Monday, November 24, 2008

A Two-Pronged Approach to the "Pirate" Problem

1. Armed decoy vessels that fire on and sink pirate vessels when approached and fired upon or tried to be boarded.

2. How were the Barbary pirates put out of business? Not by picking off individual pirate vessels but by going into the pirate's nest.

see To the Shores of Tripoli

The pirate nests today are in Somalia, Nigeria, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean and West coast of South America (and wherever else they can be detected).

Are all pirates Moslem?

Who cares? Pirates are pirates and should be strung up from the yard arm at sea or hanged on shore as an example to all other pirates.

BUT (from Caroline Glick's "Civilization Walks The Plank"
reprinted at


In centuries past, in accordance with established international law, it was standard practice for naval captains to hang pirates after capturing them. Today, when Europe has outlawed capital punishment, when criminal defendants throughout the West are given more civil rights than their victims, and when irregular combatants picked off of battlefields or intercepted before they attack are given - at a minimum - the same rights as those accorded to legal prisoners of war, states lack the political will and the moral clarity to prosecute offenders. As Casey and Rivkin note, last April the British Foreign Office instructed the British Navy not to apprehend pirates lest they claim that their human rights were harmed, and request and receive asylum in Britain.

The west's perverse interpretations of human rights and humanitarian law, which bar it from handling one of the most acute emerging threats to the international economy, is a consequence of the West's abdication of moral and legal sanity in its dealings with international terror. In the 1960s and 1970s, when international terrorism first emerged as a threat to international security, the West adopted international treaties and conventions that tended to treat terrorism as a new form of piracy. Like piracy, terrorism was to be treated as an attack on all nations. Jurisdiction over terrorists was to be universal. Such early views were codified in early documents such as the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft from 1970 that established a principle of universal jurisdiction over aircraft hijackers.
...over the years, states have managed to ignore or invert international laws on terrorism to the point where today terrorists are among the most protected groups of individuals in the world. Due to political sympathy for terrorists, hostility toward their victims, or fear of terrorist reprisals against a state that dares to prosecute terrorists found on its territory, states have managed to avoid not only applying existing laws against terrorists. They have also refrained from updating laws to meet the growing challenges of terrorism. Instead, international institutions and "enlightened" Western states have devoted their time to condemning and threatening to prosecute the few states that have taken action against terrorists.

The inversion of international law from an institution geared toward protecting states and civilians from international lawbreakers to one devoted to protecting international menaces from states and their citizens is nowhere more evident than in the international community's treatment of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

One of the reasons the international community has failed so abjectly to take reasonable measures to combat terrorism is because international terrorism as presently constituted is the creation of Palestinian Arabs and their Arab brethren. Since the 1960s, and particularly since the mid-1970s, Europe, and to varying degrees the US, have been averse to contending with terrorism because their hostility toward Israel leads them to condone Palestinian Arab terrorism against the Jewish state.

Read the rest and all of this excellent article at


The Two Prongs of anti-Piracy

How to Defeat the Pirates

1. Wipe out the source. Leave not one vessel afloat in the harbors of pirates' nests.

2. Sink all pirate vessels--with all hands--that are offering hostility to merchant shipping and naval vessels

Captured pirates must be tried and excuted according to the old laws of the sea: hanged and deep-sixed, not returned to "the country of their origin" to be tried by their fellow "Barbarous Pirates" countrymen.

Too strong for your weak stomach or lily liver? Then be prepared to pay 30% more for goods that can no longer pass through the Gulf of Aden, West African waters, or the pirate seas off Southeast asia.

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