Since when did it become bad practice to arm merchant ships and their crews? "Pirates are generally armed with assault rifles and, increasingly, rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Modern ships' crews are usually unarmed for a number of reasons, among them laws that prevent armed vessels from docking in the ports of many countries."

What silliness. The ONLY way to stop piracy is to stop and KILL enough pirates until the remaining would-be pirates believe they have more to lose than to gain by attempting piracy.,2933,515986,00.html

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Comment by Jim Werbaneth on April 22, 2009 at 4:10pm
Remember, sharks have to eat too!
Comment by David Allen on April 22, 2009 at 3:41pm
Note to the Special Forces guys: PLEASE don't bring 'em back alive again.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on April 21, 2009 at 9:15am
And you can bet just how thankful they'll be.
Comment by Bill on April 21, 2009 at 9:12am
Comment by David Allen on April 21, 2009 at 9:11am
The surviving pirate arrived in NYC today to appear before a judge. He looks tickled pink to be in the United States. I am sure the US will get stuck with the bill to bring 100 of his closest friends and relatives here to lend moral support during the trial, and little Long Abdul Silver will end up with a book deal and a position on the White House staff.
Comment by Nevin Ball on April 20, 2009 at 6:27pm
Piracy law enforcement is apparently a "catch and release" program. The Dutch recently did that as well. Un-friggin-believable.
Comment by Bill on April 19, 2009 at 1:52pm
I heard today on the news that the Canadians foiled a piracy attempt and captured 7 pirates. Than I heard they released them!? Whats the story?
Comment by Nevin Ball on April 16, 2009 at 1:26pm
For the Somalis, piracy is zero risk and huge gains. The problem is as bad as it is because the West takes a passive approach to the problem by considering the payment of ransoms a "cost of doing business."
Comment by Ted Henkle on April 15, 2009 at 10:21pm
Good comments and ideas all. But even prior to the outbreak of piracy in Somali, piracy never truly went away. It was under everyone's radar screen--an "acceptable" risk of traveling on the high seas.

So we should take "the long view:" Maintain a constant naval/military presence on the oceans to safeguard shipping, whether or not we fix Somalia or any other failed state.

In comparison: Every country has a police force, but crime never goes away.
Comment by John Bobek on April 15, 2009 at 9:01pm
I agree as well. The military measures buy time for a political solutiom while at the same time create pressure FOR a political solution! So the sooner the Marines take to their Q ships, the sooner the Somali people can expect real improvement in their lives (the non pirate lives that is!)

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