BARBARY PIRATES AND THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY

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Dear Friends of LIFA:

Americans need to learn who they are and who their enemy is to win the wars our country becomes engaged in. (Sun Tzu, The Act of War). We are fighting an information war right now as our children are being taught a different American history from the one their parents and grandparents learned. The passage below depicts just some of the struggle’s countries encountered in past centuries to keep their citizens from becoming slaves. (Written by Richard G. Lee and copyrighted in 2008.)

“The Barbary pirates were Muslim pirates who operated from modern day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, from the time of the Crusades until the early nineteenth century.  They often made raids on European coastal towns to capture Christian slaves to sell at slave markets in places such as Algeria and Morocco.  It is estimated that from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, pirates captured 1 million to 1.25 million Europeans as slaves. France, England, and Spain each lost thousands of ships in these attacks, and long stretches of coast in Spain and Italy were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants.

In 1783, the United States won its freedom from the British monarchy which had been paying tribute money to the pirates, and in 1784 the first American ship was seized by pirates from Morocco.  Two more ships were seized in 1785 by Algeria.  In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, then the ambassadors to France and Britain respectively, met with the Libyan ambassador to Britain, Sidi Adja, asking why his government was hostile to American ships.  The ambassador’s response, which was reported to the Continental Congress, stated that it was their right “to plunder and enslave.”

After some serious debate over what to do, the United States chose to fight the pirates of Barbary rather than pay tribute, as did all the other nations who traded in the Mediterranean Sea.  The decision was bold and the United States Navy was born in March 1794.  Six frigates were authorized, and this new military presence helped lead to the two Barbary Wars along the North African coast: the First Barbary War from 1801 to 1805 and the Second Barbary War in 1815, Naval victories in 1815 ended tribute payments by the U.S., although some European nations continued annual payments until the 1830s.  The tiny United States Navy broke a pattern of international blackmail and terrorism dating back more than one hundred and fifty years. The actions of the United States Marine Corps in these wars let to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the opening of the Marine Hymn.  Due to the hazards of boarding hostile ships, Marine’s uniforms had a leather high collar to protect against cut-glass slashes.  This led to the nickname Leathernecks for U.S. Marines.”

This historical account illustrates:   1) The horror of slavery visited people of all races.

2) The newly born United States of America fought alone against the evil slave trade of north Africa.

The United States may not have a perfect history, but it has always borne citizens that strived to correct the wrongs and make our country better.  Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King are examples.  Sadly, both paid with their lives for their admirable quest to end racism.

In 2020 we pray for a united Christian America of every race that will look forward, recognize the threat, and defeat the most devastating foe countries around the world have ever faced.  Socialism/Communism.  They are already showing their lawlessness, intimidation, violence, and invulnerability to consequences for breaking laws.

The Enemy Within believes that their rise to power and call for the destruction and transformation of our way of life is “fait accompli” (a done deal).

The way to resist them is to vote on Nov. 3rd for those who love America and want to keep us free. Here is a helpful link to IVoter Guide.   https://ivoterguide.com/

Any donation you can give to get the word out and help save America would be very much appreciated.

Respectfully,

Amapola Hansberger

President,

Legal Immigrants for America

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