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Islam Versus the United States


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The first countries to declare war on the newly formed United States were the Muslim Barbary States of North Africa....From 1783, until the Presidency of George Washington in 1789, the newborn Republic had no strong central authority, and that is when the Barbary pirates struck.

Christian North Africa circa 300 A.D.

Christian North Africa circa 300 A.D.

By 300 A.D., Roman North Africa had millions of Christians, and Carthage was the most important city, with a population of over 500,000.

Carthage was the main city in Roman North Africa.

Carthage was the main city in Roman North Africa.

The conquest of North Africa by the Muslims was preceded by the PLAGUE.

Emperor Justinian (483-565).

Emperor Justinian (483-565).
Roman Emperor from 527 to 565.


Deadly bubonic plague struck the territories of the Eastern Roman Empire during the reign of Emperor Justinian.

Now called the Plague of Justinian, It began in the year 541, and by 750, almost half the population was dead

This biological warfare prepared the way for the easy Arab victories.

Depiction of plague by French artist Poussin.

Depiction of the plague by French artist Poussin.

All of the vast Christian provinces of North Africa fell to the bloody sword of Allah by 711.

The area conquered by the Arabs became known as the Barbary States. When the U.S. was a young Republic in 1800, there were 4 Barbary States.

The Muslims of North Africa practiced slavery on a vast scale by raiding the coasts of Europe and stealing men, women, and children for slavery or to obtain ransom money from their relatives.

Their slave empire also extended southward into sub Sahara Africa.


The 4 Barbary States were: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Tripoli.

The 4 Barbary States were: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Tripoli.


When the 13 colonies were part of Great Britain, their sizable merchant fleet fell under the protection of the Royal Navy, and therefore were immune from attack by Barbary pirates. The Barbary pirates often cast covetous eyes on the colonies' ships but could not seize them due to treaties with Great Britain:

Prior to the Revolutionary War, American merchant ships enjoyed British protection on the high seas. Under the terms of Britain's treaties with other nations, including the Barbary States, American ships were issued British-backed passes of safe conduct for the Mediterranean.
These maritime passes operated on a very simple yet effective system that declared the bearer immune from seizure. The pass would be cut in half along a serrated, lateral line, the top of which was issued to a ship's captain, while the bottom half was given to the Barbary regency and copied for distribution to the corsair captains. When a vessel was boarded by pirates, the ship's captain would produce his pass, and if the edges and words or images matched, it was usually accepted-although occasionally a palm or two would need greasing; the prize would be released and allowed to sail away unmolested. Although fraught with abuse and forgery, the system worked reasonably well. (London, Victory in Tripoli, p.13).

With independence, the situation changed completely. Gone was the protective Royal Navy and the young Republic's ships were fair game for the pirates.

Morocco seized the first U.S. ship in 1784

Morocco was the first country to seize a U.S. ship. The Betsey was a merchant brig and was seized off the coast of Spain in 1784.

Great Britain recognized the independence of the U.S. by the Treaty of Paris signed in September 1783. U.S. ships ceased to enjoy Royal Navy protection.

The newly independent colonies were not expected to last very long. The Continental Congress had 16 Presidents before George Washington was elected in 1789.

Thomas Mifflin, Continental Congress President for only 7 months.

Thomas Mifflin, Continental Congress President for only 7 months.


When the first ship was seized, the new Republic was in a very precarious position.

Thomas Mifflin was Continental Congress President, and Sidi Muhammad III was Sultan of Morocco.

Great Britain recognized the independence of the U.S. in 1783, and the very next year the first ship was seized by Moroccan pirates.


Sultan Sidi Muhammad (1710-1790).

Sultan Sidi Muhammad (1710-1790).

The news of the ship's capture by Moroccan pirates reached the U.S. in 1785:

News of the Betsey's capture reached the United States by February 1785. The American press received and expressed grossly exaggerated accounts both of the Betsey's capture and of the general situation in the Mediterranean. Reports of multiple captures by Morocco and Algiers were detailed in several newspapers, while leading papers in Pennsylvania and Virginia reported that an American captain had discovered from an Englishman that as many as six American ships had been seized by the Moors and their crews sold into captivity. By the summer of 1785, the media exaggerations subsided as hard facts emerged. (London, Victory in Tripoli, pp. 27-28).

The release of the crew was obtained by Spain's foreign minister who was vitally interested in gaining control of the former British colonies:

The situation was satisfactorily resolved with the friendly intervention of Spain's foreign minister, conde de Floridablanca. Besides spreading goodwill, the minister was eager to resolve the Mississippi question in North America and hoped that his intercession would help to maintain cordial relations with the United States—a potentially valuable regional ally against the British. On July 9, 1785, the emperor of Morocco liberally agreed to release the Betsey, including her crew and her cargo, in exchange for America's pledge to send a peace negotiator very soon to conclude a formal treaty. During the intervening months, the cargo and ship were lost, but Moroccan affability prevailed and restitution was made. (London, Victory in Tripoli, pp. 27-28).

The very same year, Algeria declared war on the United States—the first nation to do so:

A mere three months after the Betsey was seized, however, a far greater disaster befell the United States in Barbary. Two American ships and their combined crew of twenty-one men were captured and enslaved by Algerine pirates. The Boston schooner Maria (or Mary), commanded by Captain Isaac Stevens, was seized off Cape Saint Vincent, at the southern tip of Portugal, on July 24, and the Philadelphia ship Dauphin (or Dolphin), commanded by Captain Richard O'Brien, was seized off Cadiz, Spain, on July 30, 1785. But this time Spain was not coming to the rescue. (London, Victory in Tripoli, pp. 27-28).

The first Barbary War started in 1801

The first Barbary War started during the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson.

President Thomas Jefferson

President Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826). President from 1801 to 1809.


When Jefferson became President, the new nation possessed only 6 fighting ships.

The Muslim pirates in the Barbary States saw a golden opportunity for extortion, blackmail, and the obtaining of slaves.

They did not hesitate to descend like vultures on the defenseless merchant ships.



Secretary of State James Madison (1751-1836).

Secretary of State James Madison (1751-1836).

While he was ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson was frankly told that the Muslim creed commands them to make war upon all unbelievers:

In May 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then the U.S. ambassador to France, and John Adams, then the U.S. ambassador to Britain, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the resident Tripolitan ambassador, to try to negotiate a peace treaty to protect the United States from the threat of Barbary piracy. These future U.S. presidents questioned the ambassador as to why his government was so hostile to the new American Republic even though America had done nothing to provoke any animosity of any sort. 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, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once." (London, Victory in Tripoli, pp. 23-24).

Here are just 3 quotes from the "Holy" Koran that justifies killing those who do not convert to Islam:

Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in God nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what God and His apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. (Sura 9:29).

When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens. (Sura 47:1).

They would have you disbelieve as they themselves have disbelieved, so that you may be all alike. Do not befriend them until they have fled their homes for the cause of God. If they desert you, seize them and put them to death wherever you find them. (Sura 4:87).

At the time of President Jefferson the tribute was GOLD . . . now it's PETRODOLLARS!!

Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).

Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).


Commodore Stephen Decatur was a hero of the first Barbary War.

All the European nations were filled with DREAD of the Barbary pirates.

Only the bravest of men would go hand to hand with those religious fanatics.



U.S. sailors in hand to hand combat with Barbary pirates.

U.S. sailors in hand to hand combat with Barbary pirates.

Commodore Stephen Decatur killed the captain of a Tripolitan gunboat in a hand-to-hand engagement at Tripoli, August 3, 1804. The wars with the Barbary pirates marked the first time the United States became involved militarily with the Muslim world.

William Eaton. (1764-1811).

William Eaton. (1764-1811).


William Eaton led a small force of about 500 men across 500 miles of desert and attacked the fortress of Derna from the rear.

The Muslims quickly surrendered and made a temporary peace with the United States.

The Battle of Derna in 1805.

The Battle of Derna in 1805.

Starting out in Egypt, William Eaton led a small group of about 50 marines and 400 Muslim mercenaries on a 500 mile march through the desert. His final target was the city of Tripoli. After capturing Derna he received no naval support and had to abandon his plans. The town's capture, and the threat of further advance on Tripoli, were strong influences toward peace, negotiated in June 1805 by Tobias Lear and Commodore John Rodgers with the Pasha of Tripoli.

The Tripoli Monument was moved from Washington City in 1860

The Tripoli Monument is the oldest military monument in the U.S. It honors the fallen heroes of the First Barbary War: Captain Richard Somers, Lieutenant James Caldwell, James Decatur, Henry Wadsworth, Joseph Israel and John Dorsey. Originally known as the Naval Monument, it was carved of Carrara marble in Italy in 1806 and brought to the United States as ballast on board the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides).

Tripoli Monument.

Tripoli Monument.

This monument commemorating the first Barbary War stood right in front of the U.S. Capitol building for almost 40 years.

It was moved just before the Civil War began in 1861.

Close up of Tripoli Monument.

Close up of Tripoli Monument.

The monument was first erected at the Washington Naval Yard on the Potomac in 1808. Then in 1831 it was moved to the west front of the U.S. Capital Building and placed within a fountain–where the US Grant Memorial stands today. Finally, it was moved to its present location at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where it has stood for the last 149 years.

Most of the people who were involved in the Barbary Wars met untimely deaths. One was the personal secretary to George Washington. Here are just 5 prominent people who suffered an early demise.

Thomas Barclay (1728-1793). Personal representative of Washington to the Barbary States died suddenly in Lisbon aged 65 years.
William Eaton (1764-1811)—the hero of the Battle of Derna died at the young age of 47.
Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) was challenged to a duel and died at the young age of 41.
John Paul Jones (1747-1792) died suddenly in Paris after receiving a commission from President Jefferson to fight the Barbary pirates. He was 45 years old.
Tobias Lear (1762-1816) was the personal secretary of George Washington and President Jefferson's envoy to Tripoli. His death at the young age of 54 was reported as a "suicide."

Obviously it was very hazardous to your health to represent the U.S. in a diplomatic or military capacity vis-à-vis the Barbary States.

ASSASSIN comes from the Arabic HASHISHIYYUN!!

The word assassin comes from the Arabic word hashishiyyan meaning hashish taker. The word was brought back to Europe by the Crusaders to describe a highly secretive Muslim sect who specialized in assassinating their enemies.

Here is the dictionary definition of assassin:

1. a murderer, esp. one who kills a politically prominent person for fanatical or monetary reasons.
2. one of an order of Muslim fanatics, active in Persia and Syria from about 1090 to 1272, whose chief object was to assassinate Crusaders.

One of the most infamous assassinations was that of President Lincoln. President Lincoln sought to end slavery in the U.S. and that put him on a collision course with the entire Muslim world.

President Abraham Lincoln (1819-1865).

President Abraham Lincoln (1819-1865).


All of the slaves who were brought to the New World were originally sold to the Europeans by Arab slave traders in Africa.

President Lincoln was not only fighting the CONfederacy, but he was also at war with the entire Muslim world.

England and France were also allied with the CONfederacy.

Assassination of President Lincoln.

Assassination of President Lincoln.

President Lincoln had a herculean task to perform in saving the Union. The South and the Muslim world stood to lose the most by the elimination of slavery. France and England were allies, with France having at least 30,000 troops in Mexico.

Matías Romero—the Mexican representative in Washington City was constantly urging the President to declare war on France for stationing troops in Mexico.

Thank the Triune God that President Lincoln outwitted them all and slavery was issued a deadly blow both in the South . . . and in the entire Muslim world!!

The U.S. was free from the payment of tribute to Islam from 1815 to 1933

The second and last Barbary War was fought in 1815. On June 20, Commodore Stephen Decatur left New York with a squadon of 10 ships.

The squadron arrived off Algiers on June 28. The THREAT of using force was enough to force the Barbary States of Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli to sign peace treaties and promise never again to attack U.S. ships.

Barbary piracy and extortion seemed to be ended for good.

That is until 1933, when John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford starting paying tribute again in the form of PETRODOLLARS:

The Standard Oil Company discovered oil in Saudi Arabia in 1933. Rockefeller ordered the oil wells closed in the United States and Saudi oil began flowing into this country.

John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937).

John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937).

John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford were responsible for the air polluting gasoline engine.

The electric car was abandoned, and billions of dollars (a devil in every dollar) began to flow to Saudi Arabia for the spread of the false religion of Islam around the world and in the United States.

Henry Ford (1863-1947).

Henry Ford (1863-1947).

The Ford Motor Company was a subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company. Rockefeller oil billions began to flow to the corrupt regime in Saudi Arabia. The oil billions were used to CORRUPT the United States and open the door to the Islamic invasion.

Vital Link

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Copyright © 2009 by Niall Kilkenny

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