Leather Necks: A Little History.

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Leather Necks: A Little History.

Post  Scumbuster on Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:54 pm

Subject: FW: Leather necks Here is a little history

Most Americans are unaware that over 200 years ago, the United States had
declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! At the
height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the
Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked
every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those
taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart
breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay
whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.
These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of
Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers - collectively referred to as the
Barbary Coast - and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new
American Republic. Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships
had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared
its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were
protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect
its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.
Beginning in1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas
Jefferson became America's Minister to France. That same year, the U.S.
Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the
footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States,
rather than engaging them in war.
In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dey of
Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and
simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to
any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of
a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states
into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli's ambassador to
Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and
enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards
America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.
The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman
Adja had answeredthat Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet,
that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have
acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and
duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make
slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman
(Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."

Despite of this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim
nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders,
including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and
would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years,
the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe
passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments
in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States
government annual revenues in 1800. Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly
after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in
1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment
of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed
everything. Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what
he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the
flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United
States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit.
Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for
anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by
Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet
force with force. He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the
Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson
he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to
empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli
and to "cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the
state of war would justify". When Algiers and Tunis, who were both
accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly
independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back,
they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli
lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of
the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line "to the shores of
Tripoli" in the Marine Hymn, They would forever be known as "leathernecks"
for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads
from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.
Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their
prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a
tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had
co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist
Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion
based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated
violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear
was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater
threat to the United States. This should bother every American. That
the Islams have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at
taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and
Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are
being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned
from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities. Ice cream
has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture
on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah, public
schools are pulling pork from their menus, on and on in the news
papers¦. It's death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some
refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being
waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups
to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the
Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own
throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the
Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today's America would rather be
politically correct than victorious. Any doubts, just Google Thomas
Jefferson vs the Muslim World (and Wikipedia) Happy Remembering!


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