The Marine Hymn should remind us that America
has a problem with Islam that dates back to the founding of our nation.
Before that, Britain, as our "Mother Country”, dealt with the problem of
Islamic state sponsored piracy. Either you paid tribute to the Barbary
States or they raided and seized your ships and sailors. You could consider
the tribute that was paid the maritime version of the
jizya, the tax infidels pay to not be molested by Muslims.
The Tripolitan ambassador to London made it
clear in a conversation with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams that as
Muslims, they had a right and duty to plunder and enslave infidels. That was
the only reason they needed to make war. This was in 1786.
The reason to stop making war didn’t arrive
until the Barbary States were defeated by the American Navy and Marines in
1805. After the First Barbary War, the United States enjoyed a brief period
of safe passage for commercial shipping in the Mediterranean. That changed
during the War of 1812 when the Barbary States saw an opportunity to exploit
the absence of American naval power in the Mediterranean.
Raids on American shipping resumed until the
Second Barbary War. Even then, after agreeing to a peace treaty, the Pasha
of Tripoli reneged once the American fleet departed for Tunis. A Muslim’s
word to an infidel is merely an expedient dependent upon present
circumstances. It took another year and a combined Dutch and English fleet
to bombard the Pasha into submission. It took the colonial occupation of
North Africa by European states to end Islamic piracy in the Mediterranean,
at least until recently.
If anything, Islam has remained true to its
founding as a religion designed to motivate and unify caravan raiders (land
pirates) under a single leader with a single set of guiding principles.
Thievery and murder gained the respect of a religious calling. How could
anyone believe that a religion that had remained faithful to its principles
for 11 centuries prior to 1786 would deviate two centuries later? The only
peace the civilized world has had with Islam has been exacted on the
battlefield or by payment of the jizya. Even then, the peace is a
temporary interlude before some Islamic leader perceives weakness in his
enemy and the opportunity to pursue his Islamic "duty and right” to "plunder
Thanks to political correctness and the
Left’s incessant war against the American military, it is unlikely that
public school students any where in America have any idea where the phrase
"shores of Tripoli” originated or the historical relationship between the
United States and Islam. Are we dooming our children to repeating the
mistakes of the past by depriving them of this simple lesson? To the Left,
American history should be taught as a source of guilt and shame, not virtue
and pride. The American military is evil, and anyone leaving this classroom
not knowing that is a mentally disturbed warmonger.
In those same classrooms, Islam is just
another religion and if it’s a bit wacky or extreme, it’s no different than
any other religion, just like Christianity. So let’s be Muslims for a week
or two, see how stern and silly it is, and project our disdain for that
sternness and silliness on our own religious beliefs. It is an insidious
attack on all religions by portraying Muslim believers as the stereotype for
all people with deep religious convictions and obedience to religious
Barbary pirates, air pirates, caravan
raiders, suicide bombers and terrorists are the products of religion, any
religion. That is the lesson being taught and it is a false one. They are
the products of Islam and those Muslims who do not recognize their "duty and
right” to "plunder and enslave” are the apostates. Or are they like the
Pasha of Tripoli, waiting for their opportunity at redemption?
Tolerating the intolerable, accommodating
diversity for the sake of division and omissions of fact from our historical
perspective exposes us to a danger the civilized world has known for more
than 13 centuries, even if our own experience dates back only two centuries.
Is our memory span as a nation that short or shorter?
The shores of Tripoli
are still there, long ago washed by American blood. The ignorant and their
Leftist mentors would have us drench those shores, or the sands of Iraq, or
the hills of Afghanistan, again, and again, and again.