* What a great idea! The Saudis alone haveÂ receivedÂ in excess of 11 trillion dollars inÂ undeservedÂ wealth over the last 30 years, which they have largely used to fuel the global jihad, to build mosques and madrassas everywhere in the dar-al harb. Considering thatÂ MohammedansÂ haveÂ raided the coasts of Europe over 1000 years and taken more than one million white slaves, robbed millions of Christians, Jews,Â Zoroastrians, Hindus and Buddhists and destroyed their places of worship, taken their children away (the girls for their harems and the boys as janissaries) it would be high time to ask them to pay up. What say you?
In early September 2008,Â demandsÂ were made thatÂ FranceÂ must make reparations for its colonial past inÂ Algeria. The calls followed the signing betweenÂ ItalyÂ andÂ LibyaÂ of a 5 billion dollar investment agreement to resolve colonial-era disputes. The 25-year deal includes the construction of a highway running betweenÂ EgyptÂ andÂ TunisiaÂ and the return toÂ LibyaÂ of a prized ancient marble statue taken toÂ RomeÂ in colonial times. The settlement was a “complete and moral acknowledgement of the damage inflicted onÂ LibyaÂ byÂ ItalyÂ during the colonial period,” saidÂ Italy‘s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. “ItalyÂ committed historic errors inÂ Libya, and the Italian government’s move to apologise is positive,” secretary ofÂ Algeria‘s National Liberation Front (FLN) party, Al-Said Abu Haja, told Algerian daily El-Khabar. The FLN led the war of independence fromÂ FranceÂ between 1954 and 1962. “We hope that the European Union will be able to put pressure on other former colonial powers such asÂ FranceÂ and get it to make amends for what it did inÂ Algeria,” Haja added. “AlgeriaÂ asked forÂ FranceÂ to apologise long beforeÂ LibyaÂ [askedÂ Italy]. The French occupied us for 130 years.”
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Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fitzgerald: There are no taxes in Islam!
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Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ottoman Dhimmitude/ Andrew Bostom
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Slavery in the Ottoman Empire and its Demise,
I’m not an expert on French colonial history, but if I recall correctly, the French were at least partly motivated for establishing themselves inÂ AlgeriaÂ due to theÂ BarbaryÂ pirates, who continued their evil activities well into the nineteenth century. The period of French colonial rule is the only period of civilizationÂ AlgeriaÂ has experienced since the Romans. Muslims have been raidingEurope, especially the southern regions but sometimes even north of theÂ Alps, continuously since the seventh century. In fact, the only period during more than 1300 years they haven’t done this was during the time of European colonialism. That’s what they are whining about now. This is compensation for lost jizya. Moreover, there are now more North Africans inÂ FranceÂ than there ever were Frenchmen inÂ North Africa. If non-Europeans can resist colonization and expel intruders, why can’t Europeans do the same thing?
I’m not even going to mention the Spanish and the Portuguese, who were under colonial rule much longer than were the Algerians. As Ibn Warraq says in his bookÂ Defending the West:
“Where the French presence lasted fewer than four years before they were ignominiously expelled by the British and Turks, the Ottomans had been the masters ofÂ EgyptÂ since 1517, a total of 280 years. Even if we count the later British and French protectorates,Â EgyptÂ was under Western control for sixty-seven years,Â SyriaÂ for twenty-one years, andÂ IraqÂ for only fifteen â€“ and, of course,Â Saudi ArabiaÂ was never under Western control. Contrast this with southernÂ Spain, which was under the Muslim yoke for 781 years,Â GreeceÂ for 381 years, and the splendid new Christian capital that eclipsedÂ RomeÂ â€“Â ByzantiumÂ â€“ which is still in Muslim hands. But no Spanish or Greek politics of victimhood apparently exist.”
From their strongholds in theÂ Iberian PeninsulaÂ and elsewhere, Muslims raided theÂ MediterraneanÂ for centuries. Here is Timothy Gregory inÂ A History of Byzantium:
“In 826/8Â CreteÂ was taken by Arab adventurers fromÂ Spain, and in 827/9 Spanish Arabs were able to establish footholds inSicily. The Arab presence on these two islands was to have serious repercussions forÂ Byzantium.Â CreteÂ became a base for Arab ‘pirates’ who made theÂ AegeanÂ and its shorelines unsafe for the Byzantines and presumably also disrupted trade in the area. The Arab bases onÂ SicilyÂ were the beginning of a long contest between Byzantines and Arabs for control of southernÂ ItalyÂ andÂ Sicilythat was also to involve the papacy and, eventually, other powers fromÂ Western Europe. The Arabs also used these Sicilian bases to raidÂ ItalyÂ and the Balkans.”
The reason why theÂ VaticanÂ became a “city within the city” inÂ RomeÂ with fortifications was due to repeated attacks by Muslims (Saracens). Here are a couple of quotes from the bookÂ Rome: Art & Architecture, edited by Marco Bussagli:
“Leo IV’s major building project is generally considered to be the fortification of theÂ VaticanÂ area. After the devastation wrought by the Saracens in St. Peter’s, profoundly shocking to the Christian world, it was decided to fortify the area around St. Peter’s tomb. Leo III had already made this decision, but little had been done because of the theft of the materials set aside for the job. Leo IV, who had already undertaken the repair of the Aurelian walls, gates, and towers, organized the work in such a way that within four years he saw it complete. OnÂ June 27, 852Â the ceremony of consecration of the walls was performed, in the presence of the pope and clergy, who, barefoot and with heads smeared with ashes, processed round the entire circuit of the fortifications, sprinkling them with holy water and at every gate calling on divine protection against the enemy that threatened the inhabitants. The enclosed area was to take on the status of a city in its own right, which was both separate and distinct from theÂ UrbeÂ ofRome, despite its proximity to it.”
“Despite defeat in 849 and 916 in the coastal cities ofÂ Naples,Â Gaeta, and Amalfi, the Saracens continued to lay waste to the countryside and sack the outskirts ofÂ Rome, causing the already precarious living conditions of the urban population to deteriorate still further. In the face of this continuing external threat, not only was the VaticanÂ area fortified, but the churches of San Sebastiano on theÂ Appian WaySant’Agnese on Via Nomentana, andÂ San LorenzoÂ on Via Tiburtina were strengthened.”
Muslims complain because they want the good, old days of jizya payments back. Here is what the Iranian ex-Muslim Ali Sina says in his recent bookÂ Understanding Muhammad: <“Megalomania, bullishness, the sense of entitlement and all other narcissistic traits of Muhammad are present in each and every Muslim, to the extent that they emulate their prophet. From king to pauper, from president to janitor, Muslims consider themselves to be superior to the rest of humanity. They are convinced that one day Islam will dominate, mankind will submit to them, and they will be the masters of the world. This feeling of self importance was expressed eloquently by Dr. Mahatir, the outgoing Prime Minister of Malaysia during an OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) summit in 2003. He acknowledged that the early Muslims built their ‘civilization’ by studying the works of the Greeks and other scholars before Islam and then boastfully added that the ‘Europeans had to kneel at the feet of Muslim scholars in order to access their own scholastic heritage.’ In his speech he invited the Muslims to amass ‘guns and rockets, bombs and warplanes, tanks and warships‘Â to subdue that non-Muslim detractors and again rule over them.”
Those who were hit the hardest were the Balkan populations. The Balkans, with its close connections to Byzantium, was a reasonably sophisticated region of Europe in medieval times, until the Ottomans Turks devastated much of the area. One of the most appalling aspects of this was the practice ofÂ devshirme, the collecting of boys among the Christian minorities who were forcibly converted to Islam and taught to hate their own kin. Dr.Â Andrew G. Bostom, author of the booksÂ The Legacy of IslamicÂ andÂ The Legacy of Jihad, quotes the work of scholar Vasiliki Papoulia, who highlights the continuous desperate struggle of the Christian populations against this forcefully imposedÂ Ottoman levy:
“It is obvious that the population strongly resented…this measure [and the levy] could be carried out only by force. Those who refused to surrender their sonsâ€” the healthiest, the handsomest and the most intelligentâ€” were on the spot put to death by hanging. Nevertheless we have examples of armed resistance. In 1565 a revolt took place inÂ EpirusÂ andÂ Albania. The inhabitants killed the recruiting officers and the revolt was put down only after the sultan sent five hundred janissaries in support of the local sanjakâ€”bey. We are better informed, thanks to the historic archives of Yerroia, about the uprising in Naousa in 1705 where the inhabitants killed the Silahdar Ahmed Celebi and his assistants and fled to the mountains as rebels. Some of them were later arrested and put to death.”
The Christian subjects tried for centuries to combat this evil practice:
“Since there was no possibility of escaping [the levy] the population resorted to several subterfuges. Some left their villages and fled to certain cities which enjoyed exemption from the child levy or migrated to Venetianâ€”held territories. The result was a depopulation of the countryside. Others had their children marry at an early age…Nicephorus Angelus…states that at times the children ran away on their own initiative, but when they heard that the authorities had arrested their parents and were torturing them to death, returned and gave themselves up. La Giulletiere cites the case of a young Athenian who returned from hiding in order to save his father’s life and then chose to die himself rather than abjure his faith. According to the evidence in Turkish sources, some parents even succeeded in abducting their children after they had been recruited. The most successful way of escaping recruitment was through bribery. That the latter was very widespread is evident from the large amounts of money confiscated by the sultan from corrupt…officials.”
Lee Harris in his bookÂ The Suicide of ReasonÂ describes how this practice of devshirme, the process of culling the best, brightest and fittest “alpha boys,” targeted the non-Muslim subject populations: “The bodyguard of Janissaries ‘had the task of protecting the sovereign from internal and external enemies,’ writes scholar Vasiliki Papoulia. ‘In order to fulfill this task it was subjected to very rigorous and special training, the janissary education famous in Ottoman society. This training made possible the spiritual transformation of Christian children into ardent fighters for the glory of the sultan and their newly acquired Islamic faith.’ Because the Christian boys had to be transformed into single-minded fanatics, it was not enough that they simply inherit their position. They had to be brainwashed into it, as we would say today, and this could be done most effectively with boys who had been completely cut off from all family ties. By taking the boys from their homes, and transporting them to virtually another world,Â devÃ§irmeÂ assured that there would be no conflict of loyalties between family and duty to the empire. All loyalty would be focused on the group itself and on the sultan.”
This practice drained the strength of the Christian populations. Harris again:
“The culling of these alpha boys had two effects, both of them good for the Ottoman Empire, both bad for the subject population. By filling the critical posts in the Ottoman Empire with boys who had been selected on the basis of their intrinsic merit, and not on their family connection, the Empire was automatically creating a meritocracy â€“ if a boy was tough, courageous, intelligent, and fanatically loyal, he was able to work his way up the Ottoman hierarchy; indeed, as we have seen, he become a member of the ruling elite, despite having the formal title of being the sultan’s slave. The Ottoman Empire was both strengthening itself through acquiring these alpha boys, and weakening its subject population by taking their best and brightest. Thanks to the institution ofÂ devÃ§irme,Â the more ‘fit’ Christian boys who would be most likely to be the agents of rebellion against the Empire become the fanatical Muslim warriors who were used to suppress whatever troubles the less ‘fit’ Christian boys left behind were able to cause.”
Raphael Israeli in his 2008 bookÂ The Islamic Challenge in EuropeÂ tracks the Islamization of various European countries, fromÂ SwitzerlandÂ toÂ Britain, and describes the efforts to recreate theÂ Ottoman EmpireÂ and use the Balkans as a launching pad for Jihad:
“After the fall of Communism inÂ the new regime recognized, in 1991, the self-declared Republic of Kosovo, and its head, Ibrahim Rugova, opened an office in Tirana. The disintegration of Yugoslavia by necessity revived the old dreams of the Greater Albania, which now eyed not only Kosovo, but also parts of Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, and Montenegro where an Albanian population had settled over the years. The rising of Muslim consciousness in the Balkans, after the Bosnian precedent…now acts as a catalyst to draw together, under the combined banners of Greater Albania and Islam, all the Albanian populations of that region. In 1992 joined the Conference of Islamic Countries, and it has been working to attract support by other Islamic countries to the Greater Albania plan, actually presenting itself as ‘the shield of Islam’ in the Balkans. It has been noted that while the Albanian demographic explosion in Kosovo, which has allowed them to predominate and demand secession, has not taken place in Albania itself, perhaps an indication, as in Palestine and Bosnia, that the ‘battle of the womb’ heralded by nationalists and Muslim fundamentalists, is not merely a natural growth but may be also politically motivated.”
Now that the entire Western world is under attack by Islamic Jihad, we would do well to listen to those who know the frontlines, such as Serge Trifkovic in his bookÂ Defeating Jihad.Â
The wars in the Balkans all the way into the 21st century are a direct result of the legacy of Turkish Muslim brutality. So why does nobody demand that the Turks apologize in public for their massacres? They should pay reparations to their former subjects, starting with the Armenians, who suffered aÂ JihadÂ less than a century ago, and continuing with the Serbs, the Bulgarians, the Greeks, the Croatians and others who have suffered hundreds of years of abuse and exploitation at their hands.
We can continue with all those European countries that have suffered attacks and enslavement by North African Barbary pirates for more than a thousand years. These nations should now demand public apologies and substantial financial reparations from Arabs and Turks. If these countries lack the funds to pay, we should hold the Islamic world collectively responsible and demand compensation from the rich members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference such as Saudi Arabia. While we are at it, why not demand compensation to all victims of Jihad, from the Jews who have been expelled from the Middle East to the Indians, who have died in the tens of millions for a thousand years or more?
System of human taxation under theÂ Ottoman Empire, from the 15th century until the 19th century. YoungÂ ChristianÂ boys were taken away from their families in the Balkans and made into the property of theÂ sultanÂ in order to become part of the army or the administration.
Devsirme is from Turkish, meaning “gathering.”
Structure and Regulations
The system of devsirme was introduced underÂ sultanMurad 2Â in the 1420’s, and was a result of the military needs of the fast growing empire: it needed loyal army troops in high numbers, as well as reliable civil servants in the palace and in the administration.
The system was designed so as not to develop any hereditary aristocracy which could threaten the position of the sultan and his family. Hence, only non-Muslims could enter the devsirme. And even if a member of the devsirme could marry after he finished his training and left the palace, his sons wereÂ Muslims, and could not enter the devsirme. That was the way it was intended to be, but towards the end of the 16th century the devsirme class instigated changes.
It was at all times clear that devsirme was contradictory to Muslim law,Â Sharia. (Funny how flexible the rules of the sharia are when it comes to the abject treatment of the dhimmies, the conquered peoples/ed)
Sharia had clear instructions to the Muslim ruler to protect and take care of allÂ Christiansubjects. But the needs of the empire, as well as tribal traditions, made the rulers instigate the practice. There were numerous protests at the beginning fromÂ Muslimscholars.
Slaves to the palace and the administration of the Ottoman Empire were allowed as war booty. Women for theÂ haremÂ often came through this channel. Later on, slaves were bought as well, and even among these, some climbed to the highest positions in society. The best example of this was Mehmet HÃ¼srev Pasha, who became grand vizier in 1839.
From the 15th until the 17th century, between 200,000 and 300,000 boys were taken out to devsirme.