“From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli...”
Has anyone ever given any thought to why “the shores of Tripoli...” Ok, one might reasonably know that the “halls of Montezuma...” refers to the Aztec emperors Moctezuma I and II. The Aztec empire was located in the area which one might now know as Southern Mexico or Panama. This Meso-American empire of the 16th century is relatively local.
So, yeah, from Moctezuma’s (Montezuma's) crib, to the shores of Tripoli? Why Tripoli?
On February 6, 1802, the United States declared war against The Regency of Tripoli and the Tripolitan Cruisers. These were the Barbary Pirates. The first war fought by the United States on foreign soil commenced with the Battle of Derne at Derne Cyrenaica, April 27, 1805.
Being a relatively young nation on the world scene, the United States has come late into conflicts which have existed for centuries, even millennia, before its inception. Modern wars like Afghanistan and Iraq, and this seemingly borderless, ill-defined war against terrorism, have roots in the struggle between European merchant powers, and imperial powers in 1801. That stage has roots in the same region, predating the U.S., as far back as the 13th and 14th centuries. Corsairs from Tunis are recorded as having become a threat to shipping and trade as far back as the late 14th century, which prompted attacks by the Kingdom of France and the Republic of Genoa.
Those conflicts have roots which can be traced back to the first Crusade in 1080 to liberate the “Holy Land.” If one does a cursory study of history, no doubt one would find that the First Crusade has roots back in antiquity, with the elements which include but are not limited to, Rome, Jesus, Christianity, and even the split between Judaism and Islam with (Haajar) Hagar and Ishmael, the wife and son of Abraham, and step mother and half brother of Isaac.
The roots of these conflicts extend into the bodies of past conflicts, not yet settled. This is the body of the history of Western Civilization...in part. This is not to find blame and assign it for the challenges that plague us in the Western world today. In fact, I find that effort impossible, disingenuous, and/or ill-informed. These conflicts are wide. These conflicts are deep. These conflicts go back a very long way. Unless you are new to the Earth, and no earthly ancestors, and have avoided all involvement with global capitalism during your short vacation here on Earth, you are also complicit. This is not to judge you specifically. We are all playing with matches in the hay barn when it comes to global capitalism. We are either supplying the matches, or supplying the hay, or striking the matches, or warming ourselves by the fire, or watching it.
Do you oppose the security measures that the U.S. uses to protect markets? Find another country. Renounce your citizenship of the nations with roots in this struggle. That includes you too, Canada. Renounce your religion which condones it, or actively encourages it. Get rid of those denim jeans made in Mexico, or Malaysia, or wherever they seek out the cheapest laborers with no rights. Better grow your own food since that spinach came from one of only a couple of factory farms in the country, owned by corporations which run this whole process. Better be working your own farm.
Oops, that land where your farm is now located once existed in a culture where the indigenous people were nomadic, and opposed the personal ownership of nature. Those cultures had to be eradicated and corralled onto “reservations” so that land could be divided up, so that you could grow your own spinach.
Are you reading this on a computer? Do you own one, or perhaps a “smart phone?" This is likely to be the case. You might like to know that 90 percent of the minerals used in the production of these and many other widely consumed products come from mineral deposits in China; most specifically Inner Mongolia. (Better scratch those countries off of your new homeland list.) If you own a car made since 2000, if you ride a bus or a train as part of mass transit, if you own a television or a programmable coffee maker, you are plugged in to this global economy.
None of this is to justify war. War is among the worst things that humanity does to itself on a continuing basis. It should be noted for emphasis that this is and has been done on a continuing basis since pre-history. War is the rule, not the exception. Again, that is not a justification, but rather a very important matter of fact.
Is Barack Hussein Obama complicit in this waging of war in order that some may have a profit? Hell yes. No question about that. The question you need to be asking yourself is, are you? If your answer to that question is anything other than yes, you are lying.