Skip to comments.4 Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia
Posted on 02/22/2011 1:23:08 PM PST by STONEWALLS
A pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard Tuesday. Then gunfire erupted, the military said. U.S. special forces rushed to the yacht only to find the four Americans fatally wounded.
The experienced yacht enthusiasts from California and Washington are the first Americans killed by Somali pirates since the start of attacks off East Africa several years ago. One of the American couples on board had been sailing around the world since 2004 handing out Bibles.
Their deaths appeared to underscore an increasingly brutal and aggressive shift by pirates in their treatment of hostages.
Killing hostages "has now become part of our rules," said a pirate who identified himself as Muse Abdi and referred to last week's sentencing of a pirate to 33 years in prison for the 2009 attack on the U.S. cargo vessel the Maersk Alabama.
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Follow them to their home port and then use nerve gas to put an end to them. These aren’t humans.
In the old days the naval commander in the vicinity would be allowed (and expected) to burn the pirate sheltering port down to the ground.
Had a boat full of Bibles - God bless the martyrs.
Clearly: The word is out that Obama can easily be pushed around.
Think it over: SKIFFS initiated fire against a US destroyer.
Remember how Khaddafi piped down after the Reagan Treatment?
One side has the will, but little means. The other side has the means, and not the will.
Their rules of engagement have changed. Our response should be summary execution for those caught in the act of piracy.
Haul them back to the USA and put them on trial for murder one.
Bozo is too busy these days - Like being at his 13th trip to Ohio in just as many months.
C'mon - what's more important - protecting our citizens & our country or running around the country on the tax payer's dime to promote his UNION thugs!!
And the response of the President of the United States will be... nothing.
Provided he doesn’t get down on his knees and apologize to the pirates on behalf of America for making the ghouls expend four rounds.
Firing a rocket propelled grenade at a US Destroyer? How come the pirates are still breathing?
Is this not an act of war?
Yet another checkmark on Obama’s glowing record as POTUS...
WE supposedly have the most advanced military in the world, with the best of resources, and are supposedly geared-up for war against terrorists -which pirates are. So why can we not seem to do anything about this? The surrounding nations don’t seem to care or are helpless to do anything. Why is this not a priority? Hello - is anyone home in the White House, or are you out playing golf again?
Did Obama order that they be spared?
“...burn the pirate sheltering port down to the ground.”
That’s the missing linkage. Any port that shelters pirates is either governed by a criminal regime that gives shelter to pirates or is governed by the pirates themselves.
Very bad idea. Keep them out of reach of the ACLU lawyers. Military commission on the deck of the USS >fill in the name of vessel here<, and then hang 'em from the yardarm. Best part, it's legal.
NO. ABSOLUTELY NO.
Kill them and dump their bodies at sea for the sharks.
“The other side has the means, and not the will.”
It has often occurred to me and still seems strangely counter-intuitive that we lost the will exactly when we developed the ultimate means.
Or airdrop their corpses over Mogadishu...
Pirates who currently hold 30 ships and more than 660 hostages
They are holding more than 600 hostages and 30 ships? Hello!!!!??? That wouldn't be something so easy to hide.
IF the international community (or even just the US) wanted to do something about this, it could be done.
Failure to act is to be complicit.
Or as TOTUS would call them, “Bitter clingers”.
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