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by Gary DeMar The following remarks were made by President Obama at an Iftar Dinner for Muslims held at in the East Room at the White House: "As I've noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia - perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress - the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that's a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam - like so many faiths - is part of our national story." Little has changed since the eighteenth century. In Joseph Wheelan's well researched and highly readable book on America's first war on terror with Islam, we learn that "Jefferson's war pitted a modern republic with a free-trade, entrepreneurial creed against a medieval autocracy whose credo was piracy and terror. It matched an ostensibly Christian nation against an avowed Islamic one that professed to despise Christians." Wheelan's historical assessment of the time is on target. "Except for its Native American population and a small percentage of Jews, the United States was solidly Christian, while the North African regencies were just as solidly Muslim - openly hostile toward Christians." The Quran's peace initiatives are one sided. To have peace, opposing forces must submit to Islam or be destroyed. 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. When President Jefferson refused to increase the tribute demanded by the Islamists of his day, 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. The Marine's Hymn with the line "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli" should have been sung in the East Room of the White House to put history in perspective for the President and his Muslim guests. Paul Johnson, "'Relentlessly and Thoroughly': The Only Way to Respond," National Review (October 15, 2001). Consider this from John Quincy Adams: Consider the following from John Quincy Adams: "The precept of the koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective.
We have the obligation to educate the world about the true nature of Islam, and the true historical attitude of the U.S. towards Islam. The U.S., starting with President Jefferson, hates Muslims. The first war the U.S. fought, after the Revolution, was against Muslims. It is sad that so many people forget this vital aspect of history.
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