4 Americans slain by Somali pirates

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  1. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/piracy

    May the RIP. I kind of wish they had used better judgment though...not to mention being able to hold onto their lives, these people could have chosen thousands of other exotic coastlines to sail in. And they chose East Africa...at a time like this doesn't sound like the smartest thing to do. Short of an invasion, how exactly are we supposed to eliminate radical Islam in "countries" like Somalia?
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    "We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest."

    Sure wish that condolence from USCENTCOM had been formed a little better...:rolleyes:


    "I type my response to thread on Service Academy Forums."

    Very unfortunate, and avoidable event. Prayers for the family and friends of our fellow Americans lost.
     
  3. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I think this event has the possibility to have serious implications for the U.S. presence in the area.

    The U.S. hasn't been too fond of people killing our citizens in the past. Will be interesting to see what happens in that area over the next 6-12 months.
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    I live about half a mile from Marina del Rey....eerie.
     
  5. Luigi59

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    The hazards of that region of the seas have been known for quite some time now. There's absolutely no reason to exert effort on behalf of people too stupid to read the news.
     
  6. Idzak

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    I find it a poor comparison to call the people "heroic" who endanger their lives and their crews' lives in the commercial shipping of that area and to call others who sail that area for religious reasons as "stupid."
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I don't know that I would call merchant mariners heroic for sailing that area; however, I would consider people sailing in that area for pretty much any other reason "stupid". I would also consider any merchant ship sailing anywhere near that area "stupid" if they didn't take appropriate preventative measures. Even though it may not be the smartest move the deaths of these four is still a tragic loss of life. They were trying to do "good" in the world.

    Unfortunately shipping via the oceans is necessary for the world economy, and definitely for the US economy. Piracy has been going on for a long time, in recent past it was mainly the Straits of Malacca and that area that were dangerous.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I have a friend who almost joined them for this leg of their trip. I feel bad for his loss of his two friends.


    Pirates have been around for a very long time.

    I will forever kick myself about an antique I passed up on a portcall to Portland, Maine. For...maybe $600 or $800 you could purchase the sword used by the Japanese to execute Chinese pirates. The sword was great, but it was the pictures included that made it priceless, if not a little strange.

    Picture 1 had the Chinese pirates lined up on the beach, standing or kneeling, I can't remember which.

    Picture 2 had the Chinese pirates still lined up on the beach, but now kneeling or on the sand with their heads cut off, generally in the sand in front of their bodies.

    Not sure where it's socially acceptable to show pictures of capital punishment for a universal crime, but it was certainly interesting to see, and if I had it to do all over again, I would have bought it.
     
  9. Suzie

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    Just curious.....but I read that the sailboat was 275 miles out from somolia.....how far is a safe distance???? And how do ships navigate around the area????
     
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