Pirates attack with RPGs and rifle fire, get caught, released immediately

I’m no expert on international law, but it looks like these Somali pirates can attack at will and if the country of the attacked ship does not want to prosecute the criminal offense, they just let them go … most likely after a couple really good meals and medical attention.

Where is the deterrence? If these guys are attacking with RPGs and rifle fire, what’s the problem with having a Predator drone send a single Hellfire missile right into their crappy boat? If they want to play the game, they should be familiar and comfortable with those rules. Since it is very unlikely that will happen, the Somali pirates continue their brazen attacks, with little worry they will be killed or sent to jail.

As a reminder, Rachel and Paul Chandler have been held hostage by Somali pirates since Oct. 3 – six months. Unfortunately, the British Royal Navy directly witnessed the attack and kidnapping but was unable to keep the pirates from heading to shore with the Chandlers.

Today’s story comes from ABC News.

A U.S. Navy ship has sunk a pirate “mother ship” in the Indian Ocean and captured 11 pirates, and then promptly let them go.

It was the second time within 24 hours that U.S. forces captured Somali pirates. Earlier Thursday, five pirates were taken into custody after they attacked a U.S. warship.

While those five pirates remain in custody, the 11 captured Thursday were allowed to leave in small skiffs after the mother ship was sunk. The action prompted a Pentagon spokesman to deny that the Navy had a “catch and release” policy regarding pirates. …

The latest confrontation occurred when pirates on three skiffs tried to hijack the Sierra Leone-flagged commercial ship MV Evita using rocket propelled grenades and rifle fire.

The MV Evita avoided being boarded by increasing its speed and firing flares, according to a press release by the Combined Maritime Piracy Task Force.

After the ship’s captain radioed for help, a Swedish patrol aircraft spotted the pirates and the USS Farragut dispatched its own plane to monitor the situation until the Navy ship could arrive.

The planes watched as the suspected pirates threw ladders and other equipment into the ocean, which was enough to convince the Farragut that the suspects posed no more pirate threat, although they were still found in possession of grappling hooks, according to the task force statement.

4 replies
  1. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    yeah, the whole western world is pathetic in dealing with this situation.  A few strategic bombing attacks (like on the multi-million dollar mansions the pirate leaders have built) would solve the problem quickly.  Stick the captured pirates in a hell-hole of a prison for a few months and they might think twice about attacking again.  Oh, wait, I forgot, that would be mean and we can't look like we're a powerful country any more.  Banana Republics Unite! 

  2. winnifredthewoebegon
    winnifredthewoebegon says:

    Ha!  "Catch & release."

    I have to ask, why are they catching & releasing them?  If one goes to the trouble of stopping pirates in their watery tracks why let them leave in skiffs to go back, regroup & do it again?

    Maybe it's the hair color, but I'm somewhat confused…

  3. pauldow
    pauldow says:

    A very simple policy needs to be implemented. If a flagged ship refused to press charges, any ship from that flagged country gets no further assistance.  If the captain of that ship values their cargo so much more than the lives of their crew, and the crews of other ships from their country, so be it.

    As Barbara Billingsley so aptly put it in the movie Airplane "Chump don wan no help, chump don git no help. Jive a$$ dude don got no brains anyhow."

    • winnifredthewoebegon
      winnifredthewoebegon says:

      @pauldow!  LOL  can't believe you quoted Airplane!  Classic & so fitting!

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