Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How to End Piracy

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Quoting HotAir:

“Navies in the region have to start blowing pirates out of the water when intercepted. At present, the risk/reward ratio has become distorted — which is why piracy has gotten out of control. The pirates see little risk and accrue great rewards, mostly through hostaging the crews of the boats they seize.”
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Since Yahoo news links seem to disappear over time, I will note that the referenced AP article can also be found here.

Although I cannot, at the moment, find substantiating evidence; I seem to recall that, in another example of Political Correctness run amuck, International law now forbids merchant vessels from using firearms to defend themselves.

There is a very simple solution to this problem. Strategically mount a few .50 caliber machine guns on every merchant ship. Anybody who approaches within some specified distance gets a warning shot across the bow. Approach any closer and they get blown out of the water (without expectation of rescue).

If machine guns are not enough of a deterrent, increase the firepower until the vessels are capable of self defense.

That would end piracy completely and immediately. It would also cause the PC crowd --- who do not believe in the principle of self-defense --- to go apoplectic (two birds with one stone --- win/win).

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