Piracy Solutions

Mar 25, 2011 12:00 AM
For far too long, there has been far too much talk of doing something about the piracy situation in the Indian Ocean and nearby seas. It's time to take serious action.

Obviously, the 800 hostages the pirates have taken over the past several years could be in serious danger if too drastic of measures are employed in the treatment of pirates captured in the act on the high seas.
So, obviously again, a "take no prisoners" option may not be the answer, though tempting, in confrontations at sea.
But why not hit the pirates where they live?! They have to be housed somewhere. The ships that have been taken have to be moored somewhere.
At least a partial answer could be a multi-national military force, led by NATO or the U.S., employing all the latest space spy satellite equipment to find their whereabouts; track their movements; and at the appropriate time -- move in. Rescue the current hostages. Destroy the pirates' housing, using air and ground forces. Capture those few pirates who don't die in the action. But give little quarter!
If those kinds of actions could be accomplished simultaneously on the several on-shore pirates' hideouts in that portion of the globe, it might just put a halt to future crime on the high seas. Or at least put a huge crimp in it.
The most recent heinous act against the two couples innocently cruising the world on their yacht, was murder, pure and simple, if the news reports are to be believed as fact. And while most countries don't have capital punishment as part of their justice system, maybe the perps -- as law enforcement is wont to term them -- should be tried and treated much the same as the Iraqis did regarding their recent late and mostly-unlamented leader.
Savagery is not being suggested in treatment of pirates when captured. But they and their potential ilk ought, in the least, be taught about tough love.
(Note: This is just a viewpoint from an interested citizen. I am not a professional in law enforcement or any other official group, government or non-government.)
Roland A. Herriges
Spokane, WA
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