Four Hostages Killed.

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    CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that gunshots aboard the yacht were heard, and the warship took action, dispatching forces to board the Quest.

    The U.S. forces found the four Americans has been shot by their captors and attempted to deliver lifesaving medical care - but all four ultimately died of their wounds, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement.
    4 Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia - CBS News

    and, a related note....

    Long before there were suicide bombers, Osama bin Laden or chants of "Death to the Great Satan," a Trenton man named Ion Perdicaris became the 20th century's first American victim of Middle Eastern terrorism.

    It all happened in 1904, when the 64-year-old Perdicaris
    and his stepson found themselves taken hostage from their villa in Tangier, Morocco by a scruffy band of rifle-toting Berber tribesmen on horseback.

    The bandits' chieftain was flamboyant, black-bearded Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli, and he wanted to extort a heavy ransom from the Sultan of Morocco -- not to mention embarrass the sovereign by showing his powerlessness to protect foreign citizens.

    This was more than a simple kidnapping in a distant land. For President Theodore Roosevelt, it was an opportunity to start waving his "big stick," sending battleships steaming toward the African coast to ensure Perdicaris' safe release.

    It also gave Roosevelt the chance to issue one of his most blood-curdling proclamations, a statement that helped ensure his re-election while sending Americans wild with joy:

    "Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead!"
    1904: Teddy's Big Stick
     
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    What would possess someone to go yachting in a place known for pirates and how sad that they endangered other Americans in the process.
     
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    Same as the Americans who went hiking near the Iranian boarder and the reporters that walked into North Korea, Americans really don't know how to act sometimes. I never hear about Indians backpacking into Waziristan or Israeli college students hitch hiking to Baghdad.
     
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    How many threads are we going to have on this?
     
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    Typical lib idiot, blame the victims. Shoot all pirates on sight. Time to treat the pirates correctly, like dogs.
     
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    Kinda like CBS sendin' Lara Logan back to Egypt after she said it wasn't safe on the Charlie Rose show...
    :confused:
    Americans Killed by Pirates Knew the Risks, Friends Say
    Feb 22, 2011 – Jean and Scott Adam loved to sail, but they almost shipped their yacht across the Arabian Sea to avoid a run-in with pirates, a friend said today.
     

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