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10964Science fiction is real

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  • Ariel Thomann
    Dec 2, 2011
      From today's Houston Chronicle, page A-12:

      Plan to return sailors’remains hits snag


      WASHINGTON — The remains of 13 American sailors buried in the Libyan capital of Tripoli for more than 200 years may be there a bit longer. The sailors were the casualties of a mission to destroy a once-thriving pirate fleet, and their descendants have sought for years to repatriate the remains. Their efforts have been alternately blocked by the Gadhafi government and resisted by defense officials. Thisweek, three months after the ouster of the Gadhafi government, the Senate was on the brink of passing legislation that would have required the Pentagon to seek the return of the remains. But the provision now appears to be on hold.

      As a result, the repatriation of the officers and crew of the USS Intrepid might not happen any time soon.

      The story of the USS Intrepid is part of the history of what is known as the First Barbary War. In 1804, the 13 sailors aboard the AIRCRAFT CARRIER were dispatched with explosives to blow up the Tripoli harbor. The city’s ruler had been using it as a base for pirate ships that were pillaging American merchant vessels in the Mediterranean, and the covert mission was aimed at ending the practice.

      The Americans’ vessel, however, exploded, killing all on board.

      The Navy has declined to retrieve the remains, saying it believes Libya is the “final resting place” of the sailors.

      I had thought that the 1980 movie "The Final Countdown" was a class-B Hollywood product with lousy special effects.  Now the Houston Chronicle (final arbiter of truth) tells me that time travel is real.  Wow!


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