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EUGENE ROBINSON: Columnist needs history lesson

Letter by Charles D. Nordeck, Sumner on Aug. 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm | 4 Comments »
August 17, 2010 2:21 pm

Re: Eugene Robinson column 8-17

Rather than just accepting the Obama spin-machine version of the history of the Ramadan dinner at the White House, perhaps columnist Eugene Robinson should have done some fact checking.

Thomas Jefferson invited a representative of the Barbary Pirates (not the Tunisian ambassador – Tunis was a member of the Ottoman Empire and referred to as a Barbary State). This “country” survived by attacking shipping in the Mediterranean and were known as the Barbary Pirates. The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Islamic market in North Africa and the Middle East.

President Jefferson invited this representative of the Barbary pirates to the White House to inform him that we would not pay one penny of tribute or ransom. In fact, the US Navy was formed to deal with the situation along the Barbary Coast.

No, Mr. Robinson, if the author of our Declaration of Independence were alive today, he would not face censure from Republicans. He would be given the respect of all Americans who believe in standing up for our country. Please, let’s not accept at face value the ranting of the revisionists of our history.

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