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Royal Navy Admiral forgets history in favour of politics…

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I was looking at this report on the BBC and this comment  by Rear Admiral Jones jumped out at me;

“I’d be the first to admit that a naval force itself cannot eradicate
piracy… but we can still make a significant contribution to combating

What?  A naval force cannot eradicate piracy?  But.. but.. isn’t that what the Royal Navy spent a lot of time doing in the 18th & 19th centuries?  And doing very well, I might add.  Many a young officer made both his career and his fortune by going after pirates (just look up the fate of many famous pirates and see how many met their end at the hands of the Royal Navy).

Of course these days, what with the UN and internation law and all that, it’s much more complicated going after pirates these days.  For one thing, no-one wants to actually capture a pirate, because he’ll probably immediately ask for asylum.  Can’t kill ’em like in the old days (when aforementioneed ambitious officers simply strung pirates up from the nearest mast).  I’m not rightwing, but I bet if the various warships patrolling the Horn of Africa used all their high-tech gear to find and sink all the pirates they could find, the problem would soon go away.

No, politics and law interfere, and while it’s cheaper to pay ransoms, pirates are here to stay.  Obviously paying ransoms means more pirates and more hijackings, but some people never learn.

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Written by seancasaidhe

December 9, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Posted in Sicily

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