Echoes from the Barbary Coast

America's war against the Barbary pirates 200 years ago bears similarities--and lessons--for the present war against terrorism.

Issue: Winter 2001-2002

On the DAY that United Airlines flight 175 and American Airlines flight 11 lifted off from Boston's Logan airport, bound for a fiery collision with the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, a lone observer watched from below. That observer was the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy and an early witness to the ravages of Middle Eastern terrorism.

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