Pirates Of Pain And Death

During the past year, Somali pirates have enjoyed a field day grabbing ships, holding hostages and securing millions of dollars in ransom payments. For some reason, the world believes the solution to kidnapping is to give in to thugs. Suggestions that ships be armed have been met with cries about liability and insurance costs. It is difficult to believe in the modern world there is no capacity on the part of governments to develop a fund to pay for costs of sailors defending their ships, but this is a time of fear and anxiety. Captain Richard Philips, who was captured by pirates who then found themselves out of fuel and drifting, was finally freed by a naval operation carried out by the American navy. Three pirates were killed, one captured and Phillips was unharmed.

How about responding to pirates in the same manner Thomas Jefferson dealt with the Barbary Pirates. Send in the Marines.

  • http://luxamericana.com David Claiborne

    As usual, it’s simply foolish to disagree with Jefferson.

    We’re quite lucky that things worked out as well in the end as they did this time. If we don’t put an end to their high-seas terrorism it’s just going to embolden them to further attacks.

    It was frustrating to see how powerless the US Navy found itself in the face of a few pirates once the situation had escalated to a kidnapping. We need to nip this situation in the bud, or else we’ll appear weak and bloated to those who would seek to steal from us.