In Historical Context: The Ongoing and Increasing Peril of Islamic Terrorism

By Alan Sexton

Barbary PiratesIt is not the purpose of this article to instigate fear of Muslim’s generally, as all Muslims are not radicals. We are assured of this reality simply by observing that even peaceful Muslims are murdered by Islamic terrorists even as they attempt to pray in their mosques.

Rather, the purpose herein is to raise awareness to the realities that Islamic extremism does exists and, just as it now is presenting, and increasingly poses an existential threat to many innocents, that even our founders were confronted by this evil.

The well founded and sourced information presented here is intended to raise awareness and address the doubts of disbelievers, and to rebut the disinformation and propaganda advanced by deniers.

If, after all, we then still fail to acknowledge and definitively address this growing peril here in America and abroad, we do so at our own peril.


We begin with the following excerpt from a communiqué dispatched from Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to then United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs John Jay following their meeting with the Ambassador of Tripoli:

We took the Liberty to make some Inquiries concerning the Grounds of their pretensions to make War upon Nations who had done them no Injury, & 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 law of their great Prophet: that it was written in the Koran, that all Nations who should not have acknowledged their Authority were sinners: that it was their right & duty to make war upon them whenever they could be found, & to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners; & that every Muslim who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.

Excerpted from the report “The American Peace Commissioners to John Jay” , dated 28 Mar. 1786, signed by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

Now understanding that Islamic terrorism is not a new phenomenon nor is it “America’s fault” as some would have us believe, I urge examining the expanded information provided in the hyperlink below:

America and the Barbary Pirates:
An International Battle Against an Unconventional Foe


9 thoughts on “In Historical Context: The Ongoing and Increasing Peril of Islamic Terrorism

  1. Somewhere in time, the Jesse Ventura conspiracy theorists of 1786 are searching for a way to blame Thomas Jefferson and John Adams for “provoking” such a response.

    • Douglas– no other way to describe that brilliant observation, that is the gem of the day. Absolute museum quality funny.

      Alas, We have newfound empathy for the trials and tribulations experienced by our founders.


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