Thursday, April 9, 2009

Guest Post: 'One-eyed Willy'


Guest Post by Kevin: 'One-eyed Willy'

The rise of pirates has been on the increase since 2007. In fact, AP stated that the number of ships captured in 2008 is the highest numbers since the pirating days in the Caribbean. How should the United States interact in our international waters over this issue? The US currently is leading the effort to help secure ships off the cost of Africa. Currently we have less then 200 ships flying with a US flag in international waters. US law says that a ship with a US flag has to have a 100% US crew, unlike most other countries just requiring the captain. Another law says any ship that is carrying US aid has to fly the US flag, which accounts for more then half of the 200 US cargo ships. Is it the responsibility of the US to help protect our cargo even if it’s not flying the US flag or should we back down and let other countries handle this issue? Statistics show that funding for the ransom of these ships helps fund gorilla’s that cause mass ethnic cleansing in Africa, not the Middle East. Currently, one US ship was taken over on Thursday 04/08/09, which is the first US ship of the year. Out of the all this ships taken last year and this year, currently this is the only crew that reclaimed control. With that said, the pirates are holding out with the captain as two Navy destroyers and a drone are inbound. The United States government does not accept ransoms or negotiate with terrorists, so this could be a stand off. So what are your thoughts?

Kevin

7 comments:

  1. Those are some mean gorillas!

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  2. So you're telling me that gorillas are killing gorillas, huh? Genocide rocks!

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  3. Is there any law against cargo ships being able to carry weapons and defend themselves? If not, I think right now we have so much on our plate we can't worry to much on 200 ships. From the pictures I have seen most of these boat the pirates use are small and crappy. I would think with some weapons and a bigger boat you could avoid them, but I don't really know enough about it. I do think it is becoming a problem. I just don't really know the answer.

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  4. The answer is Chuck Norris clones obviously.

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  5. First, are these like Jack Sparrow pirates or Captain Hook pirates? Either way Chuck Norris clones might not be the most effective. We might need to send Robin Williams or Orlando Bloom clones. Now if they're Asians, Norrises are the way to go.

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  6. I am going to go with a Johnny Depp type person to protect the ships. The pirates would not know what to do with him. Oh and yes, Casey...Gorillas are mean and drink their own urine...well at lest at the zoo anywaz.

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  7. Just a little update, the Navy Seals took out three pirates over the weekend via snippiers. The captain is safe and the pirates are dead. Once again, I guess don't take over a US ship.

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