October 11, 1784: Moroccan pirates seize the US-flagged merchant ship Betsey. July 25, 1785: Algerian pirates seize the first of two US-flagged merchantmen. The First Barbary War: 1801-1805. The US and Swedish navies defeat the navy and privateers of Pasha of Tripoli, an Ottoman governor of the region known as the Vilayet of Tripolitania. Of note is the invasion of enemy territory by Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon and 8 US Marines, along with 500 mercenaries, ending in the battle for and capture of the Tripolitan city of Derna. The Second Barbary War: 1815. While the US was engaged with war with [...]
So, for whatever reason, the pirates aboard the QUEST decided to shoot an RPG at the STERETT and then kill the four Americans who they were holding hostage. Thirteen pirates are in custody, while two decided to resist and were killed, one with a handgun and the other in “…a close combat knife fight.” I don’t think this event is going to deter anything like this from happening again. I do think there is one thing that would, but I don’t think anyone has the will to execute the remaining pirates today…
Courtesy of MDL, we have THIS: “U.S. forces board pirate-captured vessel, seize control “(CNN) — U.S. Marines boarded and seized control Thursday of a German-owned vessel that pirates had captured the day before off the coast of Somalia, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said. “It’s the first time U.S. military forces off Somalia have staged an action to board a commercial vessel in which pirates were on board with hostages, said a U.S. Navy spokesman, who was not authorized to speak publicly but had direct knowledge of the incident. “The action came about because the highly specialized Marine raiding force — [...]
In the WaPo: Fred Hiatt notices the deafening silence on Iraq and Afghanistan amongst our elected leaders officials. Also in our sometimes curious local paper: Navies Ask, Now What?? I’ll tell you– KA-BLAM! (splash) On the gun front, has anyone ever shot any Blue Star Ammo? If so, how’d it do? Also on the gun front, we have rediscovered the rare combination of utility and pleasure, in Virginia Gun Trader. How was everyone’s weekend?
‘It is simply illogical to treat them as domestic criminals or to try them in national courts: They should be considered a special category of international terrorist, not as domestic criminals. On the other hand, there are no international courts or international prisons equipped to cope with them: Last month the U.N. Security Council called upon the secretary general to look into the idea of creating some, but of course any U.N. system would take months or years to come into being. “In the meantime, we have a few other options. We can take the Somali pirates more seriously as [...]
Drifter-5 wrote in with this: “Good to see the Navy getting back to their roots. “And what kind of retards attack a Navy frigate?!? Hopefully they are all as stupid.” ANSWER: Khat-addled assholes, that’s who. And there’s no shortage of them. Dickheads. Belligerent fuckbags. The only thing missing from the story is the line, “After a brief judicial proceeding conducted by the frigate’s commanding officer, the five pirates were executed and their bodies dumped into the ocean.” See how easy it would be to stop piracy? We could start by killing the pirates…
Great news off the Horn of Africa: ROME — An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday. Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white speed boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire. I like the way they roll! Looks like one cruise line isn’t shy of [...]
Excellent online discussion today with one of the crewmen from the Maersk Alabama. This guy has his head one hundred percent in the game. Not someone to be trifled with. One point is crystal clear, for applies equally to citizens as well as merchant crews– gun control doesn’t work.
Heeeeeeeeeere we go: Smiling Somali Pirate Weeps in Federal Court in New York City, Hearing Reopened to Public Arrogant, snarling, posturing, cruel; and when under the gun, craven and prostrate. That’s your average Somali gunman, ashore or afloat. You can– you must– respect him as an adversary because he gives as good he gets, and if you show any weakness you’ll regret it. If you live long enough. The bright side is that he understands the use of force, he expects to get hammered if he gets caught out. Charity, justice, fairness? Not in his vocabulary. If we want to [...]
The WaPo has some good detail on the whole operation. We can’t say enough about the SEALs, and the captain and crew of BAINBRIDGE. Fine work by all hands. This ended well. We have our man back, and we drew a little blood. But the problem persists. We can’t wait for hostages to be taken, and then expect every action to end as successfully. No, we have to do more. Fred Ikle offers a plan. I’m with him. (Except who needs the Security Council to authorize a blockade??) One his most important points is not to become excessively legalistic, to [...]