#5759455, By CitizenGeek Iraq: A War to be Proud Of?

  • CitizenGeek 27 Jan 2010 16:02:52 3,524 posts
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    squarejawhero wrote:
    Islam does come into it, yes, but there's no point whitewashing over the rest of the facts to blame the religion solely. That's gross, gross simplification. Islam is being used as the tool and is just part of the issue.

    Well look at the First Barbary War. When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with the Barbary States to get them to stop plundering and enslaving American ships and their crews, they found that "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." (Source)

    This suggests to me that Islamic extremism has existed for well over 200 years and it makes the case that the West should take any blame at all for it's existence even less compelling. Furthermore, it just shows that making so many excuses for Islamic extremism is unhelpful.
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