I heard about this on The War Room with Quinn and Rose this morning, but couldn’t believe it.
Why is this being allowed to continue?
Increasing ransoms for captured ships and crew appear to have given pirates even more incentives to launch attacks despite stepped-up patrols by an international flotilla of warships.
With Wednesday’s release and capture, pirates now hold at least 29 ships and 660 hostages.
Are you kidding me?
How is it that this is tolerated? Why are these pirates not room temperature?
This is really quite hard to believe.
It’s also hard to believe how the United Nations has hamstrung the merchant vessels who have to travel in that area:
The international law allows merchant ships to carry small arms for self defense if that is necessary for their freedom to traverse and navigate. They are also allowed to hire guards and private security. However, it does state that the precautions taken for safety should be proportional to the possible threat that could be faced.
The laws and restrictions are all placed under the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). In the event of a pirate attack, the law allows the crew of the vessel to use the required force to resist the attack. But, it also states a guideline that warning shots must be fired by the victim ship. The guideline states that the ship hiring professional security, or arming the crew with weapons must have a suitable amount of knowledge on the usage and the requirement of lethal or the non-lethal weapons. They must know how to reaction in the situation.
I don’t know anyone with a brain who would hire security for a ship traveling near Somalia when said security didn’t have “suitable amount of knowledge on the usage and the requirement of lethal or the non-lethal weapons.” And this non-sense about firing a warning shot. Who exactly is going to press that issue? The pirates?
“Well, obviously we have a sharp shooter here off the coast of Somalia. He’s targeting your crew members, picking them off one by one, so hide your first mate, hide your deck hand, and hide your skipper too, ’cause they shooting everybody out here!”
Why are we still playing around with these people? If pirates shoot at your ship, smoke them! Take out their dingy and let them swim home, if they make it. After all, those pirates that messed with Russia didn’t make it back to shore.
Pity. Perhaps in this case, the world should look to Russia as a role model.
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