I keep hearing about how peaceful Islam is and I do feel for the peaceful Muslims in the US, but history does testify that early Islam was a bloody religion built on military conquest. Under jihad, Islam conquered Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. Constantinople survived two sieges, one in the 670s and another in 717-718. The point I am trying to make is that history testifies that Islam began through Jihad's to subject most of the Middle East into it's camp and a failed attempt to subject Europe. The idea that Islam basically is a peaceful religion is false.