Born to Fight Pirates
...offered by Dn. James Ferrenberg, a sinner at 7:53 AM [+]
Indeed the US Navy and Marine Corp were so. Ah, the lessons of history. The article misses this telling portion of the story, which also reads oddly familiar. When Jefferson and met with Tripoli's ambassador in London, they asked him why the Barbary Pirates were praying on US Shipping and citizens. The Bin Laden-esque response was: "it was written in the Koran, that all Nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon whoever they could find and to make Slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise."
Somethings never change.
From the Admiralty:
Pirates off the coast of Somalia, intent on bringing Jihad into those waters.
Sink, Burn, or Take them a prize!
HUZZAH (3x) for the USS Arleigh Burke and Porter!
And one little rant: despite what Jack Sparrow and his most recent movie might lead you to believe, Pirates are bad guys. Really bad guys.