Most Americans do not realize, that the current scuffles we are having with the Somali Pirates is actually a long war that we have been in. A war that goes back to the times of Thomas Jefferson, when the Barbary Pirates were the terrorist pirates of the day.
Before the creation of the state of Israel. Before the Iraq War, and before the other “root” causes that the American Left blames America for but should blame on the terrorists who don’t care about anything except what they can get from the world’s people.
As Seane Anna said on her comment to Len today, “America’s first foreign war was fought against Muslim pirates who were attacking US ships from the North African Barbary states, quasi-independent colonies of the Ottoman Empire. For nearly twenty years, from 1783 to 1801,America paid tribute to the Muslim Barbary pirates, over the objection of Thomas Jefferson who said that such tribute would only encourage more attacks. Lo and behold, he was right!
When Jefferson was inaugurated as president the leader of the Barbary state of Tripoli demanded over $200,000 in payment. Jefferson said no and war ensued. America won that war in 1805 but the Barbary States went back to attacking US ships in 1807. America couldn’t effectively respond to those attacks until after the War of 1812, but in 1815 we fought the Second Barbary War and defeated the Barbary pirates once and for all. The line “…to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine hymn refers to the Barbary wars.
The lesson of history, Len, is that pirates, terrorists, and those who support them must be defeated by FORCE. Paying tribute or ransom to them does NOTHING to stop them. It only strengthens them because it tells them the payer is weak. Learn a little history, Len, and wise up. The Somali pirates need to be dealt with the same way the Barbary pirates were, then there’ll be peace off the Horn of Africa. But I don’t expect you to get that.”
My friends, it has been said over and over again, and it bears repeating again. IF YOU FORGET THE MISTAKES OF YOUR PAST, YOU ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT THEM. And the left in this country is actively on a campaign to make us forget.
The problem lies in the fact that they are succeeding. There are so many Americans today who will follow what a Democrat, (or for that matter, a Republican or Independent,) in our government says, just because of his position of power, even after what they say has been disproved.
The Somali Pirates, today, demanded from the United States two million for the release of the Captain of the Maresk Alabama. In other words my friends, the Somali pirates are now doing what their prediscessor’s did, and they are demanding money to return their captives or they will die. And what is our government doing? Calling for committee meetings that are sure to scare the crap out of those silly pirates and make them release the captain……NOT. It is like I have said before. There are people in this world, that do NOT want peace, under any circumstances, and these so called Pirates, *in all actuality, they are Terrorists* are just that sort of people. They do not care for peace, unless it is forced on them. And to a people like these? They only understand force and strength. And what has Obama showed them so far? WEAKNESS and INDECISIVENESS. My friends, the Somali Pirates (Terrorists) are laughing at us. The proof, is in their demanding a ransom for the release of the American Captain, while being surrounded by American Warships. To them, all the warships are, is for show, and the show has NO TEETH. Just like Obama’s presidency.
God Bless America and her troops
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