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Old 04-13-2009, 09:16 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Totenkopf View Post
Ok, how's that for a serious topic. In light of the recent events re the Maersk Alabama, piracy has (at least temporarily) regained the spotlight. So the purpose of this is twofold.

1)How do you feel/what do you think about the way this crisis was handled?
(and what the hell does Hilary mean exactly by "21st century solution"?)
I think it was done well enough. We surrounded the pirates, I suspect, we kept the public and the media uninformed in case the pirates had backup and were watching the news on live international stream. (Now if they would have just done this for the wars in Afghanistan/Iraq. <frown>)

We didn't negotiate and kept to our guns. They got greedy I guess, and we whacked them since they took too long anyway. Or we held them in place, or both.

BTW, J7, excellent tactical prowess--didn't know you had it in you.

So far as what Hillary anyone's guess. She's never *really* been straightforward. May just be my opinion, though.

2)What do you think should be the future response to this problem? Arm merchant ships? Etc...?
Sure. I mean, if other countries are shadily dispensing assault weapons like "Rolos" from a vending machine...why not arm our folks with the same armaments? Occupational hazards ought to have adequate equipment to confront the problems as a countermeasure, no?

Sure we could leave it to international forces, but to be honest I do not believe they could do an effective job of enforcement.

Since this isn't necessarily a politics/religion question (though proposed solutions may end up falling along partisan lines), I didn't think it necessary to put in hot topics section.

Ok, people, have at it....

Maybe the situation required a certain measure of timing and delicacy. If not, then I don't see why we didn't just whack the bastards sooner. Just my .
Originally Posted by Astor Kaine View Post
I think it was the right response. I was surprised that the US Navy hadn't gone in earlier, but I think it was about the only way it could have ended.
Couldn't agree more.

Keelhaul those responsible.
MMMMM. Tasty. I like your style.

I don't know about arming ships, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see crews carrying weaponry at all times in high-risk areas such as the Gulf of Aden. My father mentioned a return to travelling in convoys, but I don't see the situation being that severe.
You never know. Maybe not for now, but it would be a safe consideration, no?

I can definately see an increase in naval deployment - in addition to the multi-national taskforce already there. An increase in regular patrols, close to the coast of Somalia would make sense too.
In general even.

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