The Founders’ War on Terrorism

Here is a fascinating account of our nation’s first conflict with radical Islam: When the Founding Fathers Faced Islamists. When the Barbary states captured American ships and made slaves of American citizens, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson negotiated for their release. The pasha demanded a tribute of around $1 million, a tenth of the entire budget of the fledgling nation, but Adams and Jefferson continued to negotiate until the pasha informed them of this fact, described in Adams’ words:

“It was… written in the Koran, that all Nations who should not have acknowledged [the Muslims’] authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon wheoever they could find and to make Slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

When the Americans heard this, it was war–Stephen Decatur, the Marines on the shores of Tripoli, and America’s first splash on the world stage.

Rev. Wright takes the spotlight

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is taking advantage of his notoriety, speaking at an NAACP event, being on Bill Moyer’s PBS show, and now speaking at the National Press Club, no less. Guarded by Nation of Islam operatives and basking in the limelight, he is unrepentant, repeating his charges that America deserved the 9/11 attacks, that the US government engineered the HIV virus to commit genocide against black people, etc., etc. Now he’s also saying that Muslims are saved. See Liveblogging Wright at the National Press Club. Doesn’t Rev. Wright see how he is hurting the campaign of his parishioner, Barack Obama?

UPDATE: Here is a clue: It seems that Rev. Wright’s address at the National Press Club was arranged by Barbara Reynolds, an “enthusiastic” Clinton supporter!

ANOTHER UPDATE: But maybe not.

Mideastern Standard Time

Some Muslim scientists and scholars are calling for Greenwich Mean Time as the longitude by which the world’s clocks are set to be replaced by the time at the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

That the world uses the Greenwich observatory as 0 longitude and the starting point for the world’s clocks is condemned as a remnant of British colonialism (though it actually had to do with the pioneering navigation of the British navy). Mecca, according to Muslims, is said to be the true center of the world.

The linked story also says that a Muslim watch has been invented, which runs counter-clockwise and which helps Muslims at prayer find the direction of Mecca so that they can bow down in the right direction.

Right-wing Europeans

Europe’s right-wing scene–including its FAR right-wing scene–is undergoing some interesting changes and some new popularity. The anti-semite (that is, the anti-Jewish) parties are finding favor with Muslims! Other groups are building on the public’s unease with the Islamisation of their countries by appeals to traditional European culture. There are also some new anti-immigration, anti-Islamic parties grounded in libertarianism that are becoming more and more prominent. See this article, Islam and the Evolution of Europe’s Far Right.

Islam in our public schools

The separation of church and states, as it is currently construed, forbids public schools or other institutions getting taxpayer money from teaching Christianity, performing Christian rites, or conducting Christian prayers. That ruling, though, is not always being applied, though, when it comes to Islam in our public, tax-supported schools. An Islamic school in Minnesota is a charter school, meaning it receives taxpayer money. Various “multicultural” curricula involve role-playing that forces students to act Muslim, which, in Islamic terms, is unseparable from BEING Muslim. Read this and click its links: Sharia in the schools: Monitoring the American madrassa.

Notice how in many leftist circles multi-culturalism trumps everything, including other liberal concerns (feminism, secularism, gay rights).

Back to nuclear deterrence?

Charles Krauthammer observes that we have utterly failed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, as that country announces new centrifuge breakthroughs that are necessary for the production of an atomic bomb. Therefore, he says, we must go back to the cold war policy of deterrence. The prime target for an Iranian nuclear weapon, judging from what Iran’s president keeps saying, would be Israel. Krauthammer urges that the United States make this pledge, based upon what President Kennedy said to the Soviets if they attacked any of our allies:

“It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear attack upon Israel by Iran, or originating in Iran, as an attack by Iran on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon Iran.”

Are we up for that?