Muslim Piracy Has a Long History

Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli, the last of the Barbary Pirates

In light of the recent pirate attack against a US flagged oil transport ship off the coast of Nigeria where two Americans have been taken hostage, I’d like to take a moment to revisit history, rather than revisionist history.

There is nothing new about pirates attacking American ships. In fact the First Barbary War occurred from 1801 to 1805 when the US fought the Northwest African Berber Muslim states. Much like their standard operating procedures today, barbary pirates attacked American merchant shipping vessels to capture sailors and then demand ransom for their return.

Before the formal independence of the United States, our shipping was protected by France. Our US Minister to France at the time, Thomas Jefferson, sent envoys to Morocco and Algeria to seek a diplomatic solution to the piracy. Sound familiar? While diplomacy was successful with Morocco, it was not so with Algeria.

In July of 1785, Algeria captured two American schooners and all four Barbary Coast states demanded $660,000 each in ransom to prevent further piracy. To put that into perspective, this amount equaled about one-sixth of the entire US budget – about the same percentage as our current healthcare budget. In fact, the continuing demands for ransom eventually led to the formation of the US Navy. And eventually we sent the Marines to crush the Barbary States in Tripoli.

Sadly today, we are reading captured pirates Miranda rights and giving them a day in US court. I prefer the negotiating tactic of US Navy SEAL Snipers displayed during the rescue of the Maersk Alabama’s Captain Phillips.

Unfortunately we are currently in the process of degrading our maritime force, especially the Marines — but at least they’ll have cute new unisex hats. I’m certain that is scaring the Muslim pirates of today. Then as now, the best way to deal with Muslim pirates is to find their base of operations and kill them. They’ll get the message.

72 COMMENTS

  1. It is sad that our country has voted in TWICE an individual who has never served our country in any of our military services. He has made us a laughing stock as a nation on foreign policy, a mockery of our Constitution, and now is determined to embarrass and shame the pride of our military. As a USAF Vet I am disgusted, appalled, ashamed, and frustrated that this guy is still President and hasn’t been impeached yet.

      • So how about some foundation for this “claim” that Obama stole the election?
        Say the Cook Co vote was rigged and that gave Illinois to Obama.
        Illinois was 20 electoral votes. Last time I checked He won by 126 electoral votes.
        Unless, of course, it’s a massive conspiracy in all 26 states he won.
        I’m sure I can find that video on YouTube!

  2. We not only killed them sir. We did things that they did not want to happen to prevent others from doing the same thing. And it WORKED!!!

  3. “America’s struggle with the terror of Muslim piracy from the Barbary states began soon after the 13 colonies declared their independence from Britain in 1776, and continued for roughly four decades, finally ending in 1815…. Very simply put, the Barbary pirates were committed, militant Muslims who meant to do exactly what they said.”

    Great article by Joshua London in National Review, Dec.2005: “America’s Earliest Terrorists” — http://old.nationalreview.com/comment/london200512160955.asp

  4. During a Muslim uprising in the Philippines, I believe it was either Black Jack Pershing or Admiral Dewey who buried enemy KIA’s with pig carcasses. That stopped the uprising REAL quick!

    • I wish it was true, but no Gen Pershing was said to lace the bullets of the firing squad with pigs blood. told them all of this and let one live to tell the story. He had no troubles after that day with the Muslim populous after that.

  5. Did you ever wonder why these savages have a special love for capturing Americans.?
    They know the US government will kiss their butts ,feed ,cloth and nurture them.If sentenced to prison,it will be like paradise to them.
    You laugh at Canada,call us all kinds of nasty names,like socialist (our government is more conservative then you Americans can dream of) but when we capture them ,we read them their rights (you have the right to remain silent,get a lawyer,then we are going to slam your ass in jail and let the population know that you are a threat to all Canadians ,How much fun do you think they will have in A Canadian prison?99% of their time will be spent in solitary confinement.Whith in one day of their release we deport them back to the sewer they came from.And we dont apologize to any pc correct government or citizen.In including that mulatto in the white house.
    Thank you for letting me rant .Have a great day and make sure you sign up for Obamascare.
    Oh yeah ,and grab your ankles when your get signed up ..

    • I think I love you! or at least your post very well written and perfect. Thank you I hope others read it too because you sure do tell it like it is.

    • While your post is very good, and makes valid points, division amongst our citizens, and our long time allies is a specialty of the current administration…whom we did not elect. Please realize and fully understand…MOST, if not ALL of the TRUE AMERICANS do NOT laugh at Canada, or ANY of our long-time alies…only those who follow blindly the current administration do because they are, unfortunately sorely lacking in the ability to think independently. So please, unless you wish to mimic this administration (which I will assume you do not) please refrain from making any such blanket statements in the future. Thank you.

    • Laura, if that is true, why do the “good” muslims not protest against the radicals? Where is the outrage on their part? If you listen, all you hear is crickets.

      • Wait until the reach 5% of the population, they will and when they reach 10% they start acting up and when they reach 20% they will start looting and murdering and raping …….. all against non Islamic people. Right now keep your eye on Michigan where they have close to 5% already

      • They do not speak out because they are told that anyone doing anything against Islam should die. They seem good and nice because the Koran tells them that they can lie, steal, cheat and do anything, ANYTHING, as long as it is in the furtherance of Islam. I lived in the Middle East and discussed this with many Muslims and this is what they are taught. They are to blend in until Jihad is called, then they are obligated to be 100% obedient to the teachings of Islam, this includes killing those who disagree with their view of how the world should be.

    • Though not all terrorists are Muslims but as you can see those pirates were practicing Islam, which brings us to conclusion that majority of terrors around the world are Muslim or Islam related!

      • Since 630 AD when Islam started they practiced piracy on the waters of the Mediterranean. It was so intense that many historians believe that it caused the Economic Collapse in Europe during the middle ages up until the Renaissance.

      • is that all? So your saying that since 630 AD Islam followers have been committing acts of terrorism one the ocean too

    • I am friends with a group of people who meet monthly for dinner and fellowship. About 1/2 of the group are people from Iran, all Muslims who have fled their home country because they converted to Christianity. Their stories could curl your hair. But more importantly, one of the American women is host mother to college students from the middle east. Saudi Arabia mostly, but other countries also. At one dinner, I was in conversation with one of the muslim students. I asked him point blank if his Imam called Jihad would he kill me. He kind of skirted the issue until I asked him again. He finally answered me that he would have to. Nice young man sharing dinner with me and sleeping in my friends house. Nope, not all terrorists are muslim, but when a muslim hears the call to Jihad, all muslims will become terrorists.

    • Since 630 AD when Islam started they practiced piracy on the waters of the Mediterranean. It was so intense that many historians believe that it caused the Economic Collapse in Europe during the middle ages up until the Renaissance. Islam has been on the offensive since it’s inception almost 1,400 years ago. Whereas Christianity has been on the Defensive ever since

  6. When Thomas Jefferson had a copy of the Koran translated he was reported as saying this is a very dangerous book. Indeed his words are quite prophetic.

    • “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” 9:29

      “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” 9:5

      “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.” 3:56

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/023-violence.htm

      • ahhhh i see some selective posting there, funny how you’ve just got the quotes about times of war, what about…

        “Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians,
        and the Sabians — whoever believes in God and the Last Day and does
        good, they shall have their reward from their Lord. And there will be no
        fear for them, nor shall they grieve” (2:62)

        “…and nearest among them in love to the believers will you find those
        who say, ‘We are Christians,’ because amongst these are men devoted to
        learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not
        arrogant” (5:82)

        “O you who believe! Be helpers of God — as Jesus the son of Mary said
        to the Disciples, ‘Who will be my helpers in (the work of) God?’ Said
        the disciples, ‘We are God’s helpers!’ Then a portion of the Children of
        Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved. But We gave power to those
        who believed, against their enemies, and they became the ones that
        prevailed” (61:14).

        “The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of God, and the Christians call Christ the
        son of God. That is but a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but
        imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. God’s curse be on them;
        how they are deluded away from the Truth! They take their priests and
        their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of God, and (they take
        as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary. Yet they were commanded to
        worship but One God: there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him!
        (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him)”
        (9:30-31).

  7. A few things of note that are inaccurate in your post, though Jefferson was the minister to france, this was long after the declaration of independence was signed. Also it was not Jefferson who originally met with them but Adams, additionally we were not the only ones who paid the ransom, and before the revolutionary war it was not france, but Britain who defended our ships. Additionally the navy was formed during the Adams administration and was heavily opposed by Jefferson and Madison. This navy and the army that went with it were formed to oppose the French in the faux war that occurred in the Adams administration due to the XYZ affair.

    • Apparently you are reciting REVISIONIST HISTORY. Read the dates and read the WORDS SLOWLY & CAREFULLY: BEFORE FORMAL INDEPENDENCE…

      In March 1785, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to London to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman (or Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). When they enquired “concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury”, the ambassador replied:

      It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once….

      • Even before formal independence was enacted, Britain still continued to protect our trade. Additionally Jefferson was not at the meeting, only Adams. Adams was the official envoy to Britain, Jefferson rarely had dealing in the proceedings, having read numerous biographies that predate any “revisionist” claims maybe you should stop pretending that what you are writing is true.

      • PC-BS. You are clearly the REVISIONIST, read your own comments. Your dates are way off so are your comments. You reveal yourself in your comments. Jefferson was there and he wrote letters about it.

        IT is what it is.

    • Go read the NYPost report on this, it right in line with that link that you posted about 0bama issuing the order:
      nypost.com/2013/10/23/obama-wants-marines-to-wear-girly-hats/

      IT is also in the UK, Australia and World Wide NewsMedia/Press.

      • magi52-Gee why didn’t you use this story?
        http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2013/10/new-marine-corps-hat-draws-complaints-president-obama-has-nothing-do-it
        It case you choose not to read the story let me include these.
        -“The President in no way, shape, or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover,” Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Maureen Krebs told Business Insider. “We’re looking for a new cover for our female Marines for the primary reason that the former manufacturer went out of business. The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.”
        -…the President does not have a say. Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos is the person who would have to approve the change.

        Oh my a story with a names attached to it, yet you chose to post a link to a story that is full of
        -one senior Marine source
        -Marine brass noted in an internal memo
        Not a single name attached to the story
        No information about this directive from the President.

        So this in interesting
        one story says this
        -A memo states that the new covers will cost $8,221,958, saving the Marines $284,043 since they will not have to buy the more expensive female covers.
        and the other story says this
        -…all troops to use the Daly cover will cost $8,221,958. Going with the traditional cap will save $284,043, because the current female caps are more expensive.
        So they do both say that the new hats will save a quarter of a million dollars. That ought to buy a bullet or two.

        Somewhere out there is the truth. Now I’ll bet the truth is somewhere between these two stories and if I was posting I’d post both but if I was only going with one, I’d use the one with names attached to it not the infamous “unnamed source.”

      • Yea, but when Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, who is the person who would have to approve the change, doesn’t go for it he will join the rest of our top brass that have been kicked to the curb over the past few months.

      • OH yes Richard, I will surely take the word of someone that writes a post/article in “The celebrity cafe” over one in “Stars and Stripes”! I think I will trust the article that is written by someone in the Department of Defense.

      • Actually you can go web search it and find many military links that actually have the same news in it. Today is the deadline day to make the decision. Learn how to research many sources and comprehend what is being said.

    • Did you read the whole article? “The Marine Corps also has been asked by the DoD to find a unisex option for a dress and service cover” you may have missed this line. OK yes it said that the female hat maker is going out of business. And the story it false, but to change the cover to be the same as the woman cap, oh so wrong.

      My money is that Gen. James Amos turns down the new cover to keep the Daly cover and he will be the next in line looking for a new job.

  8. I’m looking for information about the ‘adventure cruises’. They offer cruises up and down the African coast looking to attract pirates. All passengers are issued semi-automatic weapons. The passengers with the top 10 number of kills win a second cruise for free, with the proviso that you cannot win more than one free cruise in any 12 month period.

    • While this strategy would be a dramatic improvement over Washington’s current policy of appeasement & wishful thinking, it’s still (no offense intended at all) a pathetic and self-destructive half-measure. Why put one American at risk? Just strike the theocrats of Iran & Saudi Arabia from great distance, explain that we did it to make them give up their goal of state-imposed religion, and declare that any government who aids, harbors, or funds attacks on Americans will receive the same fate. The jihadist threat would be over in a matter of days if we had the self-esteem to end it.

  9. the president needs to hear the marine corps song and he will know how to deal with pirates and leave our dress covers alone!!!!

  10. All persons deserve rights, I am a believer in the right of “an eye for and eye”. You can’t negotiate with those who want nothing more than your death. We as a country need to stop coddling those who seek to do us harm and return in kind. Thank you Allen for being a Patriot and a true American.

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  12. Some date facts are in error. The Navy was formed as the Continental Navy on Oct 13, 1775, it was disbanded after the Revolutionary War. It was ordered by Congress that a new Navy be formed in 1789 monitored by the War Department with the building of 6 new Frigates in 1794 and then Congress established the U.S. Navy on 30 April, 1798. I don’t doubt the validity of this article, but the dates don’t jive with the facts.

  13. My previous post should have included the following link for verification. http://www.history.navy.mil/birthday.htm‎.
    On a side note, the last paragraph is completely false concerning the “cute new unisex hats”.
    The Commandant of the Marine Corps has announced that there is no changes to the headgear
    concerning men’s covers. The female headgear is in question due to the manufacturer going out
    of business. The media released incorrect information in their haste to broadcast “Breaking News”.

  14. Facts of history: Muslims have murdered and tortured more people than any other society, group, or country in the entire history of the whole world!

    • You forget the genocide of the indians and the enslavement of the africans? what about the nuking of hiroshima and nagasaki? it seems some of you have a selective memory, but i guess thats part of the brainwashing…

  15. Thanks for letting people in on a little unpopular history. If you want to learn more, read Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800 by Robert C. Davis. It’s an eye opener.

  16. Do what is necessary to end the jihadist threat–permanently. No politicians are even advocating for ending the threat. They all accept that the conflict is unwinnable. If we cripple ourselves with “just war theory” and “rules of engagement” that sacrifice our soldiers and citizens to our enemies, then of course the conflict will be unwinnable for us. The goal should be to do whatever it takes to compel our enemies to *completely and permanetly give up their goals* just like the Nazis, Japanese imperialist Shintos, and slavers gave up after suffering resounding defeats. And we must do it all with *minimal risk* to our soldiers and citizens.

  17. Mr.West has the right idea.I hope this gentleman runs for President.He is a good man.for the job.I will vote for him,in a heartbeat.

  18. Wow, those hats scare me so much, I’m a quakin’ in ma boots…
    Nope, don’t think those hats are gonna scare them as much as they scare us/US. What a load of complete & utter crap! We only mirandize folks in the US. C’mon folks, if you are on US soil, mirandization is mandatory…outside of US jurisdiction, blow the suckers outta the water & have done w/it!

  19. Today’s history lesson was brought to you courtesy of Retired Lt Col Allen West.
    Lessons obama needs will be brought to him courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.

  20. as I recall there was a similar situation in the Philippines some years back, maybe around 1900’s. The General representing USA interest put down the Islamic rebellion by covering those killed and captured in pigs blood. Seems this is worse than death and soon the rebellion failed as they feared the pig more than the gun. Perry comes to mind but not sure it was him. Clever !

  21. Mr West needs a history lesson. Neither the Navy nor the Marines “crushed” Tripoli! What a load of crap. Before Presley O’Bannon’s Marines made it past Derna, Jefferson negotiated a treaty with the Pasha of Tripoli, in which we paid them a large sum of money. In return, the fighting and piracy ceased, and the American POWs were released. Yes, the victories of our Navy & Marines pressured Tripoli to the negotiating table, but the author implies that we resolved the conflict by simply destroying the enemy, which is simply not true. We paid them off. If you would like to present an argument based on historical fact, please do some dagone research first. That is all I ask.

  22. Now its a two sided argument, stumbled on this link… all i read here is comments from uneducated american conservative zionists banging on about how they know the world over when they cease to see the american governmental regime from an outsiders perspective (non-american perspective, or alien as you people may put it).
    The new world, so to speak, was the newly found americas by colonialists, your “forefathers” as you would say, the same ones who displaced millions upon millions of africans from their native lands, used them for free labour to build up their empire, displaced the entire native american population into the north, not to mention the rape and torture in which these people suffered. So the new world order is the order in which supporters of the new world regime wish to see the state of the earth. Land of the free? is that some kind of sick joke?? have any of you actually done your research on who is running your country? Skull and bones? 322? while they’ve got you all brainwashed and looking for an enemy, they’re laughing at you because now you are the slaves, bowing down to them and their policy, their regime, sheeple! Why is it that you cant do your own research based on fact and not opinion? Or maybe alot of you like someone else to do the thinking for you because if you think then its going against your regimes orders to only do. Read up on how the CIA gave nazi scientists safe-haven in the US after the second world war, and how they brought their “knowledge” acquired during human medical experiments with them, and how the US government pardoned crimes against humanity for their own sick gains. Black Hawk, Apache, Chinook – The US army is the only country in the world that commercially uses the names of genocide victims on their helicopters. Maybe its time for you people to wake up…

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