Best ways to deal with pirates off Somalia

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    The European Union is prolonging its naval mission along the Somalian coast and giving new instructions allowing for pursuit. But still troops are hamstrung by all sorts of rules.

    Given current technology (satellites and such) the best response to the piracy off the Somalian coast seems to me to be the following:

    1. Inform the Somali coastal communities that pirates attacking shipping will be traced back to where they started off from and that villages harbouring pirates will be legitimate targets for retaliation.

    2. Station naval patrols off the Somalian coasts with orders to actively search for pirates before they attack shipping. Pirate boats found to contain weapons to be sunk and the pirates hanged.

    3. All indentified shelters of pirates along the coast to be bombed and destroyed.

    A sustained campaign of a few months should suffice to root out the problem.
     
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    Argh matey, piratin' ain't what it used to be...
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    12 suspected pirates detained after ship sends call for help
    January 10, 2013 — U.S. and French sailors helped detain 12 suspected pirates near the Somalia coast after a nearby merchant ship sent out a distress message, NATO officials announced this week.
     
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    About Somali Piracy:

    Somali "piracy" which began in the early 2000s is in fact Somalis effort to deter illegal dumping, fishing and pollution. It is no secret that the US (which refused to sign the ratified Basel Convention and the major exporter of toxic wastes) and some European nations prefer to use "third world" nations as dump sites for harmful wastes that they would not bury in their own nations!

    Until 1995 when the Basel Convention was ratified, making it illegal to dump toxic wastes in developing nations, several "developed" nations dumped their toxic wastes in developing nations; most in Africa. Unfortunately, even when the governments of developing nations under the original Basel Convention could accept toxic wastes, some willingly accepted without knowing the contents, seeing some were sent under false labels.

    Driven by a Self-Defense doctrine, the International Protective Principle and the Precautionary Principle give coastal nations not only the power, but the obligation to take affirmative actions to prevent people from degrading world marine resources. Accordingly, Nations whose resources are threatened by illegal fishing, dumping and pollution are given the right under both the protective and precautionary principles to take action! The US, Soviet Union and others have in the past seized vessels and/or arrested violators operating within their high seas jurisdiction.

    These considered, it appears the Somali "pirates" are acting in accordance with International laws! A vessel just does not go in the high seas jurisdiction of another nation (especially if its flag nation is noted for violations), unless of course when in distress - in which case, the trespasser will have to bear the burden of proof. Some nations, such as the US, even have national rules governing activities in the high seas for their coastal states for those portions of the high seas considered the territory of the US. Please see Oregon's ORS chapter 509.365 and ORS 509.015.

    I believe the Somalis and all coastal nations should continue to protect and defend their territories! The Somalis are within the rights given them by International laws. No one, and definitely no nation, should succumb to intimidation tactics by bullies, jingoes, seeking to dominate them -

    It is obvious the lack of respect for others and disregard for the rights of others in their territories appear to be the major problem in most of our International disputes. Learn to show respect for the rights of other nations, or else keep out!

    (The above is excerpt from my Punished for Being Patriots? Complete article is online.)
     
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    Aye matey, piratin' ain't what it used to be...
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    Hired Guns Causing Drop in Somali Pirate Attacks
    February 12, 2013 — Posted between septuagenarian passengers in deck chairs, lookouts stand watch over the Gulf of Aden, scanning the horizon for pirates.
     

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