'Muslim Pirates,' then and now
'Pirates of Penzance' redo? James Zumwalt
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Soon after winning independence from England, the United States faced another war. Muslim pirates operating off North Africa's Barbary Coast were seizing U.S., as well as European, ships sailing in international waters, holding them for tribute payment or plunder.
In 1786, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, meeting in London with Tripoli's Muslim ambassador to Britain, inquired as to the reason for such Arab hostility. Acknowledging their attacks were unprovoked, the Tripoli ambassador explained it was their right and duty under the Koran as faithful Muslim followers to plunder and enslave the unfaithful - with those Muslims dying in the process going to paradise. To stop the attacks, the United States initially agreed to pay the Barbary pirates tribute, equal to about 20 percent of government revenues. Only later did an indignant United States launch two wars against them, ending in victory in 1815 and no further payments. European nations, acting individually and collectively, suppressed pirate activity as well, with the French conquest of Algiers in 1830 providing the last nail in the Barbary Pirates' coffin.
Today, Muslim pirates again sail the seas off Africa's coast. Mostly Somalis, these pirates have already attacked more than 60 ships this year in the vicinity of the Gulf of Aden - almost 5 times more than occurred all last year. Pirates gain confidence as owners prove willing to pay ransoms for the safe return of ships and crews, much like the United States first did with the Barbary Pirates.
Towards the end of the colonial arabic islamic tyranny in North Africa
...Known as the Barbary Pirates, these Muslim terrorists operated under the
protection and sponsorship of rogue Arab states. The Barbary States - modern-day
America needs you, Mr. Jefferson
Early in the history of the United States, the nation had to take on and defeat jihadist pirates. It is time to do it again.
BRITAIN’S 18,000 merchant sailors face a growing danger from pirates with links to al-Qaeda.Yes.
Attacks worldwide are up 20 per cent this year – and tourists on passenger liners are now feared to be at risk.
One of the most dangerous areas is the 1,800-mile coastline of east African country Somalia – where extremist militias with ties to Osama Bin Laden’s terror network operate unhindered.
A British skipper was seized in the area earlier this year and held hostage for 47 days by pirates demanding a £350,000 ransom.
And only this week the Japanese oil tanker Takayama came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades.
Around the world in the past year, 36 vessels have been boarded, with six crew kidnapped, three killed and one missing, presumed dead.
The modern-day pirates use high-powered motor-boats, grenade launchers and machine-guns.
British seamen’s union Nautilus wants the Government to review its policy on piracy.
Nautilus spokesman Andrew Linington said: “We are talking about sophisticated, organised, violent gangs, who jeopardise the lives of seafarers.
“The number of attacks and the level of violence are increasing.
“Sooner or later, there will be a major incident in the region.”
One notorious gang with terror links calls itself the “Somalia Coastguard”.
Mr Linington said: “Intelligence indicates gangs like the Somalia Coastguard have links to al-Qaeda.
“Unless there is action against these thugs, it amounts to a green light for a terrorist outrage.”
Muslim "PIRATES" Declare War on Japan
Today’s Barbary Pirates
Thomas Jefferson’s eternal hostility to tyranny should be our guiding light
... Muslim pirates operating off North Africa's Barbary Coast were seizing U.S.,
US Military Takes on Latter-Day Pirates ...The Barbary pirates of Jefferson's
day took advantage of vast, unpatrolled African territory and leaders that
encouraged criminality to prey on American ...
"Pirates" Hold Russian Arms Ship Hostage For $20 Million [28 Sep 2008]
...From Past Now And Then: Quote: Now, two centuries after the wars against the
Barbary corsairs, a new breed of Muslim pirate is active along the coast of
Somalia, reaching out as far as two hundred miles into the neighbouring seas to
capture ships and crews to be held for ransom. Brigitte Gabriel reports that
although Islamic Pirates prey on shipping within the Malacca Straits, the
Islamic Nations of Indonesia and Malaysia, have reused help from the United
States Navy in protecting that region.
Muslim Pirates Attacks Continue Despite UN Resolution
Kelly McEvers takes readers' questions about piracy in Indonesia ...4 Dec
2008 ... The Pirates of Indonesia Kelly McEvers takes readers' questions about
.... see female pirate leaders amongst today's modern Muslim pirates! ...
Somali pirates (strike again, after 400 attacks by Muslim pirates in 2008 on various ships) seize US ship'Maersk Alabama', it brought the attention to the "plague" of piracy in that region that has been growing for a long time, there's growing concern at the connection with Al Shabaab, Al Qeada
Somali pirates seize ship with 21 Americans onboard Apr 8, 2009 ... Somali
pirates seized a Danish-owned, US-operated container ship on Wednesday
For young Somalis, piracy offers power, prosperity
The Associated Press
There are several known pirate groups in Somalia. One is based in the southern port town of Kismayo, which is controlled by Islamic insurgents. ...
Pirates Test the 'Rule of Law' by Andrew C. McCarthy on National ...Apr 10,
2009 ... When Somali Muslim pirates raided the Alabama on Wednesday, the
U.S.-flagged cargo ship was cruising the Indian Ocean en route to Mombassa.
Lessons From the Barbary Pirate Wars
New York Times - April 11, 2009
We're talking about the Barbary Wars, about 200 years ago, when pirates from the Barbary Coast (today's Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya) hijacked ...
Somalia: Direct connections about Somali pirates and Islamic
Djibouti (HAN) April 10th, 2009 - Unied states regional based military officials and the Somalia Minister for Fisheries Professor Abdulrahman Ibbi, have found no direct ties between the Somalia Coast pirates and the International Islamic terrorist groups, such as Al-qa'ida or Al-Shabab, but continue to search for signs of links between the two factions in the wake of the Indian Ocean hostage incident; that is close of the Somali city of Kismayo, run by Al-Shabab and Al-Itihad groups. It was not clear whether officials were specifically scrutinizing the Somali pirates who boarded the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday and fled in a lifeboat after taking hostage the cargo ship's captain.
SOMALIA: Why The Pirates Are Immune From Attack
Strategy Page - Apr 9, 2009
There are over a thousand gunmen attached to pirate gangs in the north, although the group operating off the east coast pay "taxes" to al Shabaab for the ...
Navy Seals Rescue American Captain From Pirates In a daring rescue operation
on the high seas, U.S. Navy snipers killed three Somali pirates as they pointed
their weapons at Capt. Richard Phillips. The captain, who had offered himself up
as a hostage so that his crew might escape, praised the U.S. Navy Seal commandos
who executed their mission flawlessly.
Sun 12 Apr 2009 17:45 U.S. Ship Captain Rescued From Somali Muslim
Terrorists, No credit given to Navy SEALS
Our long war with Muslims and their terrorist Pirates... 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 ...
October 02, 2008
al Qaida + Pirates = Jihad on the High Seas
Al Qaida has claimed responsibility for the increased pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia this year. So far this year there have been around 60 attacks against cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden, in 2007 there was 13. The islamic pirates are currently holding up to 300 crewmen hostage and 14 cargo ships for ransom.
Somali pirates: Islamist insurgents demand weapons from hijacked ...Oct 6,
2008 ... The Islamist gunmen from the al Shabaab group opposing Somalia's weak
... British tourists narrowly avoid being captured by Somali pirates ...
U.S. been fighting Islamic fundamentalism since colonial erahttp://www.renewamerica.us/columns/fischer/090410
April 10, 2009
By Bryan Fischer
As we watch the Somali pirate incident unfold in the Middle East, it serves as a reminder that, besides 9/11, Islam has had one other shaping influence on the history of the United States: we have a navy, thanks to the sea-going Islamic thugs of Thomas Jefferson's day, the Barbary Pirates.
Even prior to our Declaration of Independence in 1776, Islamists under the control of an Ottoman warlord in Algiers were pirating American ships and enslaving their Christian crews. Thus our forefathers had early experience with state-sponsored terrorism, as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya all joined in the fun.
Prior to 1776, American ships had some measure of protection from the Royal Navy, which was replaced by French protection during the war for independence. But when that expired in 1783, U.S. ships came under attack again almost immediately, with the taking of the merchant ship Betsey by Moroccans in October of 1784.
Between 1785 and 1793, 13 American ships were captured along with 119 crewmen by Algiers alone. This was followed by the capture of the USS Philadelphia in 1804 with its crew of 307 sailors.
(As a side note, Lt. Stephen Decatur gained naval immortality by leading the USS Intrepid into the harbor of Tripoli, boarding the Philadelphia under cover of darkness and torching it, an act Admiral Horatio Nelson called "the most bold and daring act of the age." Said the pope, the Americans by this action "had done more for the cause of Christianity than the most powerful nations of Christendom have done for ages.")
Congress had begun dishing out handsome ransom payments to rescue ships and free enslaved American sailors. In other words, the first thing our forefathers tried, in responding to Islamic terrorism, was appeasement.
Two future presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, were dispatched in 1786 to London to negotiate a peace treaty with the Dey of Algiers. They reported the Dey's reason for his Islamically-inspired hostility towards America:
"[I]t was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, 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."
Does that have a familiar ring to anybody? This mindset is part of Islam, root and branch; always has been, always will.
This commitment to jihad, you will note, occurred long before American "imperialism," before any use for oil had been discovered, before there was a state of Israel, and before America had done anything to anybody. Militant jihad, then, as it does today, stems from a profoundly dangerous religious impulse that sees only the World of Islam (Dar al-Islam) and the World of War (Dar al-Harb), with the world of Islam spiritually obligated to use force to subdue the infidels and bring them to belief in Allah and his prophet.
President George Washington warned Congress in 1793, speaking of the Barbary Pirates: "If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace...it must be known that we are at all times ready for war." This speech led directly to the creation of the U.S. Navy in 1794.
Washington clearly understood one thing: the only language state sponsors of Islamic terrorism understand is force. Diplomacy, bribery and appeasement, in the end, are a fruitless waste of time and resources.
For a time, politicians at that time were as split on national defense as they are today. Some, such as John Adams and Alexander Hamilton, were pro-Navy and wanted to assert American strength abroad to secure international trade and respect. Others — including Jefferson for a time — wanted to spend money on domestic expansion rather than confronting America's enemies on distant shores.
By 1800, 20% of the annual federal budget was consumed with tribute and ransom payments to Islamists.
In total, between 1500 and 1800 over 1 million white Christians were captured by Muslims and subjected to imprisonment in fetid prisons or brutal slavery. To escape the brutality, some embraced Islam by "turning Turk."
After the Pasha of Tripoli declared war on the U.S. by cutting down the flagpole in front of the U.S. Consulate, Thomas Jefferson found his inner hawk and took us into our first war against Islamic fundamentalism.
Jefferson's instructions to his naval officers were direct: "subdue, seize and make prizes of all vessels, goods and effects belong to the Dey of Tripoli" and take whatever measures "the state of war will justify."
From May of 1801 to June of 1805, the Marines fought the battles immortalized in that familiar line from the Marine Hymn: "to the shores of Tripoli." The Mameluke sword that Marines wear on parade and at formal events today memorializes the covert land operation led by William Eaton that resulted in the capture of the second largest city in the Regency of Tripoli.
However, while Eaton engaged in his heroics, and before he could make his way to Tripoli, Jefferson negotiated a peace treaty that ended that particular war with another ransom payment and a promise from the Muslims to stop attacking U.S. ships. Jefferson declared his version of "peace in our time."
But Muslims feel no obligation to keep their word to infidels, and attacks resumed in 1807, leading to a second war against terror in 1815, under James Madison. After diplomacy and bribery once again failed, Congress issued a declaration of war, and now-Commodore Stephen Decatur quickly defeated the enemy at sea and forged a tough new treaty, "dictated at the mouth of our cannon." The power of Islamic radicalism had finally been broken.
Europeans powers were emboldened by America's courage. The Anglo-Dutch shelling of Algiers in 1816 led eventually to the colonization of Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, and by 1923 most of the Islamic world was under Christian control, with the Islamic Caliphate of the Ottoman Empire the last to fall.
Though many Muslim leaders backed Hitler — the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood is famously pictured in a photograph chatting up the Nazi leader — the pattern of Muslim defeat only began to reverse after World War II as increasing numbers of Muslim countries became independent of Christian colonial rule from 1946 through 1971.
In 1972, having shaking off the Christian yoke, Muslim terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games and hijacked a German airliner. The rest, as they say, is history.
It's a fair historical assessment to say that the end of the colonial era ushered in the era of Islamic terrorism. Because of the fundamental, dark energy in mainstream Islam to subdue the infidel by force, Islamic nations are simply incapable of governing themselves in a way that does not in the end lead to violence against non-Islamic nations.
Colonial rule by the Christian nations of the West kept this demonic energy bottled up for 250 years, but the era of independence for Muslim nations has let the beast out of the cage. He can only be driven back into his cage by force.
All cultures and all religions are not morally equivalent. President Bush was wrong and naïve to believe that the hunger for political freedom is universal and burns in every human heart...
Islam advocates the involuntary imposition of sharia law everywhere in the world, and justifies the use of jihad until all the world is subject to an Islamic caliphate. They will not rest until the crescent and star waves over the White House.
President Obama is likewise wrong and naïve to believe that Islamic nations can be appeased through diplomacy and concessions. There is simply no way to "make nice" with nations who have a spiritually inspired zeal to subdue us or destroy us. His naïveté is placing American safety and security at grave risk.
While Christianity teaches that conversion must be the uncoerced choice of the free human will, Islam teaches that conversion or submission must be imposed if necessary on the unwilling. The only choices the Koran gives to us as infidels: conversion, submission, or war.
It's quite likely that today's Somali pirates see themselves in much the same way the Barbary Pirates did: holy warriors waging al-jihad fil-bahr, the holy war at sea. As did the Barbary Pirates, they likely see themselves simply as a warrior caste righteously engaged in the mainstream Muslim doctrine of armed jihad.
Here is how the Heritage Foundation concludes its report on the history of our war with the Barbary Pirates:
"Obviously, and thankfully, not every Muslim is obligated, or even really inclined, to take up this jihad...But that does not mean they are all opposed to such a struggle any more than the choice of many Westerners not to join the police force or the armed services means they do not support those institutions.Victory in Tripoli: Lessons for the War on Terrorism
"It is very easy to chalk it all up to regional squabbles, economic depression, racism, or post-colonial nationalistic self-determinism...But as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams came to learn back in 1786, the situation becomes a lot clearer when you listen to the stated intentions and motivations of the terrorists and take them at face value."
The Colonial War Against Islam