Piracy. Murder at sea - Beluga Nomination
Of course this murder, like any other is a terrible thing by itself… But, unfortunately, not all of us have yet realised that piracy is not just ‘nasty business of bad guys’, but that is a WAR, albeit a criminal war. This war began from the first shot made by Somalian bandits attacking merchant vessel on the high seas and since then it just goes on and on.
How one would describe automatic gun and RGB grenades shooting on streets of our towns? I'm afraid such civil unrest would be very close to civil war… then why we shall underestimate consequences of same actions on the high seas? And another question - what do we expect from armed bandits? Robbing and killing is their business, the war is their business - not the piece, this why all democratic ideas and legal battles around Somalian piracy are so fruitless until now.
Somalian hostages, of course, must be freed by any means, but I would not rely much on their status of hostages. They are in reality - captives. If, by some magic, tomorrow all seamen will be released from their captivity, then quite evidently a military action against pirates (at least at sea) would be imminent. Pirates know this only too well…
Therefore the only way for pirates to survive is to take more and more captives and the only way to prevent it, is to fire back at them (or physically eliminate source of aggression) - a la guerre comme a la guerre.
In my view united military forces shall concentrate their efforts first of all on how to release seamen from Somalia and secondly and simultaneously - by all means prevent any further hijacking. It looks terribly hard to achieve but do we have any other option?
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