Monday, April 13, 2009
You've all seen the headlines; Capt. Phillips, taken hostage from an American freighter off the Horn of Africa and already foiled in one escape attempt, was finally freed yesterday after Navy SEALs capped three pirates who appeared ready to end the captain's life. A fourth pirate was taken prisoner. Our MEU buddies, on loan here from the USS Boxer, are livid that said ship got a by-line in the rescue effort without them. Other Somali pirates, clearly stunned and shaken by the Americans' audacity to fight back, are vowing revenge, and complaining that they never killed anybody in their hijackings. Poor guys; they're just trying to make it day by day, boarding vessels at gunpoint and holding their crews hostage until exhorbitant ransoms are paid. Well, hopefully the U.S. Navy will arrange a rendezvous between those dead outlaws and their friends real soon. Shouldn't be that hard; while it's difficult finding individual vessels in a large area of ocean, it's no secret where those vessels are bearthed on land. I think a hard hit raid by a few SEALs and Marines on pirate ports would go a long way in persuading local outlaws to find a new line of work. Nothing says 'piracy doesn't pay' like having your pirate ship burned to the waterline.