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Don Meaker

It is also important to note that the original reason that France went into Algeria and North Africa was to end the threat of pirates (Operating under the protection of local Muslim governments) As they pushed into Africa, their enemies continued to fight, using terrorism and raids against non-combatants. This approach is what Mohammed used against Mecca, when given sanctuary by Medina.

A consistant problem with Islam is that, having originated with a bandit, it has exceptions to usual rules of conduct for bandits. Accordingly, it is at least an uphill battle to try to end banditry in Muslim countries. For example, rape is considered a bad thing, unless the victim has been captured in a raid, then one can rape them with a good concience.

Because of those exceptions, homosexuals in Muslim countries routinely prick each other with pins or needles, to draw blood, thus satisfying the requirement that their partner be a capture from war.

As you say, you can't make this up.

California Yankee

Gary, the United States has a history of protecting shipping from pirates. In its first years, the U.S. Navy was unable to protect American merchant ships from the Barbary pirates. Congress tried paying tribute, or a bribe, to the Barbary states to protect shipping. Continued pirate attacks prompted the building of a stronger Navy and a series of wars along the North African coast, starting in 1801. By 1815 naval victories ended the need for tribute payments by the U.S. The United States Marine Corps actions in these wars led to the line, "to the shores of Tripoli" in the opening of the "Marine Hymn."

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It's bad enough being the world's policeman. Now we have to be their coast guard too?

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