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199 years ago Thomas Jefferson took unilateral action against the
Barbary Pirates--then the Terrorists of the World. He did
it in opposition to Europe, just as President Bush is facing off
against Saddam Hussein. Jefferson created the Legacy of
Unilateral Action, not to dominate the world, but to act as a Father
of Global Vigilance. Find out how President Bush and
Thomas Jefferson stand in the same Light of Vigilance.
7, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 541
Tripoli--199 Years of Legacy For
America To Take Unilateral Action Against Terrorists
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Mar. 7--The Beast of
Terror isn't a new foe. He's been around since the dawn of time,
and America's been fighting him unilaterally for about as long as our
nation has been formed.
Americans and global citizens who think
President George Bush's attitude toward Saddam Hussein is "new and
different" need a lesson in history. President Bush is following
a long history of American will power to stand up to Terrorism when
other nations stick their heads in the sand and pay such Terrorists
believes and History proves he has a Constitutional responsibility to protect America
and ultimately the world from Terrorism
night, for example, President Bush told a press conference that he had
a Constitutional responsibility to protect the American people from
Terrorism. He added that he didn't need permission from
the "world" to act out that duty. What he didn't say was that he
was walking in Thomas Jefferson's footprints, and his actions were a
carbon copy of Jefferson's 199 years ago.
In 1804 Jefferson launched a "war" against the
Barbary Pirates. They were the world's "Terrorists" of their
time, forcing Europe and America to bow to their demands or suffer
As America was
gestating into a nation, Terrorism was already gnawing big chunks out
our underbelly. The Terrorists were like hungry seals, biting just the
belly out of the fat tuna and leaving the rest. The meanest of them
were the Barbary Coast Pirates, located in the North African states of
Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco and Algiers.
European and American ships came
under attack by them constantly. To avoid the terror of having
ships sunk or citizens put in prison and tortured, tribute was paid to
appease the Pirates. It was simple extortion, a common
ploy of any Terrorist. "Pay me or I'll kill you and your
The Barbary Coast Terrorists used the same
Tools of Terror the hijackers did on Nine Eleven--Fear, Intimidation
Tribute to the Barbary Pirates prior to Thomas Jefferson
America's independence, England helped pay the extortion money to
protect its colony's shipping along the coast. After gaining
independence, America was on its own. France and England were
the appeasers, opting to feed the Terrorists with bounty rather than
Because America had a fledgling
navy and could barely defend its own borders, President Washington was
reluctant to wage war against the Barbary Pirates. He
directed his ministers in France at the time, Thomas Jefferson and
John Adams, to pay the pirates tribute. Jefferson was opposed to
Washington's policy and pleaded to take action against the Barbary
Terrorists. His point was they wouldn't stop bleeding the nation
of its funds, or Terrorizing its citizens with threat of death,
imprisonment, torture and often execution.
Jefferson was violently opposed
to the extortion, but America did not have the resources at the time
to engage itself in war across the sea, so the blood money was given
to the Terrorists. It included barter, and would be paid
in gunpowder which Jefferson knew was fueling the Barbary Pirates
"weapons of mass destruction," i.e. its cannons.
When Jefferson was elected President,
he had enough.
The Consul of
Tunis rallied the troops for a surprise attack on the enemy
He sent a
contingent of U.S. Marines (six, including its leader, Lt. Presely
O'Bannon) with a man named William Eaton. Eaton has been
assigned to placate the demands of tribute by the Bey of Tunisia.
The Barbary Pirates were extorting millions of dollars. They
received thousands of dollars for each gun salute to American ships, a
convoluted way to extract tribute under the guise of a welcome.
Eaton's plan to end the Terrorism was
to create a regime change, and remove the Dey of Tripoli, Bashaw
Yosuf, with his brother, Hemet, whom Bashaw Yosuf had deposed.
Hemet had fled for his life.
By aligning the U.S. with the outcast
brother, when the regime shifted, Eaton's plan was to form an alliance
with the new leader (who, remember, was the original leader before
being rousted from power by his brother). This U.S. stance
against the despots of the area would signal the other Barbary Coast
nations to cease their aggressions. Europe had refused to help,
favoring to pay the tribute. America was on its own.
Eaton and the Marines, joined by
Greek and local forces, trudged over 400 miles of desert and attacked
the city. They were outnumbered 10-1, but took command as the
defenders fled when they charged screaming and shouting like banshees
Eventually, the Barbary Pirates were
emasculated. Their power over others through the use of Terror
O'Bannon, the Marines fought and took possession of the enemy's
battery, raised the American flag and turned its fire on the enemy
America had taken
a unilateral stand against a foreign threat to their citizens.
Hundreds of American prisoners were released from prisons where they
had been held hostage and order was restored.
Little support was offered to America
during this confrontation from England and France, both major victims
of the Pirates, and America was the driving force to clear the
Terrorists who threatened both these continents.
What this icon of history speaks to
is a legacy of American unilateralism against those who threaten not
just the security of the United States and its citizens, but also the
security of the world.
Last night American reporters grilled
President Bush on a nationally televised press conference regarding
his "lack of foreign diplomacy." Questions were hurled at him
suggesting his abrasive and aggressive attitude toward acting "alone,"
implying his unilateralism was insulting the global community who,
prior to the U.S. forcing the issue, were Complacent about Saddam
The reporters slinging
questions at President Bush as though they were David and he Goliath,
perhaps haven't read, or perhaps forgot the legacy of American
Presidents--and that is their willingness to stand up for what is
right in the face of bitter criticism. In history, Europe didn't
want the U.S. to "upset the apple cart" with the Barbary Pirates.
The reporters forgot to juxtapose President
Bush's 2003 position to that of Thomas Jefferson's in 1804 when he
sent William Eaton and U.S. Marine Lt. O'Bannon to lead a startling
attack on Terrorism. Jefferson made that decision in frank
opposition to England and France who were eager to pay ransom rather
than fight for their rights.
Jefferson, like Bush, was a "unilateral"
anti-Terrorist President, who refused to accept being extorted by
"criminals" who used Terrorism's Fear, Intimidation and Complacency to
threaten the world.
Not much has changed in the past two
centuries except for the European players.
If Jefferson were alive today, he would be
patting President Bush on the back and urging him forward. He
would be whispering in his ear, "Don't listen to the Europeans, they
didn't listen to me, and they won't listen to you. Do what is
right for your people. You are the Father of the Nation. Protect
the Children's Children's Children."
It bothered me greatly last night at the
press conference that no one asked President Bush what he thought of
Thomas Jefferson's stand against Terrorism 199 years ago. It
bothered me that American journalists often sounded as though they
were of French or German descent, and instead of illuminating
unilateral actions by the United States as part of our history,
were attacking the President's position couched in questions that
implied his ineptness at foreign policy, rather than his adroitness at
keeping it in tune with Presidential history.
Journalism has turned into mud slinging
But then American
Journalism isn't about history or promoting national purpose. It
has turned into mud slinging attempts to find the Achilles Heel of a
nation's credibility, and is geared to debunk America's role as the
Sentinel of Vigilance for a global world too reticent to stick its
head outside its borders for fear of getting a scratch. It tends
not to look far into the future to the threat Saddam poses, and why
stopping him now is more vital than waiting until he has delivered a
holocaust upon the world. And, it tends not to look into the
well of American history for precedents that might give granite
footing to President Bush's demand that Butcher of Baghdad no longer
have the right to butcher.
Jefferson set an example for American leadership
not Complacency, is the legacy of America, And what is it?
It is the mix of Courage, Conviction and Right Actions of the
Children's Children's Children sake. Thomas Jefferson knew
his role as the Father of Vigilance was to protect his land and his
people, despite all the critics who might tell him he shouldn't, or
that it was someone else's duty to keep the world safe.
When he attacked the Barbary Coast Pirates, he set an example for
American leadership to not kowtow to the whinings of the world that
"they," the world, was in charge of America's security.
Last night President Bush reiterated he had
a Constitutional responsibility to protect America. He knows
Terrorism is a tool of exportation, and that those who irresponsibly
created weapons of mass destruction would have little compunction in
delivering their weapons to whomever wanted them. Jefferson also
knew the Barbary Coast Pirates would not stop their Terrorism of
America unless America stood up to them, regardless of what the
Europeans wanted to do which was nothing but pay tribute.
I believe, if you look closely at President
Bush, you'll see him cast a long shadow. That shadow includes
his and Thomas Jefferson's. Included in it is that of William
Eaton, and U.S. Marine Lt. O'Bannon. These "Shadows of
Vigilance" will be there to urge the President to keep the
American Legacy of Vigilance alive, and not sway to the forces of
Europe or his own negligent press that seeks to paint him as some wild
Texan eager to have a shootout with Saddam.
George W. Bush
is fighting for the American Principles of Vigilance
Eaton and O'Bannon will be reminding Bush he is
a President of Vigilance, and that he is fighting
for American Principles of Vigilance, Principles that
are over 199 years old. They will remind him
over and over, as they have been, that Terrorism feeds
hungrily on Complacency, and that those who deny America's
right to stand up to Terrorism and take it on single handedly
may simply be Barbary Coast Pirates in disguise.
If you wish to show your
support to President Bush, President Jefferson, to William
Eaton and U.S. Marine Lt. Presley O'Bannon, then simply
take the Pledge of Vigilance.
They did. And they
did it for you and your children. Will you do it
Mar. 6--The Hobson Choice--War with
Iraq or ?
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