From the International Civil Liberties Alliance Calendar on February 10th:
Treaty of Tripoli approved by the American representative. This followed acts of piracy against merchant shipping from the United States. It required tribute to be extorted from the United States by the Barbary states to take effect. This Treaty could be regarded as a Hudna, or temporary truce as defined under Islamic law. 10 February 1797.
The nascent US government entered into an agreememnt with the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary on February 10th, 1797, in the vain hope that it would end the raiding and pillaging of US merchant vessels. Wikipedia
“As General William Eaton informed newly-appointed Secretary of State John Marshall in 1800, “It is a maxim of the Barbary States, that ‘The Christians who would be on good terms with them must fight well or pay well.'”
But ladies and gentlemen, the US was ignorant then, as many still are now, of the Islamic concept of “hudna”, which is only a temporary cessation of hostilities, or a truce of a fixed duration. The signed agreement didn’t help the young United States for long, only three year later the Mohammedans, Tripoly, captured a US vessel, thereby ending the contract.
The hudna is something that the Arabs and their Western backers keep pressuring the Israelis to accept, (peace deals) while insisting the Jewish state to offer extensive compromises for something that, in principle, only lasts as long as the Arabs say it will last (read = not a lasting peace in the Western concept). The more the West brushes up on Islamic concepts, does it stand the chance of defeating the Mohammedan horde.
NOTE: It’s interesting to reminded that Article 11 in the Treaty of Tripoly, is used as “proof” that the founding fathers didn’t consider the US being founded on Christian principles.
Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
In reality, what was behind the idea of the text, was to dismiss the US constitution as a document founded upon the Bible as the Mohammedan state is founded upon the Koran. That is what President Adams and the drafters of this document were referring to, yet, the anti-US Constitution Lefties want to use that as proof that the Founding Fathers didn’t hold the US as a Christian country, when the obvious speaks otherwise.