After writing the preceding post on piracy, I just now read a Voice of America report on today's Congressional testimony by the head of the U.S. Navy's Central Command.
In his testimony, Vice Admiral Gortney said the task force has encountered about 200 pirates. He said seven of them were delivered to Kenyan authorities Thursday for possible prosecution.Two hundred pirates encountered, seven delivered for possible prosecution. Yeah, that's a serious anti-piracy effort we've got underway. The article has a picture of a small boat full of pirates being boarded by German forces. Here's what should happen to those small boats when caught in obvious acts of piracy. Sink the boat. Machine-gun the survivors in the water. Repeat for all subsequent incidents until piracy ceases. After a few such encounters, would-be pirates will get the message. Problem solved. I know, we can't do that. Killing vicious criminals who represent a plague on shipping is just so uncivilized. We'll just hope we can intercept them and deliver them for possible prosecution. If we miss some and they kill any innocent victims, oh well, that's just too bad.