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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 9:03 p.m. PST

"Nowhere on Earth do pirates strike more often than the Gulf of Guinea, where more than 130 sailors were taken hostage last year. The area is more dangerous than the Somali coast. The EU wants to do something about it.

The container ship Mozart was more than 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers/230 miles) off the Nigerian coast in January when the pirates struck out of nowhere.

Media outlets published reports of dramatic scenes on board the vessel: While the ship's crew cowered in a safe room fearing for their lives, the pirates quietly set about their work getting to them. It took them six hours to break open the door to the so-called Citadel but they did it. In the end, one crew member was killed and 15 others were kidnapped. The men have since been freed, but it remains unclear if ransom money was paid for their release…"
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arealdeadone22 Feb 2021 9:58 p.m. PST

It's because we're all too tolerant of pirates.

It's because we ignore this marvellous implements of death such as guided missile strikes, AC-130 gunships and fuel air explosives.

Where there is a will there is a way.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2021 9:08 a.m. PST

+1 arealdeadone

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2021 9:14 a.m. PST

+2 arealdeadone

Legion 423 Feb 2021 9:21 a.m. PST

Yep +3 aredeadone !!!!

mjkerner23 Feb 2021 9:34 a.m. PST

Yes, what about "Lay Them to Waste" don't modern governments understand?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2021 10:04 a.m. PST

Yep, catch and release, or not pursue at all, seems to be the current strategy for them, and far too many other criminals.

Hanging them from the nearest high place, is virtually guaranteed to prevent recidivism, AND also provides a deterrent effect to others that may consider taking up the local past-time.

Now, now, mjk, and ardo, we live in more enlightened times, and strive to have a greater understanding of "the root cause" of piracy, since we all know the perpetrators are just victims of circumstance, trying to earn a living any way they can (heavy, dripping sarcasm intended, in case you can't tell).

I'm in favor of hoisting from the nearest yardarm, tall tree, or flagpole, if kinetic options are ruled out.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2021 11:04 a.m. PST

Glup!….

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Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2021 7:59 p.m. PST

The LRAD and other non-lethal weapons broadly deployed on civilian ships could substantially deter pirates. Civilian sailors wouldn't have to kill anyone and no one's navy would have to get involved.

That being said, though, I think the navies of the world should be sinking some pirate boats.

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