Raisuli: This is the Rif. I am Mulay Ahmed Muhamed Raisuli the Magnificent, sherif of the Riffian Berbers. I am the true defender of the faithful and the blood of the prophet runs in me and I am but a servant of his will. You have nothing to say? Eden: It is not my intention to encourage braggers. Raisuli: Your shell is strong like a turtle's, but brittle. Eden: Your tongue is clever and fast. Be careful not to trip over it. Raisuli: You are a great deal of trouble. Eden: Why would anyone want to cut out a man's tongue? Raisuli: Perhaps the previous owner had nothing pleasant to say. Raisuli: I am Raisuli. Do not laugh at me again. Raisuli: Ignorance is a steep hill with perilous rocks at the bottom. Raisuli: It is the wind that passes but the sea remains. Raisuli: The lion takes long strides but the path is worn smooth by pygmy armies. Sherif of Wazan: Great Raisuli, we have lost everything. All is drifting on the wind as you said. We have lost everything. Raisuli: Sherif, is there not one thing in your life that is worth losing everything for? John Hay: Theodore! You are dangerous. You might even shoot somebody - accidentally I mean. Theodore Roosevelt: John, I'd never shoot anyone accidentally. I need their votes. John Hay: Madness! Raisuli: To Theodore Roosevelt - you are like the Wind and I like the Lion. You form the Tempest. The sand stings my eyes and the Ground is parched. I roar in defiance but you do not hear. But between us there is a difference. I, like the lion, must remain in my place. While you like the wind will never know yours. - Mulay Hamid El Raisuli, Lord of the Riff, Sultan to the Berbers, Last of the Barbary Pirates. Capt. Jerome, USMC: Captain Jerome, United States Marine Corps, and you are my prisoner, sir. The Bashaw of Tangier: You are a very dangerous man, Captain, and your President Roosevelt is mad. Capt. Jerome, USMC: Yes, sir! Theodore Roosevelt: America wants Pedicaris alive, or Raisuli dead! <
b>Theodore Roosevelt: What do I want? I want respect! Respect for human life and respect for American property! And I'm going to send the Atlantic Squadron to Morocco to get that respect. John Hay: That's illegal. Theodore Roosevelt: Why spoil the beauty of the thing with legality? Capt. Jerome, USMC: It seems quite obvious, I would think, sir - we must seize the government and make our own negotiations. Gummere: [incredulous] Seize the government!? Capt. Jerome, USMC: At BAYONET point! Gummere: [snidely; to Dreighton] Well, I certainly would like to see that old son-of-a-bitch at bayonet point, huh? [chuckles] Gummere: But it's ridiculous; it's outrageous, it's lunatic! Adm. Chadwick: Yes, isn't it though? I think Teddy should love it! Gummere: But, what about the French, the Germans - the British? Why we're in the shadow of Gibraltar! Adm. Chadwick: [slams his hand on table and stands up] DAMN THE LEGATIONS! Gummere: [uneasily] You realize, of course, that if we fail in even the slightest way, we'll all be killed? Adm. Chadwick: Yes, and the whole world will probably go to war. Capt. Jerome, USMC: Gentlemen, if we fail and are killed, I certainly hope the world DOES go to war! [raises glass as a toast] Adm. Chadwick: The world at war! Gummere: A world war? Now THAT would be something to go out on. . .