Pirates Make Blunder- Attack French Navy
Somali Pirates made a critical blunder Sunday, as they attempted to attack a French Warship, the Nivose, 1000 kilometers off the coast of Kenya. Two of the small, fast pirate boats left the mother ship and approached the French vessel which responded by sending a helicopter up that fired warning shots at the pirates. As soon as the pirates realized they were outgunned they surrendered to the French vessel, turning over their AK-47 Assault Rifles and the RPGs. See the story below.
In another piracy attempt off the coast of Kenya on Saturday, a South Korean Naval vessel repelled pirates who were attempting to attack a North Korean vessel. Again a helicopter was used to ward off the pirates.
Finally, the US Navy returned the bodies of the three pirates killed in the rescue of Capt. Phillips of the Alabama.
The piracy situation in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean could be handled relatively quickly if the right measures were taken. 1) Armed security or armed merchant mariners trained to repel pirates; 2) Letters of marque issued so that privateers, private security companies, could carry out actions against the pirates; 3) the US Navy and Marines with Spec Ops and some B-2 bombers eliminate the threat from the coast of Somalia. 4) Furthermore, when pirates are captured they ought to be summarily tried and executed on the high seas, just as they were in the old days.
It is a major problem for modern navies to be held in check and useless against these pirates.
For Dr. Al mohler’s take on the piracy problem look here:
In the above article Dr. Mohler links the piracy issue with the problem of Islam, as do I. Here is a book I read a few years ago that covered part of the War with the Barbary Pirates in the 19th century and included quite a bit about Islam:
I highly recommend Joshua London’s book and think every American ought to read it to better understand the problem with muslims and piracy. This is a centuries old problem; what we are experiencing is not new and the answers about how to deal with it lie in the past.
Other books on the history of muslim piracy and how the US dealt with in the 19th century are also in the Walker library: