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  • Memorial Day: As We Remember the Many, Remember Too the Individuals

    05/27/2013 3:22:54 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 16 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 27, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Each Memorial Day, Americans proudly, and solemnly, display our flags only at the half-staff position for the morning, not to return them to the full-staff position until noon. This we do in memory of the million-some casualties whom our nation has lost in battle since the Founding era. We hold parades in their honor; we hoist a flag and raise a toast at city parks and private barbecues. We may wear red, white and blue clothing, or flag lapel pins, or decorate our homes with bunting. But for all this show of support, who are we really honoring? Do we...
  • House moves to bring home remains of ‘earliest Navy SEALs’

    05/29/2011 11:34:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 29, 2011 | Stephan Dinan
    More than two centuries after they died off the coast of present-day Libya, the remains of the first 13 Navy commandos in U.S. history — in the words of one supporter, the “earliest Navy SEALs” — are one step closer to coming home after the U.S. House voted last week to insist the Pentagon get them back. Brushing off prior opposition from the Pentagon, House lawmakers attached the directive to the annual defense policy bill that cleared the chamber on Thursday, with backers saying it was time to honor the daring men as fallen heroes. “The United States has an...
  • Pentagon Official Mum on Pirate Hostage Details

    04/10/2009 5:29:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 61 replies · 1,702+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2009 – A senior Pentagon spokesman today declined to provide details on the ongoing situation involving a U.S. maritime captain being held hostage by pirates in a small boat adrift off the coast of Somalia. “There will be a point in time where we can be fully forthcoming with what the military role was and our thinking on it, and why we did what we did," Bryan Whitman told reporters. “That time is not right now.” The paramount concern of all agencies involved is obtaining the safe return of the hostage, Whitman said. Armed pirates attacked...
  • Decatur's way...

    04/10/2009 7:20:41 AM PDT · by pickrell · 4 replies · 297+ views
    10 April 2009 | Ron Pickrell
    In the year 1803, the conventional wisdom in Europe was for tribute. The best and the brightest of Paris and London, seeing that European ships were being routinely seized by pirates along the Barbary Coast, with the crews of those ships then imprisoned, and often sold into slavery, reached an enlightened and sophisticated decision. Since it proved impossible, after many attempts, to defeat the pirates, the practical solution was to pay the Algerians, the Moroccans and the other Barbary States, in order to induce them to seize fewer European ships. What many of today don't realize, was that in addition...
  • "Tower Lions" May Help Resurrect Extinct African Breed?

    04/09/2008 1:12:41 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 429+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 4-4-2008 | James Owen
    "Tower Lions" May Help Resurrect Extinct African Breed? James Owen for National Geographic NewsApril 4, 2008 An extinct breed of lion from North Africa was held at the Tower of London in medieval times, a new study shows. A pair of skulls unearthed from the tower's moat in the 1930s belonged to Barbary lions, a subspecies that has since died out in the wild. The discovery raises the possibility that descendants of Barbary lions may still survive in captivity, which could help efforts to resurrect the dark-maned breed, researchers say. The lions' North African roots were revealed by analysis of...
  • Barbary lions were part of medieval Tower of London zoo

    03/27/2008 2:15:35 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 627+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-25-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Barbary lions were part of medieval Tower of London zoo By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 25/03/2008 Two medieval skulls found in the Tower of London belonged to a kind of lion that boasted a giant dark mane, according to a genetic study that sheds new light on one of the world's oldest zoos. A Barbary lion skull that was part of the study Infamous as a place of torture and executions, and home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower was also home to lions, which were charismatic symbols of monarchy. Now researchers have used DNA evidence...
  • Should The Islamic World Apologize For Slavery? Part One

    04/05/2007 5:58:24 PM PDT · by hripka · 26 replies · 1,545+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | March 30, 2007 | Adrian Morgan
    Islam’s involvement in the black slave trade goes back over 14 centuries, back to its founder, Mohammed, who owned black slaves. Muslim slavers in North Africa also engaged in a red hot trade of white Christians. Read this fascinating, you-won’t-see-it-anywhere-else romp through reality by FSM Contributing Editor Adrian Morgan who explains what politically-correct history books conveniently ignore. (CAIR: care to apologize?) Should The Islamic World Apologize For Slavery? – Part One By Adrian Morgan For members of Britain's politically correct establishment, this week has been one of hand wringing and embarrassing gestures of self-abasement. On Saturday, March 24, a procession...
  • The Avalon Project : The Barbary Treaties: Tripoli 1796 Hunter Miller's Notes

    11/09/2006 1:19:15 PM PST · by nosofar · 1 replies · 339+ views
    Yale Law School ^ | 11/9/2006 | The Avalon Project at Yale Law School
    The Avalon Project at Yale Law School The Barbary Treaties : Tripoli 1796 Hunter Miller's Notes The two dates and places given for the signature of the treaty (Tripoli, November 4, 1796, and Algiers, January 3, 1797) are explained by the fact that the provisions of the agreement with the Pasha of Tripoli were deemed to be to some extent at least under the protection or guaranty of the Dey of Algiers and made with his approval. So after the completion of the negotiations at Tripoli by Capt. Richard O'Brien, the agreement was taken to Algiers for the signature and...
  • America’s First War with Islamic Terror

    07/04/2006 8:38:22 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 410+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07/04/06 | Wordsmith
    "In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar [i.e., Muhammad], the Egyptian, [.....] Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all...
  • From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli (Barbary) to Modern Day Iran

    06/22/2006 10:10:29 PM PDT · by JBGUSA · 877+ views
    June 23, 2006 | JBGUSA
    My view of history is that the more things change the more they stay the same. Certainly, the tale of the Barbary Pirates, and its eerily similar parellel today, in our battles with what is called "radical Islam" shows the divide between the productive West, and the parts of the world that live off plunder, extortion and baksheesh. Yesterday's "tribute" equals todays "UN" and "NGO's". This exceprted New York Times Book Review of a series of books about piracy, including the Barbary Pirates, demonstrates the striking similarities. I'm afraid we're going to have to flatten them again. August 21, 2005...
  • Ye olde war on terror, 19th century style

    12/20/2005 6:48:03 AM PST · by SemperFi-USMC · 20 replies · 562+ views
    Scripps Howard Foundation Wire ^ | December 15th, 2005 | Isaac Wolf
    http://www.shfwire.com/stories.phtml Ye Olde War on Terror, 19th Century Style By Isaac Wolf, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire WASHINGTON – Just how far back does the war on terror date? All the way to America’s founding, when North African pirates plundered U.S. merchant ships under the banner of Islam, according to a new book, “Victory In Tripoli.” Written by Joshua E. London and published in August, the book details the buildup to the war, which ran from 1801 to 1805, showing how North African leaders encouraged piracy of American merchant ships. “Victory” focuses on post-Revolution American politics, recounting how the mounting pirate...
  • America’s Earliest Terrorists (Jefferson and the Jihad!)

    12/18/2005 5:44:25 AM PST · by voletti · 14 replies · 660+ views
    NRO ^ | 12/16/05 | Joshua London
    Lessons from America’s first war against Islamic terror. At the dawn of a new century, a newly elected United States president was forced to confront a grave threat to the nation — an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists. Worse still, these Islamic partisans operated under the protection and sponsorship of rogue Arab states ruled by ruthless and cunning dictators. Sluggish in recognizing the full nature of the threat, America entered the war well after the enemy’s call to arms. Poorly planned and feebly executed, the American effort proceeded badly and at great expense — resulting...
  • America’s Earliest Terrorists

    12/16/2005 7:28:11 AM PST · by Jacksonville Patriot · 11 replies · 973+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/16/05 | Joshua E. London
    America’s Earliest Terrorists Lessons from America’s first war against Islamic terror. By Joshua E. London At the dawn of a new century, a newly elected United States president was forced to confront a grave threat to the nation — an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists. Worse still, these Islamic partisans operated under the protection and sponsorship of rogue Arab states ruled by ruthless and cunning dictators. Sluggish in recognizing the full nature of the threat, America entered the war well after the enemy’s call to arms. Poorly planned and feebly executed, the American effort proceeded...
  • The 230th Marine Corps Birthday

    11/04/2005 8:38:57 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 44 replies · 8,462+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | November 3, 2005 | Col. Jeff Bearor (USMC)
    No matter where Marines are serving, from the Pentagon and Marine Barracks in Washington, to the loneliest outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Marines will stop, shake hands, say happy birthday, sing the Marines' Hymn and, if it is available, have a piece of cake. It doesn't matter to us if its an elaborate cake from some big hotel, a smaller cake from the great cooks aboard ship, or a cookie from an MRE, we're going to celebrate!
  • Barbary Glory, Barbary Shame

    04/28/2005 11:48:53 AM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies · 1,301+ views
    Military.com ^ | April 2005 | Barr Seitz
    Barbary Glory, Barbary Shame By Barr Seitz Two hundred years ago, seven U.S. Marines at the head of a ragtag army of European and Arab mercenaries set out on an extraordinary mission to free 300 U.S. hostages and end America's first foreign war. To do that, they first had to march almost 600 miles across the Barbary deserts of North Africa to what is the eastern part of modern-day Libya. Those were long odds for an untested Christian-Muslim army whose soldiers were as likely to kill each other as the enemy. Tripolitan War The desert expedition was a quixotic chapter...
  • How Did the United States Defeat the Barbary Pirates?

    08/15/2004 6:58:27 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 44 replies · 5,623+ views
    History News Network ^ | 9-26-01 | Nathan Williams
    Mr. Williams is a student at the University of Washington and an intern at HNN. Though a definite link has yet to be established (or publicized), it becomes more apparent with each passing day that the acts of terror on September 11 were undertaken by individuals belonging to or associated with the Al-Qaida organization. While the group has ties to the Taliban, the current ruling faction in Afghanistan, neither can really be considered a government, making war with either an unconventional one. Yet the United States is hardly unused to combating unconventional foes. While the Vietnam War and the "War...
  • Militant Islam & America: Full Circle [***Terrorism in 1786 ?*** Appeasement never works !]

    07/03/2004 9:44:36 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 29 replies · 1,192+ views
    ferguson report. ^ | 4/27/2004 | Tim Ferguson
    Militant Islam & America: Full Circle In 1784, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were commissioned by the first Congress to assemble in Paris to see about marketing U.S. products in Europe. Jefferson quickly surmised that the biggest challenge facing U.S. merchant ships were those referred to euphemistically as "Barbary pirates." They weren't "pirates" at all, in the traditional sense, Jefferson noticed. They didn't drink and chase women and they really weren't out to strike it rich. Instead, their motivation was strictly religious. They bought and sold slaves, to be sure. They looted ships. But they used their booty...
  • America and the Barbary Pirates: An International Battle Against an Unconventional Foe

    05/14/2004 9:09:39 AM PDT · by alkaloid2 · 9 replies · 274+ views
    Ruthless, unconventional foes are not new to the United States of America. More than two hundred years ago the newly established United States made its first attempt to fight an overseas battle to protect its private citizens by building an international coalition against an unconventional enemy. Then the enemies were pirates and piracy. The focus of the United States and a proposed international coalition was the Barbary Pirates of North Africa. Pirate ships and crews from the North African states of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers (the Barbary Coast) were the scourge of the Mediterranean. Capturing merchant ships and holding...
  • US-Mideast Wars: A Bitter History

    08/21/2002 10:59:58 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 9 replies · 1,038+ views
    USHistory ^ | Aug 8/2002 | Robert J. Allison
    The American encounter with Islam began long before the "Middle East" existed as a geographical region, and before the United States existed as a nation. by Robert J. Allison When the Christian kingdoms of Castille and Aragon, the nucleus of what became Spain, united and conquered the Muslim kingdom of Granada in 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella realized their goal of uniting Spain under Christian rule. They wanted to continue their holy war against Islam, chasing Muslims into North Africa. President Jefferson To wage this war, Ferdinand and Isabella needed money. Christopher Columbus's bold plan, to sail west and...