Last edited by Laila; 02-22-11 at 11:31 AM.
If you wanna go yachting off the ****ing coast of Somalia as 4 white American Christians and you didn't see this coming, I have no idea what planet they were on...
Here's a good way not to die off the coast of Somalia that we all know has been dangerous for YEARS!
DONT GO THERE!
What was it you said when the christian missionaries died in afganistan Mr V?
Several quick thoughts:
1) Somalia is a country without a functional government. That a chaotic environment in which piracy, among other issues, exist is consistent with situations where power vacuums amplified by various ethnic and/or tribal rivalries and major social challenges are present.
2) Nations need to determine what interests are at stake and the costs/benefits of safeguarding those interests.
3) Various options exist for dealing with the problem. Some options would include:
- ships reroute their courses away from the area's waters (level of inconvenience/cost/time)
- ships coordinate to pass when naval escorts are available (a much more limited period where shipping would occur); ships hiring security crews with sufficient firepower and authority (not unlimited authority, however) to defend against pirate attacks; captured pirates would be prosecuted.
- If piracy has reached a point where it is imposing a significant burden, a limited military operation could be conducted against pirate enclaves and their supporting infrastructure.
- If the national security interests are sufficiently compelling, the U.S. and/or other affected nations with exposed critical interests could take control of Somalia's coastline and begin "supervising" shipping activity in Somalia's waters.
IMO, the national interests at stake are not sufficiently critical to justify that last policy response by the U.S./NATO states (and even as it might be unpopular, I don't believe the U.S. national interest was sufficiently strong to warrant U.S. military intervention during the early 1990s). The first option should be pursued by all pleasure/recreation craft. The first or second option should be pursued by large commercial craft.
Finally, it should be noted that some of Somalia's neighbors may have sufficiently critical interests at stake to warrant either the third or fourth option. Hence, if they chose to pursue such a course, it would be justified based on their interests.
Last edited by donsutherland1; 02-22-11 at 11:34 AM.
I don't see a scale, but it looks like more so have been outside of the 12 mile range.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Last edited by Laila; 02-22-11 at 11:34 AM.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
I have said it previously in one of the other threads something along the lines of:
If they successfully hijack. Good for them.
If they die, good for the Navy who killed them.
The same way I sided with US who killed the Pirates who took the Americans hostage, they were dumb and cocky. They got killed. They asked for it
Seriously? You're equating those two comments? Man you're hurting here for ammo bub.
First off, I held no hate for those folks doing their Christian Ministry work. Gray Fox WAS. BIG difference. I was not saying they deserved to die for what they were doing, only pissed off they went and DID IT in so dangerous a place.
That you cannot see the difference in those views says a LOT about you as a person.
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