They Drew First Blood: A Brief History of Islamic Aggression Against Christendom
“Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them.”-Koran 2:191
“Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.”-Koran 9:123
“When the opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.”-Koran 9:5
“Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.”-Koran 3:85
“The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.”-Koran 9:30
“Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam.”-Koran 5:33
Islam is not a religion of peace. It has been expansionist and violent since the first day Muhammad set foot in Medina. Dr. Bill Warner estimates that at least 270 million people worldwide have been killed in the name of the jihad since 622. Last month alone there were 167 Islamic terrorist attacks, 934 people killed, and 928 people injured (numbers courtesy of TheReligionOfPeace.com), and this does not account for casualties from armed conflicts, of which 75% of the world’s involve Islam. We in the West are ceaselessly pummeled with “Crusade Guilt,” an ancillary of White Guilt, but to quote John J. Rambo, “They drew first blood, not me.” The attacks on Muta and Tabuk debunk the notion that Christians served as aggressors toward Muhammad and his Muslim followers. The idea that adherents of Islam were content to make finger-paintings and play grab-ass in the desert before the evil Christians began persecuting them is not only inaccurate, it is a gross distortion of historical events.
After Muhammad’s death, the first caliph, Abu-Bakr, Muhammad’s father-in-law, led further territorial aggressions against the Christian Byzantine Empire in the years 632-634. From 635-637, the second caliph, Umar, would conquer the whole of Christian Syria from the Byzantines, and in 641 Christian nations in Georgia and Armenia would be set upon by Abd-al-Rahman. In the following year, the surviving texts of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt were ordered to be burned by the Muslim commander Amr ibn al-As. Sicily was attacked for the first time by marauding Muslims from Tunisia in 652; in 653, the Greek island of Rhodes was assaulted by Muawiya I and the Colossus of Rhodes, though in disrepair, was completely dismantled and sold as scrap metal in Syria. Thus, the Muslims were responsible for the complete destruction of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The following year the Christian island of Cyprus was conquered by Muslims (although a treaty in 688 guaranteed joint Muslim-Byzantine rule), an act which would be repeated, partially successfully, in 1974 by the Turks. The assaults on the Byzantine Empire continued more or less uninterrupted until its eventual fall, and most of the former Roman world, temporarily on most of the Iberian Peninsula and in parts of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, and Eastern and Central Europe, permanently in North Africa and most of the Middle East, eventually came under the control of Islam.
In April of 711, the Berbers first crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and within seven years had control of the majority of the Iberian Peninsula. Further incursions continued into modern-day France until the fateful day of October 10th, 732, when Charles Martel (“The Hammer”) with just 1,500 men staved off a force of 50,000 cavalrymen under the command of one Abd el-Rahman Al Ghafiqi at the Battle of Tours; this represented the high-watermark of Islamic expansion into Western Europe (though it was not until 759 that the Islamic scourge was finally fully purged from France). As memorialized by the great Edward Gibbon:
A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar to the banks of the Loire; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Muhammed.
The line was effectively held into the modern era, but that did not stop the Muslim hordes from repeated attempts to conquer and subjugate Europe. In 792, the Emir of Cordova called for the Grand Jihad—a rough approximation of the Christian Crusades—against France and some Spanish outposts, with warriors from all over the Muslim world flocking to the Iberian Peninsula; an invasionary force in France was ultimately stopped at the fortress town of Carcassonne, which stands to this day (and is a must-visit). In 813 a Muslim force attacked the Italian mainland near Rome. The Emirate of Crete was established in the mid-820s. In 827, Muslims began a protracted invasion of Sicily. In 838, Marseilles, France was sacked, and in 841, the Italian city of Bari came under Muslim control. In 846, a Muslim fleet sailed up the Tiber and ravaged the areas around Rome; another attempt to capture the city was made in 849, but the combined Christian forces ultimately proved victorious at the Battle of Ostia. In 869, Arab Muslims captured the island of Malta. It is also important not to forget that during this time period Saracen piracy was an ever-present threat to the entire Mediterranean world and beyond; many raids and attacks were launched in search of lucrative white slaves and other booty.
In 902, Sicily came under complete Saracen control. In 920, Muslim forces again crossed the Pyrenees, but were stopped at Toulouse. In 1015, Sardinia was taken by Saracens. In 1064, the Seljuks conquered Armenia. All of this transpired before the First Crusade in 1095. In 1453, Mehmet II of the Ottoman Empire sacked Constantinople, bringing an end to the Byzantine Empire. Much of the Balkan region and other parts of Eastern Europe would come under control of the Ottoman Empire for centuries, though they were resisted fiercely. Virtually from the founding of the United States the Barbary States were engaged in the capture of American seafaring vessels and the enslavement of her sailors. Barbary slave raids of the European continent and of Western ocean-going vessels netted approximately one million white slaves from the time period of c. 1500-c. 1800. It is true Thomas Jefferson had a Koran; this was so that he could study the doctrine of the marauding men from North Africa. What he found wasn’t exactly an invitation to the Girl Scout Jamboree.
The rape of Christian women is encouraged in the Koran as the taking of a bondmaid or sex slave is allowed if won in battle or during a conquest— ‘those their right hands possess’ Surah Al-Muminun (23:6) and Surah Al-Maarij (70:30)—and since Europe and the rest of the West are considered Dar-al Harb—the House of Conflict or Territory of War—the women who are molested and sexually assaulted are done so under divine sanction as they are kafirs, analogous to waste or excrement, considered impure and subhuman. We should not be surprised that men with a 1,400-year-long tradition of raping, pillaging, and enslaving all non-believers should view de-natured Westerners with such contempt, and uncovered Western women in modern fashions as an “immodest” buffet, a veritable rape bonanza protected and even enabled by the multi-culti-mad managerial classes of Europe and the Diaspora. We may view ourselves as being in a post-Christian age, beyond such trifles as religion, but the Mohammedan does not. Islam has, and always will be, expansionist.
Alparslan Kavaklioğlu, a member of the Turkish Parliament, is positively assured of the eventual Islamic take-over of Europe:
Europe has this problem: All of the newcomers are Muslim – from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey…It is now at such a level that the most popular name in Brussels, Belgium is Mohammed. The second most popular name is Melih [Malih] and the third one is Ayşe [Aisha]…The Muslim population will outnumber the Christian population in Europe…This has increased the nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-Islam rhetoric there…But there is no remedy for it. Europe will be Muslim. We will be effective there, Allah willing. I am sure of that.
What are Europe and its cousins across the West sure of? Anything?