Skip to comments.Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates
Posted on 04/19/2007 5:44:41 PM PDT by ventanax5
Americas first confrontation with the Islamic world helped forge a new nations character.
When I first began to plan my short biography of Thomas Jefferson, I found it difficult to research the chapter concerning the so-called Barbary Wars: an event or series of events that had seemingly receded over the lost horizon of American history. Henry Adams, in his discussion of our third president, had some boyhood reminiscences of the widespread hero-worship of naval officer Stephen Decatur, and other fragments and shards showed up in other quarries, but a sound general history of the subject was hard to come by. When I asked a professional military historiana man with direct access to Defense Department archivesif there was any book that he could recommend, he came back with a slight shrug.
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Try contacting anyone like www.jihadwatch.org? They have staff that are light years ahead of most, in what you might be looking for.
Excellent post. Thanks.
As a sidebar this book shows that Islam has not changed these past 200 years.
Interesting collection. Thanks. I will bookmark it under my Islam folder for later investigation.
I read the same book by Zacks and it is very good. The new government of the U.S. tried to bribe the Muslim pirates (terrorists) but they just kept demanding more money and goods. It wasn’t until the U.S. built a Navy and attacked the terrorist pirates where they lived, that they stopped attacking American merchant ships and enslaving our men.
Another good book to read is “Power, Faith, and Fantasy - America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present”, by Michael B. Oren. This can be purchased at amazon.com. The local library had a long waiting list to check it out.
And 230 years later, the United States Marines are still kicking the Shiite out of Muslims.
Thanks george76 for the ping.
Jefferson’s finest hour.
the full story
Egypt was once 95% Copt (Christian) and 5% Jewish. After 1400 years of torture, mass murder and forced conversion it is amazing that 10% of the population remains Copts, albeit massively persecuted.