Recently the proprietor of this blog wrote…
Traditionally, the United States has always had good relations with the Islamic world.
In fact this isn’t true in any meaningful way, though I’ve noticed that those who focus on the JQ almost invariably end up taking some variation of this position, Pat Buchanan has, and much more recently Richard Hoste.
But I believe this position is based on a shortsighted misreading of history.
Obviously Europe has struggled against Islam for centuries but the fact is that just about as long as there has been an America we have had a conflict with Islam.
In 1773, after the end of the American revolution, America became responsible for its own national security. An ongoing issue which we inherited from the Crown was the depredations against American flag ships by the Ottoman empire, specifically that Ottoman ships were taking the crews as slaves.
Due to a lack of funds America first attempted to buy their way out of trouble through a disastrous attempt at paying tribute, but like every such scheme throughout history the amount simply kept inflating until it became cheaper to go to war.
Before they took that drastic step Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, in March of 1785, traveled to London to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy located there. They asked “concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury.”
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 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.”
America opted not to pursue war at this time but the tribute ultimately reached about 20% of the American budget which was, needless to say, unsustainable.
Ultimately America did go to war with the Ottoman empire, but as is so often the case when dealing with Islam they were raiding ships again not two years after the peace treaty was signed which ultimately lead to the Second Barbary War.
The end of the Second Barbary War entailed the release of over a thousand Christian slaves.
Next came the Great Game of colonization and the Middle East was in many ways quiescent until WWII.
In early May 1941 Iraq, the new home of the Caliphate, entered WWII on the side of the Axis.
And so on and so forth. Hunter suggests that we have had “good relations” with Muslims over the years but I have to wonder, what are we talking about exactly?
Ironically it strikes me that in some ways they have the same problem we do, a progressive elite that don’t accurately reflect the hopes and aspirations of Muslims, the hope to crush the West and the dream of planting the black flag of Islam over Dar-al-Islam.
When we look at the realities of Islamic immigration to the West which parts are we liking, exactly?
The crime? The rapes? The no-go areas? In fact let’s call the horrors of Islamic immigration into the West the microcosm of my larger point, no matter what you think of Jews, in the real world it just doesn’t add up to Islam being anything other than just as much of an existential threat as the Jews pose.