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September 10, 2007

A 200-year-old lesson on 9/11

A 200-year-old lesson on 9/11
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by Chuck Norris

With the 6th anniversary of 9/11 among us, as well as the imminent report on the status of the war from Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, America continues to face the fallout and frontlines of the war on terror.

Despite debates over the success of surges and the truths behind 9/11, one of the most significant deliberations remains how many Americans are still in denial about the depth and breath of extremists' hatred for our nation, liberties and way of life. Do people really think ceasing a war in Iraq will quench their fire to destroy our country?

Radical Muslims' guile existed far before 9/11, and it will be there far after an Iraqi war. In fact, it was apparent from the beginning of our nation, as seen in the Barbary Powers Conflict, a confrontation between the five Barbary nations (Tripoli, Turkey, Tunis, Algiers and Morocco) and what they considered the "Christian nations" (England, Denmark, France, Spain and the new United States).

Though I am not a historian or a military strategist, I believe now is a good time to recall this 200 year-old lesson on extremist Muslim-American relations.

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Diplomacy lessons from long ago

While I am neither an alarmist nor a pessimist, I do believe we need to hear the voice of our Forefathers before it is too late. They cry out from the Barbary Powers Conflict in hope of imparting some wisdom to us. As the adage goes, we will either learn from history's mistakes or be doomed to repeat them.

1. Muslim extremists have always had a disdain for America. Before America was a new nation, Muslim extremists hated the West. When America was born, she was aligned with the Western ("Christian") countries and therefore became an enemy of them as well.

2. Negotiations and treaties don't work with extremists and terrorists. Our primary problem today, again like back then, is not our lack of international relations or communications. Seeking to clear misperceptions about America might work with some, but not radicals and terrorists. Tribute and treaties are only a temporary temperance at best; they didn't stop them from declaring war against us, and they won't stop them now. In the Barbary Conflict we caved into their demands and empowered them in so doing. Paying them only encouraged further attacks. Negotiating with extremists and those who harbor and support them is still bad international business.

3. Once a religious war, always a religious war. Whether justified as vengeful sentiment for the Crusades or not, Islamo-fascism cannot see any argument or altercation with the West outside the lens of a religious one.

4. The best defense is a good offense. For 30 years, from roughly 1785 through 1815, America fought by sea and land Muslim extremists in the form of pirate slave traders. Today, that fight continues with Muslim pirates who capture our planes and use them as weapons.

In a post-9/11 age of globalization, multi-ethnic societies and possible suitcase nukes, containment is impossible. Pre-emption is still our best solution. Our offense must be as strong as our defense. It took military might, leadership ingenuity and fortitude, and national perseverance to win the day against those Muslim extremists 200 years ago. And it will take the same today. If it took our Forefathers 30 years to resolve the Muslim-American conflict then, do we think we can settle it in six?

Nothing new under the sun

Years before 9/11, we tragically forgot these and other similar history lessons, dropping our guard to a monumentally shocking end. When 3,000 innocent American citizens were brutally murdered by parasitic pirate counterparts, we were delivered a devastating wakeup call. We relearned the same lessons from the Barbary Powers Conflict: that despite negotiations and even bribes, Muslim extremists are still engaged with America in a jihad or holy war.

Islamo-facism continues to seek to rob us of our liberties, cripple us by fear and destroy our country. Proof is found by simply asking how many of us will still not fly on 9/11. They've stolen a day of liberty from our calendar. Let's not allow them to seize another.

And they won't – as long as we stay resilient, learn from the lessons of history and remember the God of 911, Psalm 91:1 that is, for "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."

Above all, this truth still stands, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12).

Wild Thing's comment.......

I thought this good, I didn't know that Chuck Norris wrote a column. Anyway I hope you find it interesting as I did.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 10, 2007 12:55 AM


OBL declared jihad on the Jews, Crusaders and our allies in February, 1998. Islamomaniac Ramzi Yousef and his arab wackos detonated a van of explosives in the WTC parking garage on Feb. 26, 1993 in hopes of bringing the twin towers down, killing tens of thousands. And at this time six years ago, Mohamad Atta and his 18 islamomaniacs were soon to board AA11, UF175, AA77 and UF93, in hopes of killing tens of thousands of Americans, Jews and allies... and the USA and President George W. Bush are the... bad guys?
GOD save this great nation before it's too late! - John 15:13

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 10, 2007 04:38 AM

Once you give the bully in school your lunch money, he'll keep coming back for it. The only way to stop it is to fight back. Once the bully knows your willing to fight for what's yours, he'll look to those who won't fight and leave you alone. The problem in America is we have those (democraps) who are always willing to give the bully his lunch money as they believe nothing is worth fighting for.

Posted by: BobF at September 10, 2007 08:53 AM

Oh, BTW, Chuck Norris served in the US Air Force.

Posted by: BobF at September 10, 2007 08:55 AM

Great find Chrissie, Chuck touched on one fact that has escaped most American people,including Mutha Murtha. From 1785 to 1800 the United States Congress allocated money for payment of tribute to the Barbary pirates with Captain William Bainbridge paying tribute to the Dey. In 1785, when the Dey of Algiers took two American ships hostage and demanded $60,000 US in ransom for their crews. Then-ambassador to France Thomas Jefferson argued that conceding the ransom would only encourage more attacks. His objections fell on the deaf ears. The U.S. paid Algiers the ransom, and continued to pay up to $1 million per year over the next 15 years for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. Payments in ransom and tribute to the privateering states amounted to 20 percent of United States government annual revenues in 1800.
In 1786 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli's envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman or (Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). They asked him by what right he extorted money and took slaves. Jefferson reported to Secretary of State John Jay, and to the Congress:
The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet (Mohammed), that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered 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 Mussulman (or Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to heaven.

The USS Enterprise defeated the 14-gun Tripolitan corsair Tripoli, after a fierce but one-sided battle on August 1, 1801. With none of her crew being injured, Enterprise released the battered pirate in shame into Tripoli under a single old sail. That battle raged for 5 years and was fought and won by our Navy and Marines, another bit of Marine history that escaped John Murtha, just like the present Muslim threat he ignores. You see, we have been at war with these bullies ( SOB's) for over 200 years and there is only one way to stop them.

Posted by: Jack at September 10, 2007 10:22 AM

A good write by Chuck Norris. A good comment by Jack. They certainly give historical insight to the infinite timelife of the moslem problem. How long will this war last? Probably as long as there is one moslem alive.

Posted by: TomR at September 10, 2007 12:11 PM

It is amazing that it would slip murtha's mind because as part of the History and Tradition Class at PI, that is included as Marine Corps history.

Also the Lt. in charge was, of course, Irish. Presley O'Bannon led the Marines. They of course were outnumber and this is where the 'one shot, one kill' gained significant importance.

This of course is basic history and murtha conveniently forgot, or perhaps didn't fit his agenda. Disgusting when a congressman will distort the truth just to further his own agemda. But lets call a spade a spade that man Murhta is just a flat out liar.

From what I have been reading General Hagee doesn't have much use for him either.

Posted by: Mark at September 10, 2007 12:29 PM

Awesome article Chucky! I checked out his other articles. They are cool! He's the man!

Posted by: Ricky Andrews at September 10, 2007 12:43 PM

A good lesson but one lost by many voting products of a decayed public school system where "feeling good" and multi-culturalism trumps learning the difference between good and evil.

Posted by: Les at September 10, 2007 08:55 PM

Darth, thanks for the verse. Prayers each day for our country.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2007 11:13 PM

Bob your right, they believe nothing is worthwhile fighting for. They would rather put their efforts in taking apart the good things about this country.

Thanks for telling me Chuck Norris served in the Airforce, I didn't know that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2007 11:17 PM

Jack,thank you so much wow.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2007 11:21 PM

Tom, I think your right.

What I find interesting is how their agenda has gone in to the fast lane after being around for so long. No longer peridioc attacks, not it is on a daily basis. Maybe because of the tremendous growth of their cult so more people to do more damage.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2007 11:29 PM

Mark, that is really shameful for Murtha to have that knowledge and to lie like that.

I would love for this history to be taught in all our schools. Like say a class on our military and why it has been so important to our country and the world.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2007 11:33 PM

Ricky,thank you so much for that link to his archive of articles.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2007 11:34 PM

Les that's true, it is shameful how our schools have dumbed down and changed history as well.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2007 11:36 PM