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#2486698 - 04/20/13 06:12 AM OT: Julius Caesar deals with terrorism
Fred_C Online   content
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I enjoy watching the History International channel on TV. They have a program called "Ancients Behaving Badly". The other night they focused on Julius Caesar.

When he was a young, up-and-coming politician, he was captured by pirates and held for ransom. The pirates were going to ask for 20 silver talents (the narrator said that would be around $130K in today's money). Caesar laughed at them and told them that he was worth 50 talents. They adjusted their demand upward and Rome paid the freight. When he was released from captivity, Caesar told the pirates that he would return and kill them.

When he got back to Rome, Caesar raised a naval force and went out looking for the pirates. He found them, defeated them and, true to his word, had them all crucified. However, being the reasonable person that he was, because they did not harm him during his captivity, he mercifully had their throats cut after they had hung on the crosses for awhile.

That's how you do business with terrorists.
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#2486703 - 04/20/13 06:55 AM Re: OT: Julius Caesar deals with terrorism [Re: Fred_C]
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Did he at least get the money back?
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#2486710 - 04/20/13 07:14 AM Re: OT: Julius Caesar deals with terrorism [Re: whitefang]
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Hey Whitefang,

Don't know. They didn't say on the show.
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#2486755 - 04/20/13 10:30 AM Re: OT: Julius Caesar deals with terrorism [Re: Fred_C]
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These days a couple of mini-guns starboard and port on ships seems to do the trick...

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#2486759 - 04/20/13 10:46 AM Re: OT: Julius Caesar deals with terrorism [Re: Larryz]
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Today, it's a bit more like the old SNL skit:

*dingdong*

"Who is it?"

"Predator Drone."

"WHO?"

"Predator Drone."

"I'm sorry, I don't know anyone named Predator Drone."

*dingdong*

"Who is it?"

"Candygram."

"OoooOOOOOOHHhhhh! A Candygram!"

*whoooshBOOOOOM!*
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#2486807 - 04/20/13 03:23 PM Re: OT: Julius Caesar deals with terrorism [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Think back to that Captain of that merchant ship the pirates had a few years back. A couple of Navy seals showed them how it is done. pop,pop,pop, three down, none to go. Osama da bomma, and the Navy Seals again. Bang, bang, bang, get the DNA, and dump the creep overboard.
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