Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dear Gutless Wonder-in-Chief Mr. President

I've told you once, I've told you twice, I've told you again and again and again and again and again and again and again...

This is how you deal with pirates:

Not sanctions.

Not negotiations.

Not Security Council Resolutions.




Pirates are the enemies of all of humanity, all of civilization, all of commerce, including foreign aid.

They are morally equivalent to terrorists; in fact,those who hoist the metaphorical Jolly Roger out of Somalia probably are terrorists.

Michelle Malkin quotes John Hayward (writing at Human Events) thusly:

The historical remedy for piracy is the destruction of their port cities, but that seems unlikely in this case. Every Somali surface vessel should be given a warning to return to port, and then blown out of the water by the United States Navy, in a blockade to be maintained indefinitely until a stable government exists in Somlia. (Yes, “indefinitely” means a very long time).
There is no reason for any Somali boat to ride the ocean waves – their meager shipping needs can be handled by carefully monitored commercial vessels, and they can be allowed small fishing boats close to shore. Protecting the huge amount of commercial and private sea traffic in the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Gulf of Aden would require a massive fleet, standing guard and awaiting action at the convenience of pirates. Aggressively hunting down and killing Somali boats is a much more practical use of our limited but powerful naval resources, and transfers the initiative to our Navy instead of the pirates. It’s time to take the initiative.
Hear, hear!

I am willing to admit that some of them, given the chance, turn their hands to peaceful, profitable pursuits; unfortunately, given the riches that are potentially available through piracy, I don't see how they could be trusted without a guard for the rest of their lives.

This is cheaper:
Blackbeard, or Edward Teach, Thatch or Drummond was the most famous Pirate to emanate from Bristol, but he is not the only one. He was killed by the Royal Navy in November 1718 in North Carolina.
Added, and somewhat related: Dear God.

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