UK: Radical Muslims Welcome, Persecuted Christians Need Not Apply

UK: Radical Muslims Welcome, Persecuted Christians Need Not Apply

by Raymond Ibrahim
March 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

  • In rejecting the claim for asylum of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity, and presumably compelling his return to Iran, the British government is effectively sentencing him to death.
  • “[O]ut of 4,850 Syrian refugees accepted for resettlement by the Home Office in 2017, only eleven were Christian, representing just 0.2% of all Syrian refugees accepted by the UK.” — Barnabas Fund.
  • At the same time, the Home Office allowed a Pakistani cleric, Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri, considered so extreme that he is banned even from his native Pakistan, to come and lecture in UK mosques.
  • “It’s unbelievable that these persecuted Christians who come from the cradle of Christianity are being told there is no room at the inn, when the UK is offering a welcome to Islamists who persecute Christians…. There is a serious systemic problem when Islamist leaders who advocate persecution of Christians are given the green light telling them that their applications for UK visas will be looked on favourably, while visas for short pastoral visits to the UK are denied to Christian leaders whose churches are facing genocide. That is an urgent issue that Home Office ministers need to grasp and correct.” — Dr. Martin Parsons, Barnabas Fund.
In rejecting the claim for asylum of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity, and presumably compelling his return to Iran, the British government is effectively sentencing him to death. (Image source: iStock)

In two unrelated cases, the United Kingdom denied asylum to persecuted Christians by bizarrely citing the Bible and Jesus. Both Christians, a man and a woman, are former Muslims who were separately seeking asylum from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the ninth-worst persecutor of Christians — particularly of those who were Muslims and converted to Christianity.

UK asylum worker Nathan Stevens recently shared their stories. In his rejection letter from the UK’s Home Office, which is in charge of immigration, the Iranian man was told that biblical passages were “inconsistent” with his claim to have converted to Christianity after discovering it was a “peaceful” faith. The letter cited several biblical excerpts, including from Exodus, Leviticus, and Matthew, presumably to show that the Bible is violent; it said Revelation was “filled with imagery of revenge, destruction, death and violence.” The governmental letter then concluded:

“These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a ‘peaceful’ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge.”

In response, Nathan Stevens, the asylum seeker’s caseworker, tweeted:

“… I’ve seen a lot over the years, but even I was genuinely shocked to read this unbelievably offensive diatribe being used to justify a refusal of asylum.

Stevens added:

“Whatever your views on faith, how can a government official arbitrarily pick bits out of a holy book and then use them to trash someone’s heartfelt reason for coming to a personal decision to follow another faith?

There seemed no awareness that, despite occasional verses of violence in the Bible, its main message, in both the Old and New Testaments, is to be found in Leviticus 19:18: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

In rejecting the claim for asylum of this man who converted from Islam to Christianity, and presumably compelling his return to Iran, the British government is effectively sentencing him to death.

In the second case, an Iranian female asylum seeker was informed in her rejection letter:

“You affirmed in your AIR [Asylum Interview Record] that Jesus is your saviour, but then claimed that He would not be able to save you from the Iranian regime. It is therefore considered that you have no conviction in your faith and your belief in Jesus is half-hearted.”

Recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4, the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said:

“When I was in Iran I converted to Christianity and the situation changed and the government were [sic] looking for me and I had to flee from Iran…. In my country if someone converts to Christianity their punishment is death or execution.”

Concerning the asylum process, she said that whenever she responded to her Home Office interviewer, “he was either chuckling or maybe just kind of mocking when he was talking to me…. [H]e asked me why Jesus didn’t help you from the Iranian regime or Iranian authorities.”

These two recently exposed cases appear to be symptomatic not only of a breathtaking lack of logic that flies in the face of history — God obviously did not always save those who believed in Him — but also what increasing appears to be a venomous Home Office bias against Christians. For instance, when Sister Ban Madleen, a Christian nun in Iraq who had fled the Islamic State, applied to the Home Office to visit her sick sister in Britain, she was denied a visa — twice. Another report cites a number of other Christian orderlies who were denied visas, including another nun with a PhD in Biblical Theology from Oxford; a nun denied for not having a personal bank account, and a Catholic priest denied for not being married.

In another case, the Home Office not only denied entry to three heroic Christian leaders — archbishops celebrated for their efforts to aid persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq who had been invited to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Cathedral, an event attended by Prince Charles — but also mockingly told them there was “no room at the inn.”

Even longtime Christian residents are being deported. Earlier this year, Asher Samson, 41, a Christian man who had been residing in the UK for 15 years and undergoing theological studies, was deported back to Pakistan — where he had earlier been “beaten and threatened by Islamic extremists.” (Such treatment is normative for Christians in Pakistan, the world’s fifth-worst persecutor of Christians.) Samson’s former UK pastor said:

“I’ve received some messages from him. He’s very scared, he’s fearful for his life…. He’s in hiding in Pakistan and his family are terribly worried for him…. At the moment he has no funds to live on — he can’t work …. [T]he UK is sending people back to these countries where their lives are in danger.”

By contrast, a report from the Barnabas Fund found that in offering asylum, the UK “appears to discriminate in favour of Muslims” instead of Christians. Statistics confirm this allegation:

“Figures obtained by Barnabas Fund under a Freedom of Information request show that out of 4,850 Syrian refugees accepted for resettlement by the Home Office in 2017, only eleven were Christian, representing just 0.2% of all Syrian refugees accepted by the UK.”

Statistics from earlier years have shown the same disparity. Although Christians accounted for approximately 10% of Syria’s prewar population, the overwhelming majority of Syrians granted asylum by the Home Office were Sunni Muslims. Such an imbalance appears even more bizarre when one realizes that the Islamic State (ISIS) is itself a Sunni organization that targets non-Sunnis, primarily Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims, all minority groups that the U.S. government acknowledges have been targets of genocide.

As Lord David Alton of Liverpool, a life peer in the House of Lords, wrote to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who heads the Home Office:

“It is widely accepted that Christians, who constituted around 10 per cent of Syria’s pre-war population, were specifically targeted by jihadi rebels and continue to be at risk…. As last year’s statistics more than amply demonstrate, this [ratio imbalance between Muslim and Christian refugees taken in] is not a statistical blip. It shows a pattern of discrimination that the Government has a legal duty to take concrete steps to address.”

Considering that persecuted Christian minorities — including priests and nuns — are denied visas, one might conclude that perhaps the Home Office just has extremely stringent asylum requirements. This notion is quickly dispelled, however, when one sees that the Home Office regularly grants visas and refugee status to extremist Muslims. One has yet to hear about Muslim asylum seekers being denied visas because the Koran is too violent, or because they do “not have enough faith” in Muhammad.

Ahmed Hassan, despite having no papers — and despite telling the Home Office that “he had been trained as an ISIS soldier” — was still granted asylum two years before he launched a terrorist attack in a London train station that left 30 injured in September 2017.

The Home Office also allowed a foreign Muslim cleric, Hamza Sodagar, to enter and lecture in London, even though he advocates beheading, burning, or throwing homosexuals from cliffs.

In addition, according to another report, “British teenagers are being forced to marry abroad and are raped and impregnated while the Home Office ‘turns a blind eye’ by handing visas to their [mostly Muslim] husbands.”

The case of Asia Bibi — a Christian mother of five who has spent the last decade of her life on death row in Pakistan for challenging the authority of Muhammad— is perhaps emblematic of the immigration situation in the UK. After she was finally acquitted last November, Muslims rioted throughout Pakistan; in one march, more than 11,000 Muslims demanded her instant and public hanging.

As Pakistanis make up the majority of all Muslims in the UK — Sajid Javid the head of the Home Office is himself Pakistani — when they got wind that the UK might offer Asia Bibi asylum, they too rioted. As a result, Prime Minister Theresa May personally blocked Bibi’s asylum application — “despite UK playing host to [Muslim] hijackers, extremists and rapists,” one headline read. The UK, in other words, was openly allowing “asylum policy to be dictated to by a Pakistan mob,” reported the Guardian, “after it was confirmed it urged the Home Office not to grant Asia Bibi political asylum in the UK…”

At the same time, the Home Office allowed a Pakistani cleric, Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri, considered so extreme that he is banned even from his native Pakistan, to come and lecture in UK mosques. Qadri celebrated the slaughter of a politician because he had defended Asia Bibi.

In short, local Muslim opinion apparently plays a major role in the UK’s immigration policy: radical Muslims are welcomed with open arms; Christian “infidels” need not apply.

Commenting on the difficulties Christian minority asylum seekers have with the Home Office, Dr. Martin Parsons, the head of research at the Barnabas Fund, remarking that “visas were granted in July to two Pakistani Islamic leaders who have called for the killing of Christians accused of blasphemy,” summarized the situation:

“It’s unbelievable that these persecuted Christians who come from the cradle of Christianity are being told there is no room at the inn, when the UK is offering a welcome to Islamists who persecute Christians…. There is a serious systemic problem when Islamist leaders who advocate persecution of Christians are given the green light telling them that their applications for UK visas will be looked on favourably, while visas for short pastoral visits to the UK are denied to Christian leaders whose churches are facing genocide. That is an urgent issue that Home Office ministers need to grasp and correct.”

Raymond Ibrahim, author of the new book, Sword and Scimitar, Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute and a Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Nigeria: Muslims burn four churches and 28 homes, rape and murder Christian woman in raids on Christian villages

Nigeria: Muslims burn four churches and 28 homes, rape and murder Christian woman in raids on Christian villages


In New Zealand, a man just got fired for calling Islam “violent and destructive.” No notice is taken in such cases of incidents such as this one, as common as they are.

“Christian Woman Raped, Killed as Herdsmen Attack Two Villages in Nigeria,” Morning Star News, March 28, 2019:

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked two predominantly Christian villages in north-central Nigeria after beating, raping and killing a 19-year-old Christian woman in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday (March 23), her father said.

Danlami Mante told Morning Star News that armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen ambushed Joy Danlami and her two younger siblings as they were returning to Mante village, Nasarawa state, at about 2 a.m. after the Christians attended a community feast in Katanza village, Akwanga County. His younger daughter, 16-year-old Patience Danlami, and 14-year-old son, Aboy Danlami, escaped with gunshot and machete wounds, he said.

“The armed herdsmen chased them with dangerous weapons,” Mante told Morning Star News. “Joy’s nose and face was battered, and then she was sexually assaulted by the herdsmen before being killed. She was shot.”

After the ambush, the herdsmen proceeded to the family’s native Mante village, where they burned down 17 houses, he said. They then rampaged through Nidan village, burning another 11 homes. They also burned two Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) buildings and two belonging to the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC) in the two villages, Mante said. His family belongs to the local ERCC congregation.

Hundreds of Christians displaced in the attacks have taken refuge in Akwanga town….

Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.

Why Are We Surprised When A Muslim Congresswoman Adheres to Sharia and Hates Jews?

Why Are We Surprised When A Muslim Congresswoman Adheres to Sharia and Hates Jews?


On Monday February 11th, sharia-adherent Congresswoman Ilhan Omar publicly acknowledged her anti-Semitic comments, but stood by her criticisms of Israel.

The real question is: “Why is anyone surprised a sharia-adherent muslim hates Jews?”

The Koran, which according to Islam contains the uncreated words of Islam’s god Allah, reveals a systemic hatred for Jews.

“For them (Jews) in this world is disgrace, and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment” (5:41)

The most authoritative report about what Islam’s prophet Mohammad said records:  “The Prophet said, ‘The hour of judgment will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.’” (Bukhari 2926)

The Koran commands muslims not to take Jews and Christians as friends, and muslims who do will go to hell (Koran 5:51).

In the Koran, Allah turns the Jews into apes and pigs (Koran 2:63-66; 5:59-60; 7:166).

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (MN Democrat) who took over Keith Ellison’s House seat, swore her Oath of Office on the Koran.
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (MI Democrat) swore her Oath of Office on the Koran.
U.S. Representative Andre Carson (IN Democrat) swears his Oath of Office on the Koran
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (MN Democrat), now the MN Attorney General, swore his Oath of Office on the Koran

As a Special Agent in the FBI and the creator of the first Counterterrorism Training program in the government detailing the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, sharia, and the broader Islamic networks, UTT President John Guandolo recalls:

“In the Counterterrorism division of the FBI, we discovered the deeper a muslim went in his/her study of Islam and sharia, the more likely they were to support and participate in violent actions and have a hatred towards Jews.”

A 2015 survey from the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy came to the same conclusion.

On January 10, 2019, the three (3) muslim Members of Congress – Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Andre Carson – all attended and participated in festivities hosted by the terrorist group Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

See the full video produced by Hamas (CAIR) here.

U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN Democrat) speaks at Hamas event held January 10, 2019 at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI Democrat) speaks at Hamas event held January 10, 2019 at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
U.S. Congressman Andre Carson (IN Democrat), seen standing with U.S. Hamas Leader Nihad Awad, speaks at Hamas event held January 10, 2019 at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

See CAIR is Hamas at UTT’s website for some of the evidence detailing CAIR’s creation by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee which is Hamas in the United States.

(L to R) U.S. Hamas Leader Nihad Awad, USCMO Board Member Mazen Mokhtar, USCMO Board Member Khalil Meek, U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (now MN AG), U.S. Congressman Andre Carson, USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal, ICNA President Naim Baig, USCMO Board Member Delwar Hossain, USCMO Treasurer Warith Deen Mohammad Jr.
(Note: USCMO is a conglomerate of jihadi/Muslim Brotherhood oranizations. ICNA works as a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s jihadi operations in America)

Today in Congress we have three (3) muslim Members of Congress who: overtly support the Koran over the Constitution, are working with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders to undermine liberty and America’s Constitutional Republic, and are violating their Oaths of Office by failing to “protect and defend” the Constitution while participating in actions that can only be described as seditious.

In an America with a functioning counterintelligence apparatus and Department of Justice, these three Members of Congress would be facing federal charges. But the establishment Republicans, as well as Democrat leaders are giving them a pass.

This is a good reminder for readers waiting for Congress to “do the right thing” – this war will be won locally in your county and city. Get it done there because the federal leadership appears unwilling to do their duty and their jobs.JGAl AzharAl QaedaAllahApostasyCAIRCivilization JihadCongressCounterintelligencedeceptionDepartment of DefenseDepartment of Homeland SecurityDesignated TerroristDHS SecretaryDonald TrumpEspionageHamasHillary ClintonInformation WarfareInternational Muslim BrotherhoodISILISISIslamIslam-USAIslamic Center of MinnesotaIslamic JurisprudenceIslamic LawIslamismISNAjihadJihadi AttacksJohn GuandoloLaw EnforcementLittle MogadishuMinneapolisMinnesotamohammadMosqueMuslimMuslim AdvocatesMuslim AttacksMuslim BrotherhoodNAITRadical IslamRaising a Jihadi GenerationSaudi ArabiaSecretary of StateshariaSPLCState Sponsors of TerrorismStealth JihadTerrorismTreasonU.S. Attorney’s OfficeUS Muslim BrotherhoodUS Palestine CommitteeUSA v Holy Land FoundationUTTallahAmericaAndre CarsonbukhariCAIRcaliphateCouncil on American Islamic RelationsCounterterrorismDelwar HossainDemocratDepartment of JusticeDonald TrumpFBIfreedomHamasHyatt Crystal CityICNAIlhan OmarIndianaInstitute for the Study of Global AntisemitismIslamic Circle of North Americaislamic lawislamic StateJewJewishjihadJohn GuandoloKeith EllisonKhalil MeekkoranlibertyMazen MokhtarMichiganMinnesotaMuslim BrotherhoodNaim BaigNihad AwadOath of OfficeOussama JammalQuranRashida TlaibRepublicanSeditionshariaterrorismTerroristTreasonVictoryWarith Deen Mohammad II

Muslim cleric: “Allah has ordered Muslims to take up weapons and has ordered the use of weapons against unbelievers”

Muslim cleric: “Allah has ordered Muslims to take up weapons and has ordered the use of weapons against unbelievers”


In the West, we’re constantly told that only greasy Islamophobes believe that Allah has issued any such order. Has Khabeebur Rehman Qazi been listening to greasy Islamophobes? How is it that he came to misunderstand his peaceful religion so drastically? Will Pope Francis fly to Pakistan to explain to him how “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran reject any form of violence”?

“Pakistani Cleric Khabeebur Rehman Qazi Says: ‘Allah Has Ordered Muslims To Take Up Weapons And Has Ordered The Use Of Weapons Against Unbelievers,’” MEMRI, March 12, 2019 (thanks to the Geller Report):

Maulana Mufti Khabeebur Rehman Qazi, preacher in the Department of Preaching of Pakistani jihadi organization Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), addressed a series of religious gatherings in the city of Sahiwal in Pakistan’s Punjab province….

“Allah has ordered Muslims to take up weapons and has ordered the use of weapons against unbelievers. However, only that Muslim whose heart has the strength of faith can raise a weapon against an unbeliever,” he said, adding: “The sword is raised due to the strength of faith.”

Qazi said: “Our Prophet [Muhammad] has taught us that the sword should be raised against kafirs, for the defense of Muslims, for the defense of our religion, and for the enforcement of the religion of Islam on this earth. All praise be to Allah, the mujahideen are fully performing this duty.”

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Massacre in Mali: How the ‘war on terror’ fuels tribal violence in the Sahel

Massacre in Mali: How the ‘war on terror’ fuels tribal violence in the Sahel

Amandla Thomas-Johnson28 March 2019 15:02 UTC | Last update: 5 hours 38 min ago    193On Saturday, an attack on a Fulani village left over 160 dead and shone a light on a serious and ongoing crisis in the region

A 10-days-old baby killed with its mother. People thrown into a ditch of burning oil before being fired upon. A village chief captured and summarily executed in front of his own mother.

Hamadoun Dicko, a Fulani leader from Mali, is speaking to Middle East Eye about the latest devastating attack on members of his ethnic group.  

On Saturday, 160 people were massacred in the village of Ogossagou, in the Mopti region of central Mali. An armed militia of men belonging to the Dogon ethnic group came to inflict their terrible toll, razing huts and leaving behind the charred remains of Fulani women and children.

‘There is a genocide taking place against the Fulani community in Mali’

– Hamadoun Dicko, Fulani leader from Mali

Dicko told MEE that he had lost nine members of his family at the hands of the Dan Na Ambassagou militant group, and that he is now unable to return to his village for fear of death.

The attacks, UN rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said, were “horrific”. 

Dicko and fellow Fulani leaders in Mali say this massacre is part of a “genocide” being waged against their community, which numbers almost three million in the African state.

It is the latest in a cycle of violence that has beset the region in recent years, increasingly focused on Fulanis, who are targeted partly because they are seen as being tied to militant groups operating in the region.

“Fulanis could be massacred everywhere in Mali,” Dicko, a spokesperson for the Mali chapter of Tabitaal Pulaaku, which represents Fulanis across the world, said. 

“There is a genocide taking place against the Fulani community in Mali. The Malian nation is in danger and there is a strong probability that Fulanis could be massacred everywhere. They are no longer in security.”

The violence comes as Mali’s internationally backed military campaign against militant groups increasingly becomes a war on the Fulani, according to analysts.

The seriousness of the situation is underscored by a perfect storm of al-Qaeda linked groups vying for influence, army-backed militia with tribal scores to settle, and by a desperate struggle for water and land amid a looming climate catastrophe.

Tribes of the Sahel

There are some 40 million Fulani living across Africa, mainly in the Sahel, a semi-arid landscape that runs from East to West Africa – from the Red Sea to the Atlantic – and which lies at the southern edge of the Sahara desert.

While some occupy positions of power and privilege, many are poor and retain an age-old pastoralist tradition, roving with herds of horned cattle in search of fresh pasture and clean water.

The Dogon, a much smaller group, are concentrated in central Mali, where their elaborate mud homes can be seen perched high on a landscape of cliffs and sandy plateaux.

Fulani are overwhelmingly Muslim, while the Dogon mostly adhere to traditional belief systems, with a significant minority also practising Islam.

In recent years, Dogons have formed armed militias, made up of bands of traditional hunters called Dozo, to protect themselves from attacks by al-Qaeda-linked militants, which have attracted Fulanis in large numbers.

According to Ibrahim Yahaya from the International Crisis Group, Dogons now perceive Fulanis as “being in bed with the jihadists” and have attacked their villages indiscriminately.

A woman stands outside a house at the site of an attack by gunmen on Fulani herders in Ogossagou, Mali (Malian Presidency handout)

“The fact that these groups have recruited more Fulani than everyone else have given them a Fulani identity,” Ibrahim said.

“Sometimes the jihadists attack individuals who are Dogon and the Dogons reply by attacking Fulani villages.”

While there have historically been tensions between herders, generally from the Fulani tribe, and Dogon farmers, violence has been rare. The situation has taken a marked turn with the ascendancy in 2015 of militants inspired by jihadist ideology in the region.

Among these groups is the Macina Liberation Front (MLF), led by Amadou Koufa, a local Fulani preacher who has travelled to the Middle East and Afghanistan, and who emerged unscathed earlier this month after reportedly being killed by French forces last year.

The MLF takes its name from the Macina Empire, anchored in central Mali, one of several Fulani Jihad states to dominate West Africa in the 19th century.

Responsible for attacks on government and army positions as well as on civilians from across the ethnic divide, the MLF seeks to overthrow the Malian state and establish rule according to an extreme interpretation of Islamic law.

It fights under the banner of Nusrat al-Islam, the official branch of al-Qaeda in Mali, which brings together several like-minded militant groups operating in West Africa and the Maghreb.

Groups linked to the Islamic State group are also known to operate in the region. 

‘They tap into grievances’

Religious rhetoric featured little in MLF’s initial call to arms, broadcast via radio, often in the Fulani language, to remote communities.

Instead, Koufa tapped into the long-held grievances of local populations, many of whom were poor Fulani herders who felt marginalised by a government they saw as corrupt and exploitative.

“They tap into grievances to make their case that the government is corrupt, that communities are marginalised,” said Ibrahim. “Once they capture people this way they then move onto the religious side.”

A link between sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world, Mali has long served as a crossroads of culture and trade. Ancient gold deposits have given rise to vast kingdoms. Timbuktu was once a great city of Islamic learning.

Major settlements, including Bamako and Segou, straddle the banks of the Niger, the principal river of West Africa, which cuts a crescent-like course through the landlocked country, providing a lifeline for millions.

Once a land of fabled riches, the country now ranks among the poorest in the world, coming in at 183 out of 187 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index.

Living conditions in central Mali lag well behind national averages, fuelling grievances. The poverty rate there is estimated at around 60 percent, compared to 11 percent in the capital Bamako.

Mali map

In response to the Mopti attack, the Malian government has fired military top brass and disbanded the Dan Na Ambassagou, a collection of Dogon self-defence groups made up of traditional hunters, which has been blamed for the attack.

These groups began to appear in 2016, as Dogons began to organise themselves in response to MLF attacks.

“Some Dogons became very weary of the Fulani and some militias started appearing asking for eviction of Fulanis from the whole region,” said Dougoukolo Alpha Oumar Ba-Konare, a Paris-based analyst and teacher of Fulani societies at the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations.

Tit-for-tat attacks left scores dead.

Two alleged Fulani militants killed two men suspected of being informants for the Malian armed forces in 2016. Retaliatory attacks left 30 people dead on both sides.

In 2017, alleged Fulani armed assailants killed a prominent member of a Dogon hunting society, sparking retaliatory attacks by armed Dogons against Fulani villages. Thirty-five were left dead, forcing the evacuation of several thousand civilians.

‘There were pregnant women and elders killed and they cut some people’s throats and they burned alive others’

– Dougoukolo Alpha Oumar Ba-Konare, Fulani analyst

In 2018, the violence escalated. Human Rights Watch documented 42 incidents of communal violence in Mopti last year. A total of 202 civilians were killed, with 156 of them Fulani.

Villages burnt to the ground, the cutting of hands, feet and reproductive organs have become part of a cycle of gratuitous violence which culminated in last weekend’s attack, described by Ba-Konare as “the biggest and most nefarious”.

“There were pregnant women and elders killed and they cut some people’s throats and they burned alive others. It’s heart-rending, you can see people being set in stone because of the way they were burnt. They burnt all the animals in that village.”

On Friday, a Mali-based al-Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility for a recent attack on a military base that left more than 20 soldiers dead.

The militants said it was revenge for attacks against Fulani herders.

One Ogossagou resident told the Reuters news agency that Saturday’s violence appeared to be in retaliation for the attack on the soldiers.

And so it goes on.

Heavy arms

Ba-Konare says that violence has been fuelled by a glut of arms Dogon militia groups have been receiving from their tribal kin in neighbouring Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

“They possess heavy arms, rocket launchers, grenades, bulletproof vests. It’s different from the warfare technology you can find in the region for the past two years,” he said.

The country as a whole has become increasingly militarised as international actors establish themselves, seeking to stem the flow of migrants to Europe, amid growing fears over militant attacks.

The United Nations retains about 15,000 UN peacekeepers in Mali, which ranks as its most dangerous peacekeeping mission. The country hosts two European Union peacekeeping missions which provide military training to Malian forces.

UN in Mali
A UN peacekeeper in Gao, eastern Mali, in 2018. The Mali mission is considered the UN’s most dangerous (AFP)

The G5 Sahel – a partnership between Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger – launched a Joint Force in 2017 to “combat violent extremism.”

General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of US forces in Africa, has described the G5 as “African-led, French-assisted, and US-supported”.

The French also have 3,000 troops spread throughout the G5 countries, its former colonies, as part of Operation Barkhane, a counter-insurgency operation.

Covert American drones

Armed American drones, based at a sprawling base in Niger, are expected to take to the skies above the Sahel shortly, part of a covert US war being waged against suspected militants across the continent.

The regional troop surge comes amid fierce competition for raw materials – among them gold and uranium – attracting interest from the likes of Russia and China.

Yet these missions are often “heavily security focused” and fail to deal with the root causes of violence, according to Nadia Ahidjo from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), a project funded by Hungarian-American investor George Soros.

‘It’s a military response to a problem that is not a military problem’

– Nadia Ahidjo, Open Society Initiative for West Africa

“Many of these groups are actually set up to combat terrorism and so they do not see community conflict or social cohesion as an issue that they should target.”

“You find that their mission is heavily security focused. It’s a military response to a problem that is not a military problem.”

Ba-Konare points out that counter-terrorism forces have a mandate to only track down “jihadist terrorist groups”, allowing ethnic-based militias to act with impunity against the Fulani.

“In my opinion the militias are also terrorists, the way they fight and bring fear, they qualify as a terrorist group, but no one is treating them as such.”

Rights groups have implicated the Malian army in a string of human rights abuses, including, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture, as they go after alleged militants.

According to Ibrahim, the army has conducted counter-terrorism operations alongside the Dan Na Ambassagou, turning a blind eye and sometimes collaborating with their attacks on Fulani communities.

This has served to reinforce Fulani grievances and the anti-government arguments of Jihad-inspired militants who seek to recruit them, according to Ibrahim.

“The violence of the Malian army has reinforced the jihadist position that they are the ones protecting the Fulani.”

Ba-Konare said that the Malian army had arrested hundreds of innocent people and have committed extrajudicial killing as they seek to burnish their credentials as part of a “war on terror”.

“In the name of the war on terror they’re trying to show an image of themselves of being really strong,” he said.

“So you have an environment where anything can be justified in the name of the war on terror when in fact the militias have killed more people than the jihadists have, many more people”.

UN a ‘witness to massacres’

The United Nations reacted quickly to the attacks: UNICEF provided medicine and first aid supplies; the refugee agency UNHCR handed out “dignity kits”; beds and water sanitation items were offered by the World Food Programme. A team of the UN’s own police force were sent to investigate the attack.

This ample response is reflective of the UN’s vast footprint across Mali, which includes one of its largest peacekeeping forces anywhere.

Yet Malian human rights groups say it is failing to protect civilians.

‘International forces are failing in their primary mission, which is to protect civilian populations’

– Drissa Traore, National Coordinator of the Malian Association for Human Rights

“They are helplessly witnessing all these massacres,” said Drissa Traore, national coordinator of the Malian Association for Human Rights, a group which documents abuses. “International forces are failing in their primary mission, which is to protect civilian populations,” he added.

Hamadoun Dicko, who described the attack on Ogossagou, said that Fulanis have been trying to raise the issue of inter-communal violence only to be told by the UN that they do not have the mandate to act. “We don’t know why the UN is here because they are doing nothing and state that they have not got an order to act,” Dicko said.

“It is strange to see how numerous they are here without any reaction,” he added. “They are not taking our problem seriously enough.”

Abou Dieng, officer-in charge at the Office of the United Nations Special Adviser for the Sahel, told Middle East Eye that the root causes of the situation needed to be addressed.

“Yes, there are some groups which are very violent, but we need to address the root cause of this crisis, and that has to do with economic activities, it has to do with access to food and water and access to education.”

His office is tasked with implementing the United Nations Support Plan for the Sahel, tackling climate change, cross-border cooperation and empowering young people and women to achieve “shared prosperity and lasting peace” in the region.

He was not able to comment on concerns about UN peacekeeping operations, which is dealt with by a different department.

Scarcity of resources owing to climate change is an underlying factor in the conflict, he said. “Climate change has affected this part of the world, this is why the Sahel is prone to food insecurity. Now there is tension on the scarcity of resources,” he said.

Herders and farmers

Dieng said that conflict between herders and settled farmers is a feature of the region. “There is huge tension in the Sahel between the two groups,” he said.

As resources dwindle, Mali continues to experience exponential population growth. The country’s population has more than doubled to 18.5 million in the last 30 years and today almost 50 percent of Malians are under the age of 15.

Droughts, increasing in frequency and intensity, have devastated the country in recent decades, killing thousands of people and millions of cattle.

Fulani herders
A livestock market in Mali – many Fulani are herders (Wikicommons)

This has been source of grave conflict in a country where almost 60 percent of people live in rural areas.

Fulani herders have been caught up in the competition for grazing spots and clean water, explains Nadia Ahidjo.

“Fulanis take their cattle from one end to the other based on grazing routes, and with climate change you have more and more arid areas,” she said.

Added to this are disputes between settled farmers and herders, and conflicting narratives over land ownership and disputes which refer back to land arrangements made centuries ago between groups.

Separatist Tuareg

A rebellion by Tuareg separatists in 2012 inflamed ethnic tensions, driving Fulani herders into the hands of militants.

A nomadic people inhabiting the Sahara, Tuareg political leaders had long sought their own homeland free from marginalisation in Mali and neighbouring countries.

The Western-backed removal of Libya’s Muammar Gadafi in 2011 was a turning point. With his demise Tuareg who had fought on his side as mercenaries returned home across the Sahara, bringing with them heavy weapons looted from Libya’s armouries.

A year later, Tuareg separatists declared war against the Malian government, setting their sights on attaining independence for the northern region of Mali, known as Azawad.

The Malian government was promptly overthrown by mutinying soldiers vexed at its sluggish response.

Ansar Dine, a Jihadist-inspired group, began to wage war against the authorities, allying with the Tuareg-led separatists for a few months before both groups turned their guns on each other.

Ibrahim says that Fulani herders living in central regions adjoining the north now began to feel ill at ease by an emboldened Tuareg.

“They became vulnerable to acts by the separatist Tuareg who came to plunder their villages and steal their cows.”

Seeking training and arms to protect their villages and cattles, some Fulani herders joined jihadist-inspired groups, like Ansar Dine, which was mainly made up of Arabs and Tuareg, and did battle against government forces and separatist Tuareg, sometimes committing atrocities.

Troops from central Mali and other regions rushed North to quash the rebellion, leaving a power vacuum in their wake.

‘People started killing each other’

A turning point for central Mali came in 2012, according to Ba-Konaré, when “pent up hatred” over a failing government, marauding rebel groups and an absent army finally boiled over into inter-communal violence.

Malian forces were able to regain a foothold in the country thanks to a French-led intervention in 2013 that saw rebels – both separatist Tuareg and jihadist inspired – expelled from their northern strongholds.

Separatists vanished into the Sahara’s desert sands, beyond the reach of state forces, explains Ibrahim. But when Fulanis returned to their villages in central Mali, a vengeful army followed in hot pursuit.

“When the Malian army started to go back to regain control of territories they had lost to the jihadists they persecuted those Fulanis who had joined those jihadist groups,“ Ibrahim said.

French soldier
A French soldier from the Barkhane mission in Africa’s Sahel region points his gun from a helicopter on 21 March, 2019 (AFP)

“The Fulani had initally joined the jihadists because they wanted to protect their communities. But the government considered them as jihadists.”

Anxious for protection once again, some Fulanis in central Mali now flocked to jihad-inspired militants, giving rise to groups like the Masina Liberation Front. 

Peace agreements signed in 2015 now brought former Tuareg separatists in from the cold and onto the side of the state, legitimising them as allies in the war against terror.

As part of its counter-terrorism mission Operation Barkhane, France turned to these legitimised separatists to identify targets in missions along an increasingly restive Mali-Niger border.

”Historically you have animosity between Tuareg and Fulani groups. When the French came they aligned themselves with Tuaregs to fight Fulanis. The Tuareg have taken advantage of this position to commit violence against their historical rivals,” Ibrahim said.

Warnings and echoes

The Fulani leadership in Mali now fear their suffering has become normalised in the face of a powerful alliance of well-equipped militia and government forces, backed by international actors, united in the name of fighting terror, but in reality fighting against them.

Fary Silate, a veteran academic and president of the Senegal chapter of Tabital pulaku, which fosters solidarity between Fulani communities, has warned in a voice note message posted in a WhatsApp group, that the Rwandan genocide and clan conflicts in Somalia provide telling example of where inter-ethnic violence can lead. 

“It is dangerous to point out an ethnicity as a terrorist one,” he said. “Rwanda and Somalia are examples that can show how these kinds of conflicts are dangerous.”

Hamadoun Dicko says that Dan Na Ambassagou leaders move freely through the country and appear on television.

“If someone was not supporting them they would not disappear and reappear as they want and when they want,” he told MEE. Dicko has asked for accountability for the attacks and has called on the international community for support.

“All that we want is justice,” he said. “The international community must know that the Fulani community is not safe.”

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UTT is Taking the Fight to the Enemy

Because of the nature of the war being waged by the Islamic & Marxist Counter-States, Understanding the Threat (UTT) firmly believes this war will be won at the local level by citizens who understand the threat and understand the strategy to defeat the threat.

UTT is the only organization in America empowering: (1) Police with investigative strategies to proactively identify jihadis, map out local jihadi networks, and take these networks down using the full force of the law; (2) Citizens with tools to map out the jihadi networks in their communities, and actions to take to engage local leaders in order to render the jihadis and their network ineffective; and (3) State/local leaders with strategies to dismantle the Islamic & Marxist Counter-States.

Since 9/11/01, the federal government and the U.S. security apparatus has failed to fulfill its most basic duty – to secure the safety and liberties of the American people. Because the civil government and U.S. military leaders failed to identify the enemy based on U.S. war-fighting doctrine, the enemy’s strategy is succeeding.

Here are a few examples of the federal government’s catastrophic failure as a result of its refusal to know the enemy:

  1.  The United States lost the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq despite the fact our military boldly crushed Al Qaeda and other jihadi groups on the battlefield.
  2. In 2005, the U.S. Department of State wrote the constitutions for Iraq & Afghanistan creating Islamic States under sharia, thus achieving Al Qaeda’s stated goals there.
  3. Out of the four (4) leaders in the world keeping the Muslim Brotherhood and sunni jihadi organizations at bay – (Iraq – Saddam Hussein; Libya – Muammar Gaddafi; Egypt – Hosni Mubarak; Syria – Bashar al Assad) – the United States killed two (Hussein and Gaddafi), worked with the Muslim Brotherhood to remove one from power (Mubarak), and is working to remove another one right now (Assad). The Muslim Brotherhood calls this “civilization jihad” by OUR hands. They get our leaders to do their bidding for them.
  4. U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are focused solely on violent actions by “extremists” while our enemy unequivocally identifies itself as “muslims waging jihadi to establish an Islamic State under sharia,” and operates primarily in the non-violentwarfare realm.
  5. The man who was the senior Islamic advisor to President Clinton and in the White House more than any other muslim during the Clinton administration, created the Muslim Chaplain Program for the Department of Defense, and was a “Goodwill Ambassador” for the U.S. Department of State (Abdurahman Alamoudi), turned out to be a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and financier for Al Qaeda who was involved in a plot with Al Qaeda operatives to kill Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah who became the Saudi King. Alamoudi is in federal prison.
  6. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s internal documents identify the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) as a “member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood” and a “nucleus” for the Islamic Movement which directly funds the designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Hamas. ISNA’s former President Mohamed Magid: (1) served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Committee and held a secret clearance; (2) was given an award by the Special Agent in Charge for Counterterrorism and the Assistant Director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office in 2005; (3) worked closely with President Obama’s administration; (4) was given the FBI Director’s Award in 2016 by FBI Director James Comey; and was publicly praised at Magid’s mosque by the Deputy National Security Advisor the President Denis McDonough.

After being recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense at the end of 2008, UTT President John Guandolo briefed: numerous members of Congress – including the Chairmen of the Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Judiciary committees; several three and four star generals/admirals; former Directors of the FBI, CIA, and DIA as well as one former National Security Advisor; and a number of other government officials.  None of these people were aware of the information presented at the time they were briefed.

In fact, a letter signed by a former CIA Director, former DIA Director, Inspector General for the Department of Defense, and the former Deputy Under Secretary for Defense reads, in part:

“We want to strongly encourage you to host a National Security Presentation by Understanding the Threat (UTT), including the 3-day “Understanding and Investigating the Jihadi Threat” program. While all four of us were in senior positions in the U.S. Intelligence Community and should have been aware of this information – we were not. We first heard this critical information from the primary presenter. The information is of utmost importance to the security of the United States, is critical to formulating National Security Strategies, and is vitally important to local and state law enforcement and intelligence professionals. The primary presenter, John Guandolo is a national treasure. He is courageously crisscrossing America sounding the alarm about the realities of the most significant threat to the nation today…Every citizen in this country should hear what he has to say. The facts he presents speak for themselves and require no commentary. For local and state law enforcement and intelligence officials, this information is critical to identifying, understanding, and thwarting threats in your locale. UTT gives specific details on how to practically implement this information in your area, which directly affects your community and your families.”

The full letter can be read here.

These leaders recommend Understanding the Threat (UTT) because UTT has a proven record of success. Here are just a few examples:

  1. UTT’s President John Guandolo worked with Senator Jeff Sessions prior to the 2016 election and provided Mr. Sessions information identifying a man working inside Mr. Trump’s campaign as a jihadi. Because of this information and UTT’s efforts, that jihadi was removed from the Trump camp, and a second jihadi was prevented from getting in.
  2. Attendees of UTT training programs – including FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agents/officers – report to UTT at the end of training courses they (1) were NOT aware of the information prior to the program, yet (2) the information is “critical” for protecting their communities.
  3. According to prosecutors and law enforcement officials in Arizona and Louisiana, two cases involving jihadis were initiated and prosecuted as a direct result of UTT’s training and consultation in the last two months (mid-January to mid-March 2019). Additionally, UTT’s training/consulting are responsible for an Al Qaeda operative being located, the prevention of new jihadi organizations being established, and a greater awareness of the Islamic threat throughout the United States.

How is UTT’s success possible?

By knowing the doctrine driving the enemy – sharia (Islamic Law) – and by understanding the Islamic network in the United States, their modus operandi, how they communicate their intentions, and how they interact with their Marxist collaborators, professionals can conduct predictive analysis and understand real-world events in ways nobody else can.

It is like watching a 3-D movie without the glasses, and then having UTT hand you a pair of glasses.

UTT educates many Americans and shares this critical information through many avenues. UTT publishes two (2) articles a week, provides a significant amount of free resources on our Research & Resources page of our website, produces a weekly 30-minute radio show, produces a high-quality TV show aired at, has 6 DVD’s related to this threat available at the UTT online store, the book Raising a Jihadi Generation, and an upcoming book It’s All About Sharia.

However, nefarious efforts by organizations inside the Marxist Counter-State impact UTT’s ability to continue its investigations and operations. These hostile groups include the traditional media, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the ACLU, Hamas terrorists doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and others.

In August 2014, 75 jihadi and Marxist organizations sent a letter to President Obama’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, Lisa Monaco, calling for the administration to silence UTT President John Guandolo and shut down UTT’s training programs.

The enemy knows how effective UTT is.

UTT is also the target of lawsuits meant to drain UTT of its precious resources. 

Members of Understanding the Threat’s team and their families are regularly threatened with physical violence in hopes UTT will, out of fear, stop speaking truth and defending liberty. We will not.


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America’s 233-Year-Old Shock at Jihad

America’s 233-Year-Old Shock at Jihad

By Raymond Ibrahim

Exactly 233 years ago this week, two of America’s founding fathers documented their first exposure to Islamic jihad in a letter to Congress; like many Americans today, they too were shocked at what they learned. 

Context: in 1785, Muslim pirates from North Africa, or “Barbary,” had captured two American ships, the Maria and Dauphin, and enslaved their crews. In an effort to ransom the enslaved Americans and establish peaceful relations, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams — then ambassadors to France and England respectively — met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain, Abdul Rahman Adja. Following this diplomatic exchange, they laid out the source of the Barbary States’ hitherto inexplicable animosity to American vessels in a letter to Congress dated March 28, 1786:

We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their [Barbary’s] pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. The ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged 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 Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise

One need not conjecture what the American ambassadors — who years earlier had asserted that all men were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” — thought of their Muslim counterpart’s answer.  Suffice to say, because the ransom demanded was over fifteen times greater than what Congress had approved, little came of the meeting.

It should be noted that centuries before setting their sights on American vessels, the Barbary States of Muslim North Africa — specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis — had been thriving on the slave trade of Christians abducted from virtually every corner of coastal Europe — including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland.  These raids were so successful that, “between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast,” to quote American historian Robert Davis.

The treatment of these European slaves was exacerbated by the fact that they were Christian “infidels.”  As Robert Playfair (b.1828), who served for years as a consul in Barbary, explained, “In almost every case they [European slaves] were hated on account of their religion.”  Three centuries earlier, John Foxe had written in his Book of Martyrs that, “In no part of the globe are Christians so hated, or treated with such severity, as at Algiers.”

The punishments these European slaves received for real or imagined offenses beggared description: “If they speak against Mahomet [blasphemy], they must become Mahometans, or be impaled alive. If they profess Christianity again, after having changed to the Mahometan persuasion, they are roasted alive [as apostates], or thrown from the city walls, and caught upon large sharp hooks, on which they hang till they expire.”

As such, when Captain O’Brien of the Dauphin wrote to Jefferson saying that “our sufferings are beyond our expression or your conception,” he was clearly not exaggerating.

After Barbary’s ability to abduct coastal Europeans had waned in the mid-eighteenth century, its energy was spent on raiding infidel merchant vessels. Instead of responding by collectively confronting and neutralizing Barbary, European powers, always busy quarrelling among themselves, opted to buy peace through tribute (or, according to Muslim rationale, jizya). 

Fresh meat appeared on the horizon once the newly-born United States broke free of Great Britain (and was therefore no longer protected by the latter’s jizya payments).

Some American congressmen agreed with Jefferson that “it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them” — including General George Washington: “In such an enlightened, in such a liberal age, how is it possible that the great maritime powers of Europe should submit to pay an annual tribute to the little piratical States of Barbary?” he wrote to a friend. “Would to Heaven we had a navy able to reform those enemies to mankind, or crush them into nonexistence.”  

But the majority of Congress agreed with John Adams: “We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever.” Considering the perpetual, existential nature of Islamic hostility, Adams may have been more right than he knew.

Congress settled on emulating the Europeans and paying off the terrorists, though it would take years to raise the demanded ransom.

When Muslim pirates from Algiers captured eleven more American merchant vessels in 1794, the Naval Act was passed and a permanent U.S. naval force established. But because the first war vessels would not be ready until 1800, American jizya payments — which took up 16 percent of the federal budget — began to be made to Algeria in 1795. In return, over 100 American sailors were released — how many died or disappeared is unclear — and the Islamic sea raids formally ceased. American payments and “gifts” over the following years caused the increasingly emboldened Muslim pirates to respond with increasingly capricious demands.

One of the more ignoble instances occurred in 1800, when Captain William Bainbridge of the George Washington sailed to the pirate-leader of Algiers, with what the latter deemed insufficient tribute. Referring to the Americans as “my slaves,” Dey Mustapha ordered them to transport hundreds of black slaves to Istanbul (Constantinople).  Adding insult to insult, he commanded the American crew to take down the U.S. flag and hoist the Islamic flag — one not unlike ISIS’ notorious black flag — in its place.  And, no matter how rough the seas might be during the long voyage, Bainbridge was required to make sure the George Washington faced Mecca five times a day to accommodate the prayers of Muslims onboard.

That Bainbridge condescended to becoming Barbary’s delivery boy seems only to have further whetted the terrorists’ appetite.  In 1801, Tripoli demanded an instant payment of $225,000, followed by annual payments of $25,000 — respectively equivalent to $3.5 million and $425,000 today.  Concluding that “nothing will stop the eternal increase of demand from these pirates but the presence of an armed force,” America’s third president, Jefferson, refused the ultimatum. (He may have recalled Captain O’Brien’s observation concerning his Barbary masters: “Money is their God and Mahomet their prophet.”)

Denied jizya from the infidels, Tripoli proclaimed jihad on the United States on May 10, 1801. But by now, America had six war vessels, which Jefferson deployed to the Barbary Coast.  For the next five years, the U.S. Navy warred with the Muslim pirates, making little headway and suffering some setbacks — the most humiliating being when the Philadelphia and its crew were captured in 1803.

Desperate measures were needed: enter William Eaton. As U.S. consul to Tunis (1797–1803), he had lived among and understood the region’s Muslims well. He knew that “the more you give the more the Turks will ask for,” and despised that old sense of Islamic superiority: “It grates me mortally,” he wrote, “when I see a lazy Turk [generic for Muslim] reclining at his ease upon an embroidered sofa, with one Christian slave to hold his pipe, another to hold his coffee, and a third to fan away the flies.” Seeing that the newborn American navy was making little headway against the seasoned pirates, he devised a daring plan: to sponsor the claim of Mustafa’s brother, exiled in Alexandria; and then to march the latter’s supporters and mercenaries through five hundred miles of desert, from Alexandria onto Tripoli.

The trek was arduous — not least because of the Muslim mercenaries themselves. Eaton had repeatedly tried to win them over: “I touched upon the affinity of principle between the Islam and Americans [sic] religion.” But despite these all too familiar ecumenical overtures, “We find it almost impossible to inspire these wild bigots with confidence in us,” he lamented in his diary, “or to persuade them that, being Christians, we can be otherwise than enemies to Mussulmen. We have a difficult undertaking!” (For all his experience with Muslims, Eaton was apparently unaware of the finer points of their (Sharia) law, namely, al-wala’ wa’l bara’, or “loyalty and enmity.”)

Eaton eventually managed to reach and conquer Tripoli’s coastal town of Derne on April 27, 1805.  Less than two months later, on June 10, a peace treaty was signed between the U.S. and Tripoli, formally ending hostilities.

Thus and despite the (rather ignorant) question that became popular after 9/11, “Why do they hate us?” — a question that was answered to Jefferson and Adams 233 years ago today — the United States’ first war and victory as a nation was against Muslims, and the latter had initiated hostilities on the same rationale Muslims had used to initiate hostilities against non-Muslims for the preceding 1,200 years.

Sources for quotes in this article can be found in the author’s recent book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West; 352 pages long and containing over a thousand endnotes, it copiously documents what many in academia have sought to hide: the long and bloody history between Islam and the West, in the context of their eight most landmark battles.  American Thinker reviews of the book can be read here and here).

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