Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Good Pirate is a Dead Pirate

Four dead Americans are left dead as the final outcome from the hostage siege out in open seas and the only thing the US government can do is say, "we strongly condemned the killing of the Americans as deplorable." That statement came from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Well, what is that going to do, Madam Secretary? Also, Obama instructs the navy to follow the yacht and use force if the hostage is in imminent threat. I guess the last incident in the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama wasn't a wake up call to Obama. Now, Obama is responsible of the deaths of 4 American citizens, who yachted around the world giving away bibles. These pirates are kidnapping Americans without fear. The pirates have become increasingly bold in their attacks despite a flotilla of international warships patrolling the waters off East Africa.

Now the military is in a quandry. Obama's stupid rule of engagement for the military has made us look weak. Military planners aren't sure to go after the pirates harder and attack their bases on Somalia's ungoverned shores? Commonsense will mandate that America don't appease with terrorist and understand a good pirate is a dead pirate.

(Yahoo) NAIROBI, Kenya – A U.S. Navy destroyer was shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard when a pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade, followed by bursts of gunfire. U.S. special forces scrambled onto the occupied vessel only to find the four Americans fatally wounded.

The yachting enthusiasts from California and Washington killed off the coast of East Africa on Tuesday were the first Americans slain by Somali pirates since a wave of attacks began six years ago. One of the American couples had been sailing around the world since 2004 handing out Bibles.

The deaths of the four travelers, all in their late 50s or 60s, appeared to underscore an increasingly brutal and aggressive shift by pirates in their treatment of hostages.

Killing hostages "has now become part of our rules," said a pirate who identified himself as Muse Abdi. He referred as a turning point to last week's sentencing of a pirate to 33 years in prison for the 2009 attack on the U.S. cargo vessel the Maersk Alabama — just two days before the hijacking.

"From now on, anyone who tries to rescue the hostages in our hands will only collect dead bodies," Abdi said. "It will never, ever happen that hostages are rescued and we are hauled to prison."