From an op-ed written by Peter Zimmerman, professor emeritus at King's College London:
Peter Zimmerman Says Convoys Are an Answer to Piracy - WSJ.comThirty thousand ships a year, roughly 100 a day, 50 in each direction, transit the waters off the coast of Somalia. One convoy in each direction, each day, alternating between fast ships and slower ones, and each accompanied by four or five escort vessels, would do the job. There would then be only two targets a day in each area of coast for the pirates to find, instead of 100. When marauders approach a convoy, they could be warned off by the escorts or destroyed if they attack.
Convoys have historically been the antidote to piracy on the open seas, and they can defend against these attacks once again. Modern naval escorts, equipped with helicopters, have the ability to establish a perimeter around the merchant ships, the firepower to stop a pirate, the legal jurisdiction to do so under the Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the ability to deliver their prisoners for trial.
Desperate times require desperate measures. On both sides. I understand that too.
But there comes a point in time when you either become a part of the problem or part of the solution. If an individual prefers to stay neutral and lend their harmless sympathy one way or the other, fine. But get out of the line of fire.
But if, let's say, some people moved in next door to me that would inevitably bring harm to me or my family, and I had no authority to turn to, to remedy the situation, I would take it upon myself to either eradicate them myself, or remove my family out of harm's way if the risk of removing the threat outweighed the risk of harming my family.
I would NOT turn a blind eye. I would NOT sell them mango's or serve them lunch. I would NOT support them in any way.
But, you never know what you'd do until you are standing in that man's sandals. It's easy for me to type what Ď would do." Doing it is another talk show altogether.
So. What am I left with? A heavy heart for the innocents that can't escape their own reality and an instinctive drive for self-preservation. If I must decide, the latter wins.
Walk softly. Carry a big-ass stick. Play Whack-a-Somali. Happy hunting. Ooooh-rah.
Last edited by Captain America; 04-14-09 at 12:56 PM.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
If there are Somalis that have legitimate business to transact with other nations, we should do legitimate business with honest and legitimate businessmen.
However, when Somalis seek to excuse the piracy, and endeavor to assist their avoidance of punishment, such as the clan elders who attempted to negotiate with FBI hostage negotiators a deal to let the pirates escape all justice, they are most definitely part of the problem:
Negotiations over the American captain taken hostage by Somali pirates broke down on Saturday, according to Somali officials, after American officials insisted that the pirates be arrested and a group of elders representing the pirates refused.So long as Somalis pretend piracy is "no big deal" and fail to oppose it categorically, they will earn damnation equal to that of the pirates, and deservedly so.On Saturday, a group of Somali elders from Gara’ad, mediating on behalf of the pirates, spoke by satellite phone to American officials, according to Abdul Aziz Aw Mahamoud, a district commissioner in the semiautonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia. The elders proposed a deal in which the pirates would release Captain Phillips, with no ransom paid, and that the pirates would then be allowed to escape.
Unfortunately, it's really not going to do any good, the villagers depend on the pirates for their survival, but they don't facilitate the piracy. You have to remember in Somalia, the average person makes $1000 a year, but a pirate can make $10,000 per raid. The pirates are the super-rich among the Somali people, they're the people everyone wants to be.
The only way to stop it is to get an actual government in Somalia, which hasn't had one since 1991, and to put every single pirate caught on the high seas to death, no exceptions.
When they realize they're not only not going to get any ransom, but they're going to be killed and dumped into the surf, they'll stop... one way or the other.
What ethical policy is behind this?
"To bomb/shell any group that harbors violent criminals?"
We'd have to bomb every country/group on the planet, and send a missile into the space station for good measure...don't think we don't know your'e up there space-station-people! I'm sure Richard Garriot has been a facist in ultima online once or twice.
Retalitory violence only works against certain cultures and people, under certain circumstances. Very often it has no real impact, or actually worsens the situation. If you propose that these dirt poor somali villages would "clean up their act" as a result of it, you're kidding yourself.
In by doing so, America stops being someone who solves the problem in that area, but a large reason why they continue to do what they do.
Bombing civilians is not an option on the table, at all, keep living that dream buddy. America and the western world has grown up from being childish like this, and lashing out at at an entire country, when really it is a select few of individuals.
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live. ~ Ayn Rand
A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.~ Nietzsche
Add them to the list of "Axis of Evil"!!!!