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Stop the Pirates
By Micah Halpern

Thursday December 18, 2008

I've Been Thinking:

On Wednesday an international force launched a raid to rescue a Chinese ship that was 50 nautical miles off the coast of Yemen.

The boat which had 30 crew members aboard was called the Zhenhau-4.

It was the 4th ship to be pirated in 24 hours.

The incident occurred only shortly after the Security Council voted to permit the chasing of pirates from the air and on land.

The time the mission, which made use of commandos and helicopters, was successful.

It is about time.

Renegade pirates are running roughshod over the seas.
They are stealing, kidnapping and reselling goods. They have harmed innocent people and have set records for hijacking the largest vessels. They do not care who the ship owners are. They have pirated ships from Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia. These pirates must be stopped.

The precedent has already been set.
Teddy Roosevelt fought the Barbary pirates in this same area by investing huge amounts of energy to clear the seas for shipping and trade.

Using the Roosevelt model pirates will first be stopped from perpetrating their deeds by means of extreme intimidation and then they will be prosecuted.

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