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Jefferson and Islam 1804 pertaining to this treaty

Reader comment on item: In 1796, U.S. Vowed Friendliness With Islam

Submitted by Jesse Collins (United States), Nov 7, 2006 at 18:11

Dear Dr. Pipes,

I enjoy your articles and public comments immensly and support and quote your work within the Internet and other public debate arenas. This is my first comment to one of your articles, however.

Would you please extend your article's discussion of the treaty with Islam as it may or may not have pertained to or used as a management problem solver when President Jefferson negotiated a conflict with Islam following its attack and seizures of our commercial ships or crews in 1804. My facts on this issue may be partially incorrect as I am not looking up the episode to refresh my memory.

Thank you for your constant fight on behalf of the western world's battle against this enemy, radical Islam or Islam (as I believe is the identification of the enemy).

Jesse Collins

Author: The Etiotropic Trauma Management Series at http://etiotropic.com

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"Would you please extend your article's discussion of the treaty with Islam as it may or may not have pertained to or used as a management problem solver when President Jefferson negotiated a conflict with Islam following its attack and seizures of our commercial ships or crews in 1804."

Jefferson dealt with rulers and governments, not with "Islam" as such. So far as I know, the 1796-97 treaty was the only one to do that.

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