I have commented before about America’s fight with Muslim slave-traders. Thomas Jefferson tried to buy them off but was unable to raise the funds. What we are contending with in Iraq is just the continuation of a very old war.

..In 1784 two American ships (the Maria of Boston and the Dauphine of Philadelphia) were captured, everything sold and their crews enslaved to build port fortifications. Christian slaves were preferred and forced to do degrading work and treated harshly so letters would be written home to prompt the payment of a bigger ransom.

American ships sailing in the Mediterranean chose to travel close to larger convoys of other European powers who had bribed the pirates. President Thomas Jefferson proposed a league of smaller nations to patrol the area, but the USA could not contribute. For the prisoners, Algeria wanted 60,000 dollars, America offered 4000. Jefferson said a million dollars would buy them off, but Congress would only appropriate 80,000. For eleven years Americans who lived in Algeria lived as slaves to Algerian Moors.

Continued attacks prompted the building of the United States Navy, …

This is just a small snippet of one of the best posts I have read in a while. I highly recommend reading the entire post at An Englishman’s Castle.