The recent capture on the high seas of the Maersk Alabama should be the signal that we need to fire up the Marines and remind them of their theme song where, ‘To the Shores of Tripoli’ was a much celebrated action against pirates.
We need to make the decision that fighting Somali pirates and other lawless actions on the high seas, is necessary and will be worth the effort. There is no doubt there will be casualties including our own seaman, Marines and, most likely, civilians on shore.
We need to board these pirated ships, fight it out, take the losses in the crews and execute the pirates. We need to follow the money trail, burn down their palaces and huts. We need to grab the Chieftains by the hair, drag them to the town square, and behead them. And if they do not get the message, then you step up the message!
We also have to make sure that the international community understands that when you pay pirates you become one of their supporters, and that there will be sanctions on you as well.
Enough. It is the time to put blood in the water, and let it be the entrails of the pirates and all that support them.