Ah, City Journal continues its tradition of fine articles with this piece Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates. I have to admit my ignorance of history but I never knew Americans fought against Muslims even two hundred years ago (and they seem to have fought quite well). Though I suppose I wasn’t too surprised when I read the article. Muslims are and have been quite predictable in that respect that they are natural enemies of any forces of good as the Quran calls for Jihad against all infidels.
And it’s worth remembering that Muslims have been to the best of my knowledge the most wicked slavers throughout their existence.
As the writer asks: “How many know that perhaps 1.5 million Europeans and Americans were enslaved in Islamic North Africa between 1530 and 1780?”.
And that of course doesn’t include countless other people who were enslaved by Muslims during that time. I bet they weren’t treating those slaves in any particularly humane way either.
Also, let’s take words of advice from the then-President Madison: “It is a settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute. The United States, while they wish for war with no nation, will buy peace with none.”
Buying peace from evil usually only makes it stronger and sooner or later the forces of good have to fight against it. Thus, let’s not buy peace, let’s fightagainstthem if they ask for more tributes in any form (though I’d better add that I do support economic and demographic warfare often instead of conventional warfare).