Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Doing God's Work

Doing God's work is a noble calling, until that is, you're captured by murderous pirates. In that case, you have to hope God is available to help. For the four bible-thumpers on their yacht, HE, as often happens, was apparently busy elsewhere while they were slaughtered.

Now unlike my buddy Steve, i'm not a sailor by any stretch of the imagination. I'm also not an expert when it comes to the so-called Law of The Sea, other than what i've seen in old Errol Flynn movies. But, when it comes to knowing the consequences of allowing wild bands of animals to prey on innocent people without the slightest fear of "real " punishment, then i am an expert. The results are always the same. They don't stop, they simply get worse, especially when they see that the prey refuse to even protect themselves, and the military "protection" they have is all but useless. A few months ago, i watched a TV special on a Swedish war ship patrolling the area. They actually came across a large rowboat filled with armed pirates. They checked the rowboat, took the weapons, gave the pirates water, fuel, and cigarettes, and sent them back to Somalia! How's that for punishment.

This time, the victims were Americans, so what does that mean? Well, for one thing, it means the captured pirates are already laughing, like the one convicted last week. He was convicted in a NYC court room, the same as a guy convicted of going through a red light. The news reports said that after the four people were killed, navy SEALS went aboard and actually killed two of the pirates. Two out of 15, which tells you that the SEALS were, as usual, handcuffed. It also tells the pirates back in Somalia that they still have nothing to fear, unless that is, they run into a Russian war ship. You can bet they'll be staying far away from those. And what of the US? Now that the pirates see there's really nothing to fear from the big paper tiger of the West, they'll be out there looking for more Americans...


http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/walk_the_plank_p4XGmPYGQkY7NYZeGU080I

4 comments:

Schteveo said...

Allow me say, I'm no expert on Maritime Law. BUT, piracy is frowned on by almost every nation, except Somalia, obviously. The U.S. Navy has been looking for pirates in that area for decades. But, as we sink and kill them, they regrow and rebuild. If reports are accurate, most of the current pirates are 13 - 19, the older ones having killed each other off. It's a downward spiral and we could stop it if we dared.

(personally, I think taking over Somalia would be a great idea, but we've lost our political will to protect ourselves, at least at a national level)

My eldest is in the IO right now, on USS Kearsarge, they are going after pirates, but the ocean is HUGE and a small fast boat can out run a large slow one every time. Again personally, I think we should board, inspect and sink any boat without a fishing net or a cargo! Most of the fishermen have had their boats seized by the pirates so we're not keeping them from eating if we do that.

However let me say, I think these murdered people teased the dragons tail, and they paid the price! Sailing into that area armed with BIBLES was, at best, a fools errand. I'm sorry, but they played at Martyrdom and got it. Ultimately I'll be surprised if OUR Navy won't be blamed for their deaths. The fact that they went where the State Department said don't go, and the fact that pirates were involved will mean nothing. OUR media will blame OUR military ASAP behind half truths and a MSM that hates the military.

Spider said...

I agree with you about our Navy probably taking the fall.

But, "as we sink and kill them"? Who have we sunk and who have we killed? If we did sink their rowboats and kill them, this would've stopped a long time ago. Compare the small handful of pirates that have been shot to the number of people they've killed. And why hasn't the town they use as their base been vaporized? In fact, why hasn't the whole country been vaporized? And are you saying that our multi-Trillion dollar Navy isn't fast enough to catch a few rowboats and skiffs that are hundreds of miles off-shore?

Cowpill said...

Ah the days of Piracy being punishable by death

Anonymous said...

Hang 'em from the yard arm, or was that short arm...