The very first war the young American Republic was forced into was a war against Islamic terrorism. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson sent the US Navy and the US Marine Corps "to the shores of Tripoli" to subdue the Tripolitan Muslim terrorists who were marauding American merchant ships in the Mediterranean. The Marines outfitted themselves with tall leather collars to prevent the Muslim terrorists beheading them, earning for themselves the nickname "leathernecks" that they carry to this day. They also earned their stripes by capturing the Tripolitan city of Derna, which induced the Pasha of Tripoli to sue for peace in 1805.
In 1785, when Jefferson was Ambassador to France, he and John Adams had met in London with Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, the Tripolitan Ambassador to England to try to reach a peaceful cessation of the Muslim terrorism along the Barbary Coast. Jefferson would later write of the meeting, "The ambassador replied: It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise."
Ambassador Abdrahaman's statement was accurate – and revealing. The source of terrorism is the Koran. It is not insults to the Prophet, Mr. President. It is not joblessness, Mr. President. It is not failure to integrate into Western culture, Mr. President. The source of terrorism, Mr. President, is the Koran!
The black slaves who were imported into our Southern States in the early days of the Republic were supplied by North African Muslim slave traders, who were simply following the edicts of their Koran in capturing non-Muslim Africans and selling them into slavery. Without that Muslim incentive, the trans-Atlantic slave trade would never have existed.
In 1904, a hundred years after Jefferson defeated the North African Muslim terrorists of his day, Teddy Roosevelt had to send in the Marines again when Muslim Moroccan tribal chief Mulai Ahmed er Risuli kidnapped Greek-American Ion Perdicaris from his villa in Morocco. Roosevelt sent seven battleships from the Atlantic Fleet to the Moroccan coast and secured Perdicaris' release.
In November 1914, the Ottoman Empire declared a jihad against Russia,, France, and Britain and joined Germany against the allies in the newly erupted "Great War." Although the war in the Middle East theater was pursued mainly by Britain, the diversion of forces from the Western Front certainly contributed to the length and severity of the fighting there – and exacerbated the loss of American lives.
When General Sir Edmund Allenby, between October 1917 and October 1918, crushed the remnants of the Ottoman Empire, Britain was left occupying what would become Iraq, Palestine, Trans-Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The British did not inherit a peaceful land. With the fall of the autocratic Ottoman Empire, the Middle East became a cauldron of fractious, constantly warring tribes – which it remains to this day – fomenting hatred and jihad against the West and against America in particular.
Yes, Mr. President, Islam is woven into the fabric of America, but certainly not to our advantage as you seem to suggest. Islam has been responsible for the misery and death of more Americans than any other of the evils this nation has faced in its 239 year history.
"The only religion I respect is Islam. The only prophet I admire is the prophet Muhammad." – Adolph Hitler