> Why the Marine Hymn Contains the Verse "To the Shores of
> A very interesting bit of American history
> Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over
> two hundred 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 in
> 1784, 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 Dye 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
> The two future presidents reported that
> Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had
> answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of
> their Prophet, that it was written in their
> Quran that all nations who would 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 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 thugery
> 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 right 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, and
> 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
> Muslims 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 and on and on….
> 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 America's leaders would
> rather be politically correct than victorious!
> Any doubts, just Google "Thomas Jefferson vs. the Muslim