These Marines were attached to US Merchant vessels. When the Muslims attacked U.S. merchant vessels, they were repulsed by armed soldiers…but there is more. merchant vessels started running the US flag when entering the Mediterranean to guarantee safe travel.
Why the Marine Corps Hymn Contains the Verse "To the Shores of Tripoli"This is very interesting and a must read piece of our history. It points out where we may be heading. Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago, the United States had declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!
At the height of the 18th century, Muslim pirates (the “Barbary Pirates” were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms.(Sound familiar?) Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart-breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.
These extortionists of the high seas represented the North African Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.
Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets.
Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy. Beginning in 1784, 17 years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America's Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States rather than engaging them in war.
This should concern every American. That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; Christians, Jews and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged; Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities; ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah; public schools are pulling pork from their menus; on and on and on and on….
It's death by a thousand cuts, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today, America's STUPID leaders would rather be politically correct than victorious!
If you have any doubts about the above information, Google "Thomas Jefferson vs. the Muslim World." http://tidbitsinthenews.com/2016/01/30/us-marines-take-on-muslim-pirates/