January 2, 2011
Many would have you believe that America’s battle with Islam is a recent phenomenon caused by our flagrant intrusion into their holy lands and meddling in their affairs. To some extent I would agree these issues have heightened the intensity of the Islamic fervor we are currently experiencing. But make no mistake; this is not the beginning of an Islamic war against America or the Infidels, it has been active for centuries.
One period of American history, which directly relates to Islamic war mongering, took place during the early years of America’s formation. From around 1530 until the early 1780’s more than a million and a half Europeans and Americans were captured and put into slavery by the “Barbary Pirates” of North Africa. These “pirates” were followers of Mohammad as are the modern day Somalia pirates off the eastern coast of Africa that hazard the waterways of the Indian Ocean.
In response to the piracy taking place off the Barbary Coast; Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went and visited Tripoli’s envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, to enquire as to what right they could take slaves and extort money from the people of Europe and America. Jefferson reported his reply to be: “that right was founded on the laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners and that every Mussulman (sic) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to paradise.”  Sound familiar?
On the question of what America should do about the piracy divided the leaders of our new nation. Some argued, as did John Adams, that we should pay the tribute to get passage through the shipping lanes. Indeed Adams stated that “We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever.”
He understood that we were facing a theology that viewed all those that were not a part of their faith as evil and was their duty to convert, enslave, or destroy and doing so was deemed honorable.
Many have speculated that Jefferson was, or had leanings toward, Muhammadism because he owned a Koran. But remember, during the early years of our nation the government did not have a global intelligence network as we do today. With the impending war, with the pirates of the Barbary Coast, Jefferson needed to gain insight into the motivations of this enemy and what better way than through their own scriptures.
The ideals Jefferson argued for in the drafting of the Virginia Statute on Religion, and what was to become the basis for the First Amendment to the Constitution, was an all-inclusive religious guarantee. There were those that presented language that invoked a purely Christen view calling to replace “almighty God” with “Jesus Christ.” Jefferson argued that “Almighty God” would be inclusive to all religion, and rightfully so, with the guarantee that all religions would be protected.
But what of a religion that esteems its own religion as the only true religion? As long as the First Amendment guarantee was in place there is no problem. Each religion could believe as they will with the guarantee that they are able to continue to do so without government intervention and a protection to ensure they would not be persecuted for their beliefs. But even this guarantee was selectively enforced during the early years of our nation – see the history of the Mormon religion and persecution.
Today, for the most part, every religion has the right and ability to worship as they believe. This is not true in many nations of the world and was one of the prime motivators for migration to the new world from England. Today we also understand, here in America, that people are free to choose for themselves which religion they will follow and allow all others to believe as they will or to not believe in any religion.
With a global population between 1.2 and 1.6 billion people the Muslim Religion makes up approximately one fifth of the earth’s population. We are told that it is only a minority of the people in the Muslim religion that supports the terrorist radical views that we see today. Some have placed the number of Muslim based terrorists at about 10% of the Muslim population giving us an estimate between 120 and 160 million people supporting the extremist view. To give you a visualization of how many people this is, it would equate to nearly the entire population of Russia today (141 million).
The Koran teaches its followers that those who believe should follow only Allah and his messenger (Koran 4:59, 123; 28:17; 3:28, 5:49). Chapter 9, verse 29 states plainly: “Fight against such of the people who despite having been given Scriptures do not (really) believe in Allah and the Last Day, and who do not hold unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have declared to be unlawful, and to not subscribe to the true faith, until they pay the Jizyah (- the commutation tax), provided they can afford it, and they are content with their state of subjection (having become incorporated in the Islamic government).” 
Along with the Koran (or Qur’an) is the Hadith – according to IslamOnline.net the: “Hadith is integral to the Qur’an, since they are inseparably linked to each other. It is impossible to understand the Qur’an without reference to hadith. The Qur’an is the message, and the Hadith is the explanation of the message by the Messenger himself… The Qur’an makes it abundantly clear that the function of the Messenger is not merely that of a deliveryman who simply delivers the revelation from Allah to us. Rather, he has been entrusted with the most important task of explaining and illustrating the same.” 
From the Hadith we learn: (Muslim 19:4294) "When you meet your enemies who are polytheists [Christians], invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them ... If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them" (Emphasis added)
The Hadith also teaches that there is no other authority over the land as all land belongs to Allah. In Bukhari 53:392 in speaking to the Jews: “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle.” 
Yet, in the end, IslamOnline.net affirms that: “Hadith at all times must be evaluated by the well-established rules of validation as established by the great scholars. Such firm criteria include the following: If a certain hadith is contrary to the well-established principles of the Qur'an or sound reason, it must be rejected (since, obviously, it cannot be authentic.)” 
And here lays the problem – a large number of Muslims believe as the Hadith teaches which does not conform to the common moderate Muslim belief. When you have radical clerics teaching the hardline precepts of the Hadith, and with a population as large as the Muslim population, even a small percentage equates to very large numbers of followers.
As I have shown above the battle with the hardline Muslim teachings is not new and the hard line precepts of the Hadith have been used for centuries. Slavery, taxation of non-believers, or fighting the non-believers is a duty for many Muslims.
With this history in mind, the stated purpose for the oppressive stateside security to protect us from these radical extremists. Each and every expansion of government intrusion into our freedoms have been in direct response to Islamic extremist attempts – all originating outside the United States – yet each draconian measure is instituted against the very same people they are purporting to protect. In essence they are protecting our freedoms and rights by limiting our freedoms and rights based on what others are attempting to do.
This of course has little if any impact on those trying to attack us as they are originating from outside the United States where these measures are not being enacted. We would have to assume that those purporting to be protecting us are not absolute morons and know this as well so we do thus we can only assume that their purpose is one of an alternative aim. Could it be the amassing of power that they would not otherwise have? After all they do not want to let a catastrophe go to waste! Could it be control over the very populace they have sworn an oath to protect? Or could it actually be that they are at such a loss as to what to do they control the only thing they can control so as to give the “appearance” they are doing something, while knowing all the while it will have little to no effect on actually stopping an attack?
The United States, and specifically the intelligence community, has been watching, funding, training, and arming those fighting radical Islam for decades. We have watched its growth, its leadership, the emergence of groups around the world. Nothing that has happened, including 9/11, was a complete surprise – only the timing of the attack took us off guard. They had succeeded in attacking the very same building in the past and we knew they would try again.
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We know, at this very moment, they are plotting to carry out additional attacks on American soil and our government officials have admitted as much. The only question is – what other restrictions on the rights and freedoms of the American people will our government enact after their next attempt? For our own protection of course!
© 2011 Michael LeMieux - All Rights Reserved
LeMieux was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1956 and graduated from
Weber State University in Utah with a degree in Computer Science. He
served in both the US Navy and US Army (Active duty and National Guard)
and trained in multiple intelligence disciplines and was a qualified
paratrooper. He served with the 19th Special Forces Group, while in
the National Guard, as a Special Forces tactical intelligence team member.
He served tours to Kuwait and Afghanistan where he received the Purple
Heart for injuries received in combat.
Mr. LeMieux left military duty at the end of 2005 after being medically discharged with over 19 years of combined military experience. He currently works as an intelligence contractor to the US government.
Michael is a strict constitutionalist who believes in interpreting the constitution by the original intent of the founding fathers. His research has led him to the conclusion that the republic founded by the Constitution is no longer honored by our government. That those who rule America today are doing so with the interest of the federal government in mind and not the Citizens. Michael believes that all three branches of government have strayed far from the checks and balances built into the Constitution and they have failed the American people. A clear example is the Second Amendment, which the Supreme Court and the founders have all said was an individual right and could not be "infringed" upon, now has more than 20,000 state and federal laws regulating every aspect of the individuals right, a definite infringement. He has traveled around the world living in 14 States of the Union including Hawaii, and visited (for various lengths of time) in Spain, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea, Scotland, Pakistan, Mauritius, Somalia, Diego Garcia, Australia, Philippines, England, Italy, Germany, and Puerto Rico.
Michael now lives in Nebraska with his wife, two of his three children, Mother-in-Law and grandchild. His hobbies include shooting, wood-working, writing, amateur inventor and scuba diving when he can find the time.
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