Thread: America wins again.
4/15/2009 5:52am, #31
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I absolutely agree that non negotiation is the best policy for dealing with hostage situations but think that there just might be far better solutions restabilising the region than your enlightened lets bomb the **** out of them.
You do not seem to acknowledge in any way that your government (and its crazy attempts to stop Islamification) might be responsible for some of the destabilasation of Somalia over the last decade or so.
Which has in turn created a situation where their Somalia has no means to police its own population and piracy has become rife.
4/15/2009 12:13pm, #32
The French (yes, the French) along with the EU committee are dealing with the pirates reasonably--with appropriate force and trials and prison. Blast in, capture when possible kill when necessary, kick ass, take names, go home with their ship and put 'em to trial like civilized folk.
This satisfies my CRUSH THEM desires, as well as my RULE OF LAW **** YEAH desires.What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
4/15/2009 2:34pm, #33
Why do huge ships stop for pirates in the first place? Can't they just close their hatches and ignore the tiny speedboats?
4/15/2009 2:50pm, #34
The pirates boats are faster. They throw grappling hooks and ladders with hooks over the rails and board while the ship is moving.
From recent news stories it looks like the crews are being trained to barricade themselves in the engine/steering compartments, yell for help, and hope a military vessel shows up before the pirates get to them.
4/15/2009 3:06pm, #35
NBC stated that the liability premium for armed security cost more than the ransom demanded by the pirates. This may by why some shipping companies are reluctant to order up some armed security.
On a side note I think any attack on an American vessel should equal death to the pirates. Thomas Jefferson had the right idea.
4/15/2009 3:19pm, #36
MSNBC has a good write-up on the issue:
Originally Posted by MSNBC
4/15/2009 3:28pm, #37
4/15/2009 3:38pm, #38
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4/15/2009 11:30pm, #39
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4/16/2009 6:32pm, #40
FRANCE WINS AGAIN
...pirates are being questioned by police in the northwestern French city of Rennes. French commandos seized them in an operation last Friday to rescue five French hostages on a boat in the Indian Ocean. Two pirates died during the rescue operation along with the boat's French skipper.
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