in medias res
So it was that the President, a former governor who took the office after a closely contested election at the dawn of the century, decided that enough was enough. The Muslims’ attacks were getting worse, and no amount of negotiating or payoff would dissuade them. It was time to take action. Decisive, military action.
Without a declaration of war, the President used his Constitutional powers, and as Commander-in-Chief, ordered the troops to invade. It didn’t go well at first, as the troops were poorly armed and not enough planning was done. But by the end of it all, the United States was victorious, and the Marine Corps added yet another successful campaign to its illustrious history.
While this sounds like a snippet about President Bush, this is actually a description of a war that happened 200 years prior. Despite the fact that there were no oil production facilities, the similarities are uncanny:
- The war was fought after an escalation of unprovoked hostilities by the Muslims
- The Muslims’ stated reason for the hostilities was because we are non-Muslim
- The President ordered the use of military force without the declaration of war
Of note, Thomas Jefferson, while serving as ambassador to France in 1786, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, Tripoli’s ambassador to London. When asked why his country was attacking U.S. vessels unprovoked, his reply was sent to the Continental Congress:
"That it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qur’an, 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 [Muslim] who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."
The one lesson that we can learn from this lesson in history is this: This war between cultures will continue until one side knows victory, the other death. Let us not back down now, nor ever.