Monday, March 20, 2006

US Navy Fights Islamic Pirates Off The Coast Of Somalia.

Here is another story about pirates attacking ships off the coast of Somalia. CNN reports that 2 US Navy ships skirmished with a group of pirates off the coast of Somalia, killing one and wounding five. No US Sailors were injured.

The news story also says that pirate hijackings are common off the eastern African coast and that they usually target UN World Food Program vessels carrying relief food for the millions of people affected by the drought.

Isn’t it interesting that the media did not identify Somalia as being an Al Qaeda Muslim strong hold and report that the pirates were Muslim? Uh, Oh….there is that forbidden “M” word. Were not allowed to identify them as Muslims any more, it might give the religion a bad name or something.

Anyways, this is nothing new off the coast of Africa. Muslim pirates have been attacking innocent vessels off the coast of Somalia for ages. As early as the 1800s Muslims of North Africa, known as the Barbary Pirates, were committing terrorist acts seizing American ships and cargo and selling the crews into slavery. They offered to stop only if America paid “tribute.”

An attempted peace treaty stated “that American Christians traveling with a nation that is at war with Tripoli, neither he nor his goods shall be taken.”

Of course Tripoli did not honor the treaty, as the Koran forbade making treaties with “infidels” so Thomas Jefferson sent in the Marines.

On February 16, 1804, in what Horatio Nelson described as the “most bold and daring act of the age,” LT Stephen Decatur sailed his ship, the Intrepid, at night into the pirate harbor of Tripoli, burned pirate ships and escaped unharmed under fierce enemy fire. The Marines then captured the Muslim stronghold and forced them to make peace on US terms.

Amazing the lessons you can learn from history. Of course they do not teach this stuff in schools.

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