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Fox News: Four Americans Killed on Yacht Hijacked by Somali Pirates

(h/t: Bagua)

Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates were gunned down by their captors Tuesday.

U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the yacht Quest at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, but discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite attempts to save their lives, all four hostages died of their wounds.

“We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest,” said Gen. James N. Mattis, U.S. Central Command Commander in a news release.

Two pirates died during the confrontation and U.S. forces found the remains of two other pirates already dead aboard the vessel. Thirteen pirates were captured and detained, along with two already in custody. A total of 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking.

The remains of the four Americans were taken aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, as were the 15 pirates in custody. There is no word yet on where the pirates will be taken for trial. They could go to Kenya or they could come back to the U.S. There is a precedent for both.

Read it all.

Pirates belong in the history books or the movies, not in real life. The United States has adequate naval firepower to put an end to piracy in international waters. The US Constitution empowers the US Senate and House of Representatives to do what is needed to get rid of this scourge.

Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution empowers Congress

…To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;…

Obama failed to take any action until it was too late. Yoo-hoo, Obama and the US Senate and House: You can’t pussyfoot around with pirates. It’s YOUR DUTY to defend the US against foreign enemies. In case you haven’t noticed, pirates are foreign enemies, they have attacked us, and it’s your duty to do something about it, without delay. You have to clean pirates out of the sea lanes, you have to sink all their boats and ships, and you have to take out the villages and settlements where they are based. The Senate needs to enact a specific declaration of war against these pirates and the House needs to vote funding to back it up.

None of this “nation-building” – just clean them out once and for all. If you fail to do that, piracy will rapidly grow out of control and maritime transport will become more and more dangerous and expensive. Allowing this piracy to continue will cost us, and the rest of the world, very heavily in the long run.

Says Iron Fist on a recent thread on Blogmocracy:

mawskrat wrote:

well at least Obama approved action if the Navy thought the hostages were in danger.

I call bull**** on that. The hostages were in danger from the minute the Somali animals took them prisoner. They should have threatened to bomb the pirates’ village flat if any of the hostages were harmed. Now they should follow up on that. Kill the village. Everyone in it. Flatten it with fuel-air explosives. Sink any vessels that try and make port there afterwords.

One of the problems that is hamstringing the US and other nations in dealing with pirates is the UN. That organization serves only to protect and foster evildoers all over the world; it’s long past time to get the US out of the UN and vice versa, but that is an argument for another day. The problem is that current maritime law as defined by the UN makes no provision for dealing with pirates.

DNA India: Why we still have pirates in the 21st century

Gwynne Dyer / Sunday, October 10, 2010 22:14 IST
How can it have come to pass that we have a major pirate problem in the 21st century? They sorted that out in the early 18th century. Why has it got unsorted again?

Blame international law. When they were codifying the law of the sea back in the 1970s, the world had no pirate problem worth talking about. So they dropped the rule of “universal jurisdiction” that had been the key to suppressing piracy in the bad old days. “Universal jurisdiction”meant that every navy could arrest suspected pirates of any nationality and try them under its own national laws, since pirates had been defined as “the enemies of all mankind.” That’s how piracy was wiped out in the first place.

But when they were writing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in the 1970s, there were no pirates anymore, so they dropped the rule of “universal jurisdiction” in favour of a legal regime more attuned to modern notions of human rights and national sovereignty. What has replaced those old rules, in practice, is a legal quagmire where you can never be sure who has legal jurisdiction. So the navies (which could easily suppress the piracy if they were free to act) refrain from using force, and are reluctant even to arrest people at sea who are quite obviously pirates.

To extinguish piracy again, we need a modernised version of the old rules. That requires prompt action to create a comprehensive international agreement that gets around the Law of the Sea.

There is one other issue, of course. If we use serious force against the pirates, they will threaten to use force against their captives. Some of them might be killed. But since there will never be a time when there are no captives in the hands of the Somali pirates until and unless we crack down hard, that is a risk that we just have to take.

Read it all.

A better idea: Ignore the UN entirely and go after the pirates. If anybody complains, ignore them also.

We dealt with jihadi pirates two centuries ago, during the Thomas Jefferson administration. We can do it again.

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1 DvDH February 25, 2011 at 5:50 am

“A better idea: Ignore the UN entirely and go after the pirates. If anybody complains, ignore them also.

We dealt with jihadi pirates two centuries ago, during the Thomas Jefferson administration. We can do it again.”

I think you got the first part correct, go ahead and fight the pirates and ignore the UN who are tied up with their own beaucracy that is then played to by terrorists and in this case the pirates. Being someone with family in the Navy (Royal Dutch) I know from them it is not easy as with mother ships pirates can go as far as the coast of India and the region is vast. It still comes down to the point you made – ignore the UN and just do something about it – on the land more than on the sea – give an ultimatum to the people of Somalia that if they do not get their act together, they are banned from the sea altogether, including the smallest fishing “canoe”.

As for the second point, the Barbery Pirates were more pirateers than pirates, meaning they were mostly allowed to do piracy against certain nations under the flag and protection of certain states. They learnt that from the British who learned it from the Portuguese. They were not “Jihadists” which is simply a load of BS and the crews were not all Muslim, not all foreign Slaves and were simply a privateer navy, particularly those from the Bouregreg river which is now between Rabat and Salé in Morocco. Another intersting point about Barbery Pirates (all three groups), they were just as much fighting for/with western nations as against them and the US was targetted because the British and the Spanish allowed them to.

2 1389 February 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

It is true that the Barbary Pirates did include some renegades from western countries, just as jihadi forces nowadays recruit various western misfits, malcontents, and common criminals who become converts to Islam. That said, it is incorrect to claim that the Barbary Pirates were fighting for/with western nations. Instead, the European powers, and later the US, had been paying “protection money” to the Barbary States in exchange for their ships being temporarily let alone.

During colonial times, US merchant ships were under the protection of Britain, and during the Revolutionary War, US merchant ships were under the protection of France, our ally at the time. After the Treaty of Paris, however, we were on our own and became vulnerable to attack by the Barbary Pirates.

This piracy was, in effect, state-sponsored terrorism, and the Barbary Pirates were, in fact, jihadis.

America’s first conflict with the Muslim world: Dealing with the Barbary pirates

At first, America tried to buy peace by paying tribute (extortion/bribes) to the Barbary States as many European nations had been doing. Such payments almost broke the bank of the new nation. When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy to London in 1785, they received this unequivocal response, in Jefferson’s words, that appears to be from Al Qaida’s playbook:

“It was written in the Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every Muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.” [emphasis mine]

That’s jihad, no question about it!

3 Takayuki January 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

to have over 2,000 troops and is a force to be recnoked with on the high seas near and around Sri Lanka. The Woodrow Wilson School of Politics and International Studies has reported that this elite terrorist naval unit has destroyed 35- 50 percent of the Sri Lankan Navy. But they also are reported to be engaged in piracy on the open international seas; hijacking various ships or diverse origin since 1995 to the present day.They especially like to target freighters carrying goods they can make high profit selling on the world black market . Once they take over these vessels, cargo and crew disappear, often without a trace. Chinese, Malaysian, Jordanian and Indian ships have been the target of the Tamil Sea Tigers during the past 20 years. The LTTE Sea Tigers fear no nation on the high seas, it seems and they have made a grave impact upon trade routes with their acts of piracy. Once a ship is hijacked this vicious group of terrorists kill the crew, take the goods and sometimes sink the vessel or make it a so called phantom vessel , incorporating it into their fleet. In the 1990 s nations tried to negotiate with the LTTE pirates, but usually to no avail. They are clever and violent using aircraft and speed boats loaded with explosives to pirate vessels of their choice. The Indian press reports new alarming information about their activities that has the American authorities very tight mouthed: reports that within marine wing of the LTTE, they are trying to develop homemade submarines, in order to expand their activities of smuggling and piracy. It is also known several submarine type ships were caught carrying large cocaine shipments from Columbia and Costa Rica to the U.S. mainland in the past several years were manned by LTTE Sea Tigers (2006, 3 tons of cocaine confiscated in international water off the coast of Coast Rica).The Sri Lankan military has been actively carrying out operations to shut down the LTTE Pirates and sea bases in northern Sri Lanka. Their success with naval blockages and land attacks on Sea Tiger Base Camps has been documented in the International News Media in February and March of 2009. These military surges, by the Sri Lankan military have captured many Sea Tiger speed boats (used as bomb craft when attacking on the open seas) and submersibles used by the terrorists during the water raids. On February 8, 2009, the SLAF (Sri Lankan Air Force) reported to the Press that the Sea Tiger leader had been killed and the terrorist main sea command post destroyed.Piracy supports the terrorist agenda for the LTTE through the expansive network of the Sea Tigers military division. No nation is safe from their high seas piracy and terror, for they do not have boundaries on their violent actions. Their mission is clear: pillage, plunder, kill, destroy and create havoc, until they are in control of Sri Lanka. If they ever get control of Sri Lanka territories will their piracy stop then? Probably not, as it has been a very profitable venture over the past 25 years that has funded their terrorism and allowed the leaders to grow rich. The US Administration is prevailing on the Sri Lankan government to grant concessions to the Tamils thinking that the LTTE is fighting their cause. It is not so. Moderate Tamils who oppose the LTTE Terror tactics cannot speak as they fear for their lives. This is not an ethnic issue. It is pure and brutal Terrorism. The Tamil Tigers trained AlQaida suicide bombers and it is so hard to make the US, UK and other countries believe so. Even Secretary Hillary Clinton believes Tamils need concessions. That is not the real reason for LTTE. They have killed more of their Tamil citizens for not supporting them with demands for money and young children used in the armed struggles.PLEASE GIVE THIS ATTENTION IN THE US MEDIA. TAMIL TIGERS ARE TERRORISTS OF THE WORST KIND FBI SAYS SO TOO.

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