Thursday, July 10, 2008

American Janissaries - The Karachi Kids

American Children in Pakistani Taliban Madrassa for four years.

"The headmaster of the Binoria madrassa personally recruits (or kidnaps?) There is a long history of kidnapping non-muslims and educating them to fight against Christians) American children to his institution during Ramadan, and says on camera that: “We work on altering the mindset of the students we are training, so when they return to their home countries, their mindset is such that they will work on altering the minds of others. That is why I’m appealing to you that at least 1000 to 2000 boys come to us so we can train them and they will go back to their home countries and do the work and make people understand.” The headmaster of the Binoria madrassa also states that he has already graduated 100 American children from his madrassa."


The word, Janissary, is an English derivative of the Turkish yeni cheri, or "new troops," which is what the Ottomans called this elite military corps.

Following the 1361 capture of the Byzantine city of Adrianople by the Ottomans - who renamed it Edirne and made it their capital in 1366 - Orhan formed the Janissaries out of his prisoners of war.

The Ottomans later began adding other new recruits to the corps, by conscripting (kidnapping) Christian boys from conquered territories.

One estimate claims they took one in five male children from Greek homes to serve in the Janissary corps, for example. These recruits were given military training and introduced to Islam, and were given the task of protecting the life of the Sultan. Some of the recruits were able to ascend to the Ottoman administration as well, and a handful even became Grand Vizier.

The Janissaries were the first standing army in Europe, and through the Ottoman wars of conquest in the 14th and 15th centuries, they became one of the most formidable military forces in the world. By the 16th century they had become so powerful that they were able to influence the succession of the Sultanate, which they did on several occasions.

Their frequent revolts and refusal to permit any sort of military reform in the later Ottoman period eventually led to their downfall, however. Their failure to suppress a Greek insurrection in 1820, combined with another Janissary revolt in 1826, led Sultan Mahmud II to dissolve the corps.


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