initiate hostilities against non-Muslims for the preceding 1,200 years.

    Sources for quotes in this article can be found in the author’s recent book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West; 352 pages long and containing over a thousand endnotes, it copiously documents what many in academia have sought to hide: the long and bloody history between Islam and the West, in the context of their eight most landmark battles. American Thinker reviews of the book can be read here and here).

    Exactly 233 years ago this week, two of America’s founding fathers documented their first exposure to Islamic jihad in a letter to Congress; like many Americans today, they too were shocked at what they learned.

    Context: in 1785, Muslim pirates from North Africa, or “Barbary,” had captured two American ships, the Maria and Dauphin, and enslaved their crews. In an effort to ransom the enslaved Americans and establish peaceful relations, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams -- then ambassadors to France and England respectively -- met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain, Abdul Rahman Adja. Following this diplomatic exchange, they laid out the source of the Barbary States’ hitherto inexplicable animosity to American vessels in a letter to Congress dated March 28, 1786:

    We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their [Barbary’s] pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. 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 who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise

    One need not conjecture what the American ambassadors -- who years earlier had asserted that all men were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” -- thought of their Muslim counterpart’s answer. Suffice to say, because the ransom demanded was over fifteen times greater than what Congress had approved, little came of the meeting.

    It should be noted that centuries before setting their sights on American vessels, the Barbary States of Muslim North Africa -- specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis -- had been thriving on the slave trade of Christians abducted from virtually every corner of coastal Europe -- including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland. These raids were so successful that, “between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast,” to quote American historian Robert Davis.

    The treatment of these European slaves was exacerbated by the fact that they were Christian “infidels.” As Robert Playfair (b.1828), who served for years as a consul in Barbary, explained, “In almost every case they [European slaves] were hated on account of their religion.” Three centuries earlier, John Foxe had written in his Book of Martyrs that, “In no part of the globe are Christians so hated, or treated with such severity, as at Algiers.”

    The punishments these European slaves received for real or imagined offenses beggared description: “If they speak against Mahomet [blasphemy], they must become Mahometans, or be impaled alive. If they profess Christianity again, after having changed to the Mahometan persuasion, they are roasted alive [as apostates], or thrown from the city walls, and caught upon large sharp hooks, on which they hang till they expire.”

    As such, when Captain O’Brien of the Dauphin wrote to Jefferson saying that “our sufferings are beyond our expression or your conception,” he was clearly not exaggerating.

    After Barbary’s ability to abduct coastal Europeans had waned in the mid-eighteenth century, its energy was spent on raiding infidel merchant vessels. Instead of responding by collectively confronting and neutralizing Barbary, European powers, always busy quarrelling among themselves, opted to buy peace through tribute (or, according to Muslim rationale, jizya).

    Fresh meat appeared on the horizon once the newly-born United States broke free of Great Britain (and was therefore no longer protected by the latter’s jizya payments).

    Some American congressmen agreed with Jefferson that “it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them” -- including General George Washington: “In such an enlightened, in such a liberal age, how is it possible that the great maritime powers of Europe should submit to pay an annual tribute to the little piratical States of Barbary?” he wrote to a friend. “Would to Heaven we had a navy able to reform those enemies to mankind, or crush them into nonexistence.”

    But the majority of Congress agreed with John Adams: “We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever.” Considering the perpetual, existential nature of Islamic hostility, Adams may have been more right than he knew.

    Congress settled on emulating the Europeans and paying off the terrorists, though it would take years to raise the demanded ransom.

    When Muslim pirates from Algiers captured eleven more American merchant vessels in 1794, the Naval Act was passed and a permanent U.S. naval force established. But because the first war vessels would not be ready until 1800, American jizya payments -- which took up 16 percent of the federal budget -- began to be made to Algeria in 1795. In return, over 100 American sailors were released -- how many died or disappeared is unclear -- and the Islamic sea raids formally ceased. American payments and “gifts” over the following years caused the increasingly emboldened Muslim pirates to respond with increasingly capricious demands.

    One of the more ignoble instances occurred in 1800, when Captain William Bainbridge of the George Washington sailed to the pirate-leader of Algiers, with what the latter deemed insufficient tribute. Referring to the Americans as “my slaves,” Dey Mustapha ordered them to transport hundreds of black slaves to Istanbul (Constantinople). Adding insult to insult, he commanded the American crew to take down the U.S. flag and hoist the Islamic flag -- one not unlike ISIS’ notorious black flag -- in its place. And, no matter how rough the seas might be during the long voyage, Bainbridge was required to make sure the George Washington faced Mecca five times a day to accommodate the prayers of Muslims onboard.

    That Bainbridge condescended to becoming Barbary’s delivery boy seems only to have further whetted the terrorists’ appetite. In 1801, Tripoli demanded an instant payment of $225,000, followed by annual payments of $25,000 -- respectively equivalent to $3.5 million and $425,000 today. Concluding that “nothing will stop the eternal increase of demand from these pirates but the presence of an armed force,” America’s third president, Jefferson, refused the ultimatum. (He may have recalled Captain O’Brien’s observation concerning his Barbary masters: “Money is their God and Mahomet their prophet.”)

    Denied jizya from the infidels, Tripoli proclaimed jihad on the United States on May 10, 1801. But by now, America had six war vessels, which Jefferson deployed to the Barbary Coast. For the next five years, the U.S. Navy warred with the Muslim pirates, making little headway and suffering some setbacks -- the most humiliating being when the Philadelphia and its crew were captured in 1803.

    Desperate measures were needed: enter William Eaton. As U.S. consul to Tunis (1797–1803), he had lived among and understood the region’s Muslims well. He knew that “the more you give the more the Turks will ask for,” and despised that old sense of Islamic superiority: “It grates me mortally,” he wrote, “when I see a lazy Turk [generic for Muslim] reclining at his ease upon an embroidered sofa, with one Christian slave to hold his pipe, another to hold his coffee, and a third to fan away the flies.” Seeing that the newborn American navy was making little headway against the seasoned pirates, he devised a daring plan: to sponsor the claim of Mustafa’s brother, exiled in Alexandria; and then to march the latter’s supporters and mercenaries through five hundred miles of desert, from Alexandria onto Tripoli.

    The trek was arduous -- not least because of the Muslim mercenaries themselves. Eaton had repeatedly tried to win them over: “I touched upon the affinity of principle between the Islam and Americans [sic] religion.” But despite these all too familiar ecumenical overtures, “We find it almost impossible to inspire these wild bigots with confidence in us,” he lamented in his diary, “or to persuade them that, being Christians, we can be otherwise than enemies to Mussulmen. We have a difficult undertaking!” (For all his experience with Muslims, Eaton was apparently unaware of the finer points of their (Sharia) law, namely, al-wala’ wa’l bara’, or “loyalty and enmity.”)

    Eaton eventually managed to reach and conquer Tripoli’s coastal town of Derne on April 27, 1805. Less than two months later, on June 10, a peace treaty was signed between the U.S. and Tripoli, formally ending hostilities.

    Thus and despite the (rather ignorant) question that became popular after 9/11, “Why do they hate us?” -- a question that was answered to Jefferson and Adams 233 years ago today -- the United States’ first war and victory as a nation was against Muslims, and the latter had initiated hostilities on the same rationale Muslims had used to initiate hostilities against non-Muslims for the preceding 1,200 years.

    Sources for quotes in this article can be found in the author’s recent book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0306825554/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0306825554&linkCode=as2&tag=raymondibrahi-20&linkId=0f925201768b161ae319879bb3fdf1d7); 352 pages long and containing over a thousand endnotes, it copiously documents what many in academia have sought to hide: the long and bloody history between Islam and the West, in the context of their eight most landmark battles. American Thinker reviews of the book can be read here and here).



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    March 26, 2019 America’s 233-Year-Old Shock at Jihad By Raymond Ibrahim Exactly 233 years ago this week, two of America’s founding fathers documented their first exposure to Islamic jihad in a letter to Congress; like many Americans today, they too were shocked at what they learned. Context: in 1785, Muslim pirates from North Africa, or “Barbary,” had captured two American ships, the Maria and Dauphin, and enslaved their crews. In an effort to ransom the enslaved Americans and establish peaceful relations, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams -- then ambassadors to France and England respectively -- met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain, Abdul Rahman Adja. Following this diplomatic exchange, they laid out the source of the Barbary States’ hitherto inexplicable animosity to American vessels in a letter to Congress dated March 28, 1786: We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their [Barbary’s] pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. 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 who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise One need not conjecture what the American ambassadors -- who years earlier had asserted that all men were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” -- thought of their Muslim counterpart’s answer. Suffice to say, because the ransom demanded was over fifteen times greater than what Congress had approved, little came of the meeting. It should be noted that centuries before setting their sights on American vessels, the Barbary States of Muslim North Africa -- specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis -- had been thriving on the slave trade of Christians abducted from virtually every corner of coastal Europe -- including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland. These raids were so successful that, “between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast,” to quote American historian Robert Davis. The treatment of these European slaves was exacerbated by the fact that they were Christian “infidels.” As Robert Playfair (b.1828), who served for years as a consul in Barbary, explained, “In almost every case they [European slaves] were hated on account of their religion.” Three centuries earlier, John Foxe had written in his Book of Martyrs that, “In no part of the globe are Christians so hated, or treated with such severity, as at Algiers.” The punishments these European slaves received for real or imagined offenses beggared description: “If they speak against Mahomet [blasphemy], they must become Mahometans, or be impaled alive. If they profess Christianity again, after having changed to the Mahometan persuasion, they are roasted alive [as apostates], or thrown from the city walls, and caught upon large sharp hooks, on which they hang till they expire.” As such, when Captain O’Brien of the Dauphin wrote to Jefferson saying that “our sufferings are beyond our expression or your conception,” he was clearly not exaggerating. After Barbary’s ability to abduct coastal Europeans had waned in the mid-eighteenth century, its energy was spent on raiding infidel merchant vessels. Instead of responding by collectively confronting and neutralizing Barbary, European powers, always busy quarrelling among themselves, opted to buy peace through tribute (or, according to Muslim rationale, jizya). Fresh meat appeared on the horizon once the newly-born United States broke free of Great Britain (and was therefore no longer protected by the latter’s jizya payments). Some American congressmen agreed with Jefferson that “it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them” -- including General George Washington: “In such an enlightened, in such a liberal age, how is it possible that the great maritime powers of Europe should submit to pay an annual tribute to the little piratical States of Barbary?” he wrote to a friend. “Would to Heaven we had a navy able to reform those enemies to mankind, or crush them into nonexistence.” But the majority of Congress agreed with John Adams: “We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever.” Considering the perpetual, existential nature of Islamic hostility, Adams may have been more right than he knew. Congress settled on emulating the Europeans and paying off the terrorists, though it would take years to raise the demanded ransom. When Muslim pirates from Algiers captured eleven more American merchant vessels in 1794, the Naval Act was passed and a permanent U.S. naval force established. But because the first war vessels would not be ready until 1800, American jizya payments -- which took up 16 percent of the federal budget -- began to be made to Algeria in 1795. In return, over 100 American sailors were released -- how many died or disappeared is unclear -- and the Islamic sea raids formally ceased. American payments and “gifts” over the following years caused the increasingly emboldened Muslim pirates to respond with increasingly capricious demands. One of the more ignoble instances occurred in 1800, when Captain William Bainbridge of the George Washington sailed to the pirate-leader of Algiers, with what the latter deemed insufficient tribute. Referring to the Americans as “my slaves,” Dey Mustapha ordered them to transport hundreds of black slaves to Istanbul (Constantinople). Adding insult to insult, he commanded the American crew to take down the U.S. flag and hoist the Islamic flag -- one not unlike ISIS’ notorious black flag -- in its place. And, no matter how rough the seas might be during the long voyage, Bainbridge was required to make sure the George Washington faced Mecca five times a day to accommodate the prayers of Muslims onboard. That Bainbridge condescended to becoming Barbary’s delivery boy seems only to have further whetted the terrorists’ appetite. In 1801, Tripoli demanded an instant payment of $225,000, followed by annual payments of $25,000 -- respectively equivalent to $3.5 million and $425,000 today. Concluding that “nothing will stop the eternal increase of demand from these pirates but the presence of an armed force,” America’s third president, Jefferson, refused the ultimatum. (He may have recalled Captain O’Brien’s observation concerning his Barbary masters: “Money is their God and Mahomet their prophet.”) Denied jizya from the infidels, Tripoli proclaimed jihad on the United States on May 10, 1801. But by now, America had six war vessels, which Jefferson deployed to the Barbary Coast. For the next five years, the U.S. Navy warred with the Muslim pirates, making little headway and suffering some setbacks -- the most humiliating being when the Philadelphia and its crew were captured in 1803. Desperate measures were needed: enter William Eaton. As U.S. consul to Tunis (1797–1803), he had lived among and understood the region’s Muslims well. He knew that “the more you give the more the Turks will ask for,” and despised that old sense of Islamic superiority: “It grates me mortally,” he wrote, “when I see a lazy Turk [generic for Muslim] reclining at his ease upon an embroidered sofa, with one Christian slave to hold his pipe, another to hold his coffee, and a third to fan away the flies.” Seeing that the newborn American navy was making little headway against the seasoned pirates, he devised a daring plan: to sponsor the claim of Mustafa’s brother, exiled in Alexandria; and then to march the latter’s supporters and mercenaries through five hundred miles of desert, from Alexandria onto Tripoli. The trek was arduous -- not least because of the Muslim mercenaries themselves. Eaton had repeatedly tried to win them over: “I touched upon the affinity of principle between the Islam and Americans [sic] religion.” But despite these all too familiar ecumenical overtures, “We find it almost impossible to inspire these wild bigots with confidence in us,” he lamented in his diary, “or to persuade them that, being Christians, we can be otherwise than enemies to Mussulmen. We have a difficult undertaking!” (For all his experience with Muslims, Eaton was apparently unaware of the finer points of their (Sharia) law, namely, al-wala’ wa’l bara’, or “loyalty and enmity.”) Eaton eventually managed to reach and conquer Tripoli’s coastal town of Derne on April 27, 1805. Less than two months later, on June 10, a peace treaty was signed between the U.S. and Tripoli, formally ending hostilities. Thus and despite the (rather ignorant) question that became popular after 9/11, “Why do they hate us?” -- a question that was answered to Jefferson and Adams 233 years ago today -- the United States’ first war and victory as a nation was against Muslims, and the latter had initiated hostilities on the same rationale Muslims had used to initiate hostilities against non-Muslims for the preceding 1,200 years. Sources for quotes in this article can be found in the author’s recent book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West; 352 pages long and containing over a thousand endnotes, it copiously documents what many in academia have sought to hide: the long and bloody history between Islam and the West, in the context of their eight most landmark battles. American Thinker reviews of the book can be read here and here). Exactly 233 years ago this week, two of America’s founding fathers documented their first exposure to Islamic jihad in a letter to Congress; like many Americans today, they too were shocked at what they learned. Context: in 1785, Muslim pirates from North Africa, or “Barbary,” had captured two American ships, the Maria and Dauphin, and enslaved their crews. In an effort to ransom the enslaved Americans and establish peaceful relations, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams -- then ambassadors to France and England respectively -- met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain, Abdul Rahman Adja. Following this diplomatic exchange, they laid out the source of the Barbary States’ hitherto inexplicable animosity to American vessels in a letter to Congress dated March 28, 1786: We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their [Barbary’s] pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. 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 who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise One need not conjecture what the American ambassadors -- who years earlier had asserted that all men were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” -- thought of their Muslim counterpart’s answer. Suffice to say, because the ransom demanded was over fifteen times greater than what Congress had approved, little came of the meeting. It should be noted that centuries before setting their sights on American vessels, the Barbary States of Muslim North Africa -- specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis -- had been thriving on the slave trade of Christians abducted from virtually every corner of coastal Europe -- including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland. These raids were so successful that, “between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast,” to quote American historian Robert Davis. The treatment of these European slaves was exacerbated by the fact that they were Christian “infidels.” As Robert Playfair (b.1828), who served for years as a consul in Barbary, explained, “In almost every case they [European slaves] were hated on account of their religion.” Three centuries earlier, John Foxe had written in his Book of Martyrs that, “In no part of the globe are Christians so hated, or treated with such severity, as at Algiers.” The punishments these European slaves received for real or imagined offenses beggared description: “If they speak against Mahomet [blasphemy], they must become Mahometans, or be impaled alive. If they profess Christianity again, after having changed to the Mahometan persuasion, they are roasted alive [as apostates], or thrown from the city walls, and caught upon large sharp hooks, on which they hang till they expire.” As such, when Captain O’Brien of the Dauphin wrote to Jefferson saying that “our sufferings are beyond our expression or your conception,” he was clearly not exaggerating. After Barbary’s ability to abduct coastal Europeans had waned in the mid-eighteenth century, its energy was spent on raiding infidel merchant vessels. Instead of responding by collectively confronting and neutralizing Barbary, European powers, always busy quarrelling among themselves, opted to buy peace through tribute (or, according to Muslim rationale, jizya). Fresh meat appeared on the horizon once the newly-born United States broke free of Great Britain (and was therefore no longer protected by the latter’s jizya payments). Some American congressmen agreed with Jefferson that “it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them” -- including General George Washington: “In such an enlightened, in such a liberal age, how is it possible that the great maritime powers of Europe should submit to pay an annual tribute to the little piratical States of Barbary?” he wrote to a friend. “Would to Heaven we had a navy able to reform those enemies to mankind, or crush them into nonexistence.” But the majority of Congress agreed with John Adams: “We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever.” Considering the perpetual, existential nature of Islamic hostility, Adams may have been more right than he knew. Congress settled on emulating the Europeans and paying off the terrorists, though it would take years to raise the demanded ransom. When Muslim pirates from Algiers captured eleven more American merchant vessels in 1794, the Naval Act was passed and a permanent U.S. naval force established. But because the first war vessels would not be ready until 1800, American jizya payments -- which took up 16 percent of the federal budget -- began to be made to Algeria in 1795. In return, over 100 American sailors were released -- how many died or disappeared is unclear -- and the Islamic sea raids formally ceased. American payments and “gifts” over the following years caused the increasingly emboldened Muslim pirates to respond with increasingly capricious demands. One of the more ignoble instances occurred in 1800, when Captain William Bainbridge of the George Washington sailed to the pirate-leader of Algiers, with what the latter deemed insufficient tribute. Referring to the Americans as “my slaves,” Dey Mustapha ordered them to transport hundreds of black slaves to Istanbul (Constantinople). Adding insult to insult, he commanded the American crew to take down the U.S. flag and hoist the Islamic flag -- one not unlike ISIS’ notorious black flag -- in its place. And, no matter how rough the seas might be during the long voyage, Bainbridge was required to make sure the George Washington faced Mecca five times a day to accommodate the prayers of Muslims onboard. That Bainbridge condescended to becoming Barbary’s delivery boy seems only to have further whetted the terrorists’ appetite. In 1801, Tripoli demanded an instant payment of $225,000, followed by annual payments of $25,000 -- respectively equivalent to $3.5 million and $425,000 today. Concluding that “nothing will stop the eternal increase of demand from these pirates but the presence of an armed force,” America’s third president, Jefferson, refused the ultimatum. (He may have recalled Captain O’Brien’s observation concerning his Barbary masters: “Money is their God and Mahomet their prophet.”) Denied jizya from the infidels, Tripoli proclaimed jihad on the United States on May 10, 1801. But by now, America had six war vessels, which Jefferson deployed to the Barbary Coast. For the next five years, the U.S. Navy warred with the Muslim pirates, making little headway and suffering some setbacks -- the most humiliating being when the Philadelphia and its crew were captured in 1803. Desperate measures were needed: enter William Eaton. As U.S. consul to Tunis (1797–1803), he had lived among and understood the region’s Muslims well. He knew that “the more you give the more the Turks will ask for,” and despised that old sense of Islamic superiority: “It grates me mortally,” he wrote, “when I see a lazy Turk [generic for Muslim] reclining at his ease upon an embroidered sofa, with one Christian slave to hold his pipe, another to hold his coffee, and a third to fan away the flies.” Seeing that the newborn American navy was making little headway against the seasoned pirates, he devised a daring plan: to sponsor the claim of Mustafa’s brother, exiled in Alexandria; and then to march the latter’s supporters and mercenaries through five hundred miles of desert, from Alexandria onto Tripoli. The trek was arduous -- not least because of the Muslim mercenaries themselves. Eaton had repeatedly tried to win them over: “I touched upon the affinity of principle between the Islam and Americans [sic] religion.” But despite these all too familiar ecumenical overtures, “We find it almost impossible to inspire these wild bigots with confidence in us,” he lamented in his diary, “or to persuade them that, being Christians, we can be otherwise than enemies to Mussulmen. We have a difficult undertaking!” (For all his experience with Muslims, Eaton was apparently unaware of the finer points of their (Sharia) law, namely, al-wala’ wa’l bara’, or “loyalty and enmity.”) Eaton eventually managed to reach and conquer Tripoli’s coastal town of Derne on April 27, 1805. Less than two months later, on June 10, a peace treaty was signed between the U.S. and Tripoli, formally ending hostilities. Thus and despite the (rather ignorant) question that became popular after 9/11, “Why do they hate us?” -- a question that was answered to Jefferson and Adams 233 years ago today -- the United States’ first war and victory as a nation was against Muslims, and the latter had initiated hostilities on the same rationale Muslims had used to initiate hostilities against non-Muslims for the preceding 1,200 years. Sources for quotes in this article can be found in the author’s recent book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0306825554/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0306825554&linkCode=as2&tag=raymondibrahi-20&linkId=0f925201768b161ae319879bb3fdf1d7); 352 pages long and containing over a thousand endnotes, it copiously documents what many in academia have sought to hide: the long and bloody history between Islam and the West, in the context of their eight most landmark battles. 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