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    Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    Source: Fox News
    April 14, 2009

    Another attack by Somali muslim pirates on a US ship carrying food aid to Africa.

    Somali pirates attacked and damaged an American ship carrying humanitarian aid Tuesday, but the ship and crew were safe under Navy escort, the military and shipping company said.

    The pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons at the Liberty Sun as it carried food for famine-wracked African nations, said the vessel's owner, Liberty Maritime Corp. The ship was en route from Houston to Mombasa, Kenya, with a roughly 20-member crew, officials said.
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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
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    Another attack by Somali muslim pirates on a US ship carrying food aid to Africa.



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    Last I heard NATO's anti-piracy campaign was three ships covering 1 million square miles of ocean. I don't know much about boating, and the amount of territory a single ship can cover... but we need to multiple this number by at least 10.

    The more you attack American ships, the larger America's retaliation will be.
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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    An example needs to be set, and pirates are going to have to start and keep dying. It's the only way.

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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Lib View Post
    An example needs to be set, and pirates are going to have to start and keep dying. It's the only way.
    Piracy won't stop until someone starts hunting the pirates. Eventually, someone is going to have to go into the villages that give them safe harbor and start doing some shooting.

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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Piracy won't stop until someone starts hunting the pirates. Eventually, someone is going to have to go into the villages that give them safe harbor and start doing some shooting.
    Isn't that what the Marines are for?
    George Washington didn't use his freedom of speech to win the war with Britain... He shot them.

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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Piracy won't stop until someone starts hunting the pirates. Eventually, someone is going to have to go into the villages that give them safe harbor and start doing some shooting.
    I completely agree. Peaceful negotiation can work, but this is not one of those times.

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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Last I heard NATO's anti-piracy campaign was three ships covering 1 million square miles of ocean. I don't know much about boating, and the amount of territory a single ship can cover... but we need to multiple this number by at least 10.

    The more you attack American ships, the larger America's retaliation will be.
    NBC Nightly News said there are 288 ships in the US Navy, total. That's 3,400 Sq miles for every ship to patrol.

    Impossible.

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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    NBC Nightly News said there are 288 ships in the US Navy, total. That's 3,400 Sq miles for every ship to patrol.

    Impossible.
    Looks like allies are gonna have to start pulling their weight also.

    I see this ending up as a land fight.
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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    This current hue and cry for military action against the pirates reminds me of the sentiment against Saddam Hussein before 2003.

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    Re: Pirates Attack U.S. Ship but Fail to Board

    Quote Originally Posted by SgtRock View Post
    -- Another attack by Somali muslim pirates on a US ship carrying food aid to Africa.
    I was wrong in thinking that the death of 3 pirates and successful rescue of Captain Phillips would stop the pirates from attacking any more US ships.

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