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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The solution to piracy

For the last couple of months there have been news stories popping up about Somali pirates harassing and seizing ships around the Gulf of Aden. They've been emboldened by the reluctance of nations to take them on. But it appears that the Indian Navy has the right idea, and the perfect solution -- sink 'em:

An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said, yet more violence in the lawless seas where brigands are becoming bolder and more violent.

Separate bands of pirates also seized a Thai ship with 16 crew members and an Iranian cargo vessel with a crew of 25 in the Gulf of Aden, where Somalia-based pirates appear to be attacking ships at will, said Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Malaysia.

"It's getting out of control," Choong said.

A multicoalition naval force has increased patrols in the region, and scored a rare success Tuesday when the Indian warship, operating off the coast of Oman, stopped a ship similar to a pirate vessel mentioned in numerous piracy bulletins. The Indian navy said the pirates fired on the INS Tabar after the officers asked it to stop to be searched.

"Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers," said a statement from the Indian navy. Indian forces fired back, sparking fires and a series of onboard blasts — possibly due to exploding ammunition — and destroying the ship.

The right idea is to challenge them, and take them out. Turning a blind eye to them, or appeasing them isn't going to end their high seas terror campaign. People have asked, ever since the pirates seized a Saudi Arabian supertanker, "What should we do with them?"

Given the multi-national naval presence in the region, it would seem to be self-explanatory as to what should be done. Sink their ships, arrest and detain the pirates that survive, and put them on trial. The sooner they're stood up to, the sooner this garbage will cease. Granted, we won't ever be free of piracy, but at least this course of action -- meeting the pirates head-on -- will lessen the acts of piracy by the boldest ones quickly.

Publius II


Blogger knowitall said...

Don't call on the left-wing illuminati for advise on this issue. They just may hand them over the tankers.

December 1, 2008 at 1:56 PM  

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