paying tribute (aid $$$ by the billions) does not work--
Remember - the new U.S. paid tribute to the muslims (Barbary Pirates) to the tune of 20% of GDP-and our ships were still being attacked and hostages taken-
Jefferson finally took action- sent the Marines (thus the words- Shores of Tripoli)-and the piracy stopped for awhile- when it started again- Madison finished the job!
Very old war-one of my posts on this issue --- from 2008! (my first year of real blogging)