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April 9th, 2009
05:14 PM ET

White House on ship hijacking

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gives details about the government's help with ship hijacking by pirates.


Filed under: Pirates
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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Commercial shipping lanes with Quarantine zones either side, and
    Blockade major Somali ports.
    More helicopter enabled "gunships" with a recorded Hail message in local Somalia dialects if necessary. Stop or be fired upon, you are in a Quarantine and no go zone and may lose your life.
    Publish intentions for 30 days ( via leaflet drops on the somali coast and then, do it.
    If you go back to the 16th and 17th or 18th cebnturies, Pirates in the thousands ended up dead and knew the risks. So do these guys.
    Time to stop pussy footing around they still think we are not prepared to shoot to kill. That's why it is re-surging in frequency.
    These guys are breaking international law and will end upkilling innocents for kidnapping and blackmail ( ransom) and damaging the global economy, and in this case preventing aid to the needy. I cannot think of a more heinous crime combination other than serial killers or murderers.
    This will not stop until some of them die in thier attempts.
    Offer them economic support if they stop= get to the hearts and minds of the Somali majority and punish severely this totally outrageous very small minority.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 10, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  2. Michael C. McHugh

    Just send out some decoy ships that have Marines on board instead of regular crews. There would be a few less pirates in the world.

    Also, have they considered putting the ships in convoys?

    April 9, 2009 at 8:48 pm |