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    Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    LONDON (Reuters) - Somali pirates have demanded a $7 million (4.3 million pounds) ransom for a British couple captured on their yacht in the Indian Ocean, according to a phone call from a man purporting to be a member of the gang broadcast by the BBC on Friday.
    I think the UK needs to call the US and borrow some Navy Seals to take these punks out.

    But, seriously, we know where they live. In Somalia. Each time Somali pirates take hostages, the UK, US, or whichever nation the hostages belong to should do the same. For each citizen they kill of ours, we should kill about 5,000 of theirs. I bet that would put the pirates out of business in short order, because whatever passes for the Somali government would then take us seriously, and decide to control their pirates.

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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    I can't run with those jingoist vibes. I can't claim that everyone's equal by a long shot, but there's no evidence that I'm aware of that U.S. citizens are more valuable than Somalis.

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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    I can't run with those jingoist vibes. I can't claim that everyone's equal by a long shot, but there's no evidence that I'm aware of that U.S. citizens are more valuable than Somalis.
    They are if the Somali government supports the terrorists by acts of omission. It becomes an act of war.
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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    What the hell were the couple doing on a Yacht on the Indian Ocean?

    That's like driving a Bentley through Johannesburg's slums and wondering why people have removed you from your vehicle.
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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    They are if the Somali government supports the terrorists by acts of omission. It becomes an act of war.
    Yeah, again...no jingoist perspective here. The fact that some people engage in piracy because of indigence exacerbated by governance by feuding warlords and people like that isn't justification for deciding to eradicate many more people in the surrounding area, imho.

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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    I can't run with those jingoist vibes. I can't claim that everyone's equal by a long shot, but there's no evidence that I'm aware of that U.S. citizens are more valuable than Somalis.
    Well, there's the fact that our citizens ransom for higher sums.

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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    Quote Originally Posted by arch enemy View Post
    what the hell were the couple doing on a yacht on the indian ocean?

    That's like driving a bentley through johannesburg's slums and wondering why people have removed you from your vehicle.
    edit< edit.......
    Last edited by Partisan; 10-30-09 at 11:36 PM.

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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    Quote Originally Posted by Coon County View Post
    They must be Libs, critical thinking is not possible...
    I respectfully ask that you not troll this thread.
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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    Yeah, again...no jingoist perspective here. The fact that some people engage in piracy because of indigence exacerbated by governance by feuding warlords and people like that isn't justification for deciding to eradicate many more people in the surrounding area, imho.
    editttttttttt.....
    Last edited by Partisan; 10-30-09 at 11:38 PM.

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    Re: Somali pirates ask $7 million to free UK couple-report

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I respectfully ask that you not troll this thread.
    Ok, I'll edit.....

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