U.S.A.’s 1st. War on Islamic Terrorists

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The first U. S. War on Islamic Terrorists was the war against the Barbary Pirates (1801-1805). In the Mediterranean, Muslim pirates attacked, hijacked, and sunk American merchant and passenger vessels. At first, like the Europeans, the Americans paid cash and supplies as tribute to these Muslim terrorists who captured civilians (men, women, and children) on these ships and turned them into slaves. Finally, Americans had had enough and sent battleships and the first Marines into Tripoli to end the terrorism. At the end of a cannon and bayonets, naval peace was established in the Mediterranean. A quote from Victory in Tripoli by Joshua E. London.  Pope Pius VII declared, “The American commander, with a small force in a short space of time, has done more for the cause of Christianity than the most powerful nations of Christendom have done for ages.” The above picture is a rendering of a battle during that Barbary War on Terror describing the heroic efforts of (soon to be made captain) Stephen Decatur the youngest navel captain in U.S. Navel History.

Marine Anthem:

From the Halls of Montezuma
to the Shores of Tripoli. We will fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.                First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean. We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

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