Skip to comments.Contractors Kill Somali Pirate, Prompting Fears of Rise in Violence
Posted on 03/24/2010 5:38:53 AM PDT by docbnj
Private security guards shot and killed a Somali pirate during an attack on a merchant ship off the coast of East Africa in what is believed to be the first such killing by armed contractors, the EU Naval Force spokesman said Wednesday.
The death comes amid fears that increasingly aggressive pirates and the growing use of armed private-security contractors aboard vessels could fuel increased violence on the high seas. The handling of the case may have legal implications beyond the individuals involved in Tuesday's shooting.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
What will really cause violence is if defenders are blamed and prosecuted. Then there is no choice when attacked but to kill all the attackers, and abandon their bodies at sea, without reporting anything. It is weakness which encourages violence. Adequate strength deters violence.
Every ship that sails through those waters should have firepower to blow these thugs out of the water.
are the writers insane, or just pro-pirate?
Dead pirates means less violence.
That’s called shoot, sink, and shut up.
damned sheep ... good thing the brave souls on Flight 93 didn’t think that way.
Wow. So now defending yourself is just considered goading the pirates into more violence? Have they tried pouring gasoline on their socks....so the ants don't crawl up and get their candy ass?
Like all news reports out of the MSM, self-defense is considered a crime, and those who defend themselves should be in prison.
Liberals are evil.
You know the Leftist crAP is on the Muslim marine terrorists’ side. They’ll never write a story like that about the terrorists but only the those who defender themselves from terrorism.
If I were to bet on it, I’d say the defenders will be blamed and prosecuted.
“are the writers insane, or just pro-pirate?
Dead pirates means less violence.”
This is like the mainstream media headlines that often read “Crime down despite rise in prison population”. You can tell that the liberals whom write these stories and headlines are genuinely befuddled with the situation.
A contractor doing his job. A dead pirate. Once again, proof that the free market solution works...
Killing violent criminals results in fewer violent criminals and less violence.
I would be willing to bet that this is the last ship that pirate tries to hijack.
As a bonus, if you kill all the pirates there will be little recruitment. If the result of your career choice is sudden death, you might reconsider your choices. Even a prospective pirate can understand that.
boo hoo /s
Screw the AP and their ilk!
These contractors should be commended and their contracts should have performance bonuses written in for the number of pirates and pirate ships/boats killed or sunk. Also the lesser the quantity of ammo used to do the job the bigger the bonus too.
It’s their presupposition that is the problem. Their presupposition is that ... “all violence is bad, an increase in violence is bad”
Not all violence is bad. How it is applied can be quite good. I think the AP is run by a bunch of women with masters in education.
Now watch for some do-gooder liberal to have the victims brought up on criminal charges.
What will really cause violence is if defenders are blamed and prosecuted. Then there is no choice when attacked but to kill all the attackers, and abandon their bodies at sea, without reporting anything.
Not a bad idea!
Who prosecutes the ship’s defenders, when the incident happens on the high seas?? Maybe Obama can find a use for Gitmo, after all. He could capture them and send them there.
S3 (shoot, sink, shutup)
I believe the “law of the sea” is that pirates can be hanged without trial.
I disagree somewhat. Pig fat should be used to grease the dead pirate and inserted into various orifices. Film the proceedings. Bury at sea. Post on youtube. Title the film: “Consigned to Hell! No Virgins for Him.”
Just forgot the shut up part. Should have just dumped the dead pirate in the drink.
It was customary in many countries to hang them in port for all to see. London for one...
sighted somali, shot same
Call it............ Pirate Porn...
** maybe trolling the pirates as shark bait.. call it "Pirates Jumping the Shark"... as one episode.. Theres a lot of room for creativity..
The pirates will use this as a “recruiting tool”. /sarc
Very nice naval reference.
just the opposite - arming cargo ships will put the pirates out of business as pirates are not brave, but cowards.
Dead pirates might mean that their buddies start hosing down the ship’s superstructure at long range with 14.7 mm HMGs while their zodiacs are closing on the target.
But maybe then, the navies of the world will start wiping out these bastards instead of playing “catch and release.” Or let commercial ships arm themselves with auto-cannon to sink the pirates at long range.
Probably not, though.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
Idiotic headline of the day!
I hate liberals.....
re: pirates can be hanged without trial
There are few ‘laws’ or understandings that are more widely known or as universally accepted as the defense of a ship at sea. The handling of horse thieves in the Wild West is similar, but the policy on pirates to back much longer!
After such an incident the ship should sail into its next stop with the severed heads of the pirates hanging from it railing.
LOL!! It's called shooting back...works every time, but it remains a mystery to those in our Fourth Estate.
In obama like fashion they think that submitting to enemies is the way to make friends.
A dead enemy is not an enemy
AP is the American Pravda. Nothing but communist propaganda.
Unsoak your panties, girly-men. Piracy ALWAYS involves violence, and defending against piracy ALWAYS involves violence.
You don’t get ransom if your cargo is toast and your crew is bleeding. I don’t think there is any danger of the pirates “escalating” the violence . . . especially the pirate who was killed.
That's why we have a second amendment.
Just one possibility. The pirates have the resources to escalate. Whether or not they will, and whether or not piracy will remain profitable if they do escalate remain to be determined.
You’re right: I don’t know how they could move the cargoes and ships if they couldn’t ransom them. But given their organization, I wouldn’t be surprised if they started hiring brokers...
Same bunch of bed-wetting wusses who denounce our Second Amendment. When these pirates meet superior firepower they will have a rude awakening. Too bad the navies in the region don’t deal with them as in olden days - pirates would soon learn it is not profitable to remain in their line of work.
I’d be proactive and sink every boat in that toilet bowl known as the coast of Somalia.
Brokers don't have much interest in food, clothing, or electronics that are saturated with salt water. If the pirates escalate to bigger weapons, they're going to be letting water flow to the wrong side of the ship's hull, and the cargo will be worthless. I think forcing them to escalate to a shootout with a real navy is an excellent alternative compared with paying them for committing piracy.
Ships have value even with with bullet holes in them.
Even if a relatively large amount of damage is inflicted on the ship a substantial part of the cargo will be intact, esp. if fire is directed at the superstructure rather than the hull.
The problem is not intact cargo, but finding customers.
Also, if the pirates actually do shoot hell out of a merchant ship at long range, how many other merchants are going to continue resisting?
Don't bet on it.
For the most part if these scum had any native intelligence they wouldn't still be living in the seventh century.