I think honeypots would be a great way to deter piracy. Just load up a ship full of troops and pretend to be a tanker/cargo ship/whatever. When they try to board your ship, do whatever needs to be done. This adds to the risk calculation of even attempting to hijack a ship. They'll have to counter with larger boats and bigger raid parties, which can easily be detected and destroyed by our Navy.
But that honey-pot idea would be one heckuva secret to keep. Plus, only a small fraction of the passing ships get assaulted. What are the odds?
I think we ougta go with the security squads flying under a neutral flag on as many vessels as we can.
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Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
I mean, hey. They were clever enough to outwit how many navies to hijack ships?
I just meant to make the point that after 24 years of deaths and before that the famine and starvation.
Life becomes expendable and is seen as cheap as death is nothing new.
Low enough that the shipping companies prefer to pay the ransom... Which makes you wander if anything other than rescue operations is warranted at all. The free market has thus far decided that it's cheaper just to pay the ransom or in some cases equip the crew with small arms. Any effort to "eradicate" piracy is just wasted money. Maybe putting dormant SpecOps teams on a few randomly selected ships every day would be a good idea. All it would take would be one honeypot to have the desired effect. Send one of the pirates home to tell em what happened to his comrades.But that honey-pot idea would be one heckuva secret to keep. Plus, only a small fraction of the passing ships get assaulted. What are the odds?
I'm really not sure ships can fly under a UN flag and I'm not sure the blue helmets can be put to this use, plus I'm not sure they'd be all that effective if they were. What's clear to me is the US Navy can't be the World Police and we should be concerned primarily if not exclusively with US citizens and assets. Since this is largely not an American problem, I don't think it justifies that much of an investment on our part.
It gives food for thought as a revenue vertical for the US Treasury since these ships are covered by insurance policies, one owner said as much as 750k per ship and there are what? 20k ships passing through? money to develop new technology, live practice for keeping skill sets sharp and $$$$ for a resource we have to maintain 365/24/7 so we do have the SEALS to send in when needed for the American citizen... they used to offer a bounty on pirates in the 'good ole days', often history reveals a solution...
Not realistic, just thinking outside of the box and enjoying the intellect and not so intellectual banter in the thread... thank you
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