America’s First War on Terrorism: The Story

First War on Terrorism

These videos are from a series David Barton did on his Wallbuilders Live radio show.  Someone apparently put the audio together with some images and created a six-part video. It’s a bit lengthy, but it would be worth your time to listen to the entire presentation.

Even if you’re knowledgeable of history, and even if you’re knowledgeable of relatively recent events surrounding the War on Terrorism launched by President George W. Bush, you will no doubt learn a few things and be reminded of some important facts that may not readily come to mind when considering these issues.

America’s experience with Islamic extremism didn’t begin on 911. It didn’t begin several decades ago as Islamic terrorism began to smear its bloodshed worldwide. It didn’t even begin with the US-supported rebirth of Israel in 1948.  It began even as our nation was in its infancy.

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Relatively few Americans are aware that the first international military conflict our nation had after the American Revolution involved Islamic extremists in the Barbary Wars; United States Marines know, because a portion of their anthem has its origins in this conflict. At first, our nation was too weak to fight back against the Islamic pirates who preyed upon our shipping in the Mediterranean, so we paid “tribute” like most of the European countries. But by the time Thomas Jefferson became president, we were stronger and on a better footing, and Jefferson had had enough. Congress and Jefferson sent naval forces to the Med, and ended up giving the Barbary pirates and powers a bloody nose. President James Madison had to do so again during his presidency before the message became clear.

This presentation provides a wealth of historical background on America’s engagement against Islamic extremism, and provides much-needed context on a number of historical facts that have been “revised” by those who are not exactly happy with the reality of America’s history. You’ll also learn some things about Islam that the politically correct Left doesn’t want you to know, either.

It would be well worth your time to listen to the entire thing.

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Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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