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Counter pirates like we counter terrorists

Posted By Uncle Jimbo • [January 27, 2011]

By stacking them like cordwood, or returning them to their component molecules. Some Navy guy talkin' smack I can definitely get on board with.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and its allies should put more pressure on Somali pirates on shore, before they reach commercial ships off the Somali coast, a top Navy commander said Wednesday.

Vice Adm. Mark Fox, who is commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Central Command fleet, warned that the pirates' growing use of larger, often commandeered ships, is a "game-changer" that allows them to go farther out to sea where Navy ships are not often present.

Hey you know what would put serious pressure on them on shore? Hellfire missiles, they're not just for terrorists any more. Grim has long been advocating that we treat pirates as some Latin phrase that has legal founding in some bunch of dusty old European treaties that basically says they can be whacked as vermin. Something about being menaces to society and outside the law. Regardless, it's nice to see the Navy getting a bit livelier. Get Some Admiral!

There is absolutely no reason to be floating around on a boat in that ocean with guns and RPGs unless you are a pirate. So floating in a boat with guns should be prima facie evidence of piracy and the sentence should be plank walking. The Russians did exactly that last year and it should be a precedent for dealing with these parasites.

“The Russians commandos stormed the ship before sunrise, starting a firefight with our men, onboard they injured three of them and one was killed,” he said.

He dismissed the Russian navy statement that the men were released because of “the absence of a legal base to carry out prosecution procedures against pirates”.

“The Russians never released the young men instead they shot them point-blank range then loaded their lifeless bodies back on the boat,” he added.

Bravo, well done Vlad. That is how to deal with people who disdain international law, which currently does a a crap job of dealing with this problem. The added component of dealing with their support operations on land is simply common sense. We know where they live and where they keep hijacked ships and we ought to acquaint them with the sound of drones circling and then with the whipcrack explosion when the Hellfire comes. Payback is supposed to be a medevac, but I'll settle for a hearse.

UPDATE: Froggy said... Existing technology cannot measure the level of AWESOME that would be Navy SEALs on a Somali pirate hunt.

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