In spite of better judgement I do have to post this..
I do agree with Hummingways approach that no matter how bad we must follow the legal
course of action.
The hang them high approach would only lead to new problems and must be avoided at almost any cost.
If I was a captive of one of the pirates I would love the thought of that they had more to loose in killing me than not to.
The same thing is true in any negotiation - do not play your final card until you are sure you want to be totally comitted and really a " victim of circumstance" now out of your control.
I belive that you of course are entiteled to defend yourself and
your property when so warranted by the situation but,- human life should to the extent possible never by jeopardized ( more a statement of my standing from a morale and belive point of view rather than a cold logic one)
What I was thinking about when posting
"Anyone with an idea on how it would be possible to identify the pirate vessels and transmit this to relevant authorities?"
was a reflection on that we need something to be able to solve the problem of bringing the pirates to court.
( The question on what court and what punishment is entirely an another question.)
I belive that if the pirates were aware of that they were identified when comitting the crime and that it really only is a matter of time until they would have to face the music
we would hopefully be able to see a shift in the negative trend we have experianced so far.
What I am thinking of is probably a technological solutions in identifying the pirate vessels and the individiuals on board the vessels.
The problem from "an above" perspective could probably be solved
by a sattelite or radar
surveillance but the close in problem must likely be solved
by photos and sound registrations that later could be used by an International court.
The other side of the immediate problem facing us when attacked or belived to be close to an attack I belive must be sorted under unavoidable defence and the awnsers to:
Is it possible (when sailing in a convoy) to have a way of escalating our defences?
Is it possible by simple means to dissable any threat without sinking it?
Is it possible to have the underwriters we all pay a lot of money
each year in insurance money
to on a global scale cooperate and organise both the equipement and operating procedures to have this threat being less of a reallity the comming years?
Can we borrow or rent the neccesery eqpmt ( including weapons and training in the use thereof) when entering an area troubled by this sort of things?
I do really think it is fantastic that we ( the global community) 2010 accept that a relatively small amout of poorly equiped individuals kick us around like this regardless if we sail our small yachts or a big multimillion dollar merchant ship in some parts
of the world.
I belive in that it is possible to minimise this threat given that the international community cooperate and that we all follow a well thought thru and coordinated approach.
( Battering down for your thoughts and replies but I do belive it is time to take a collective approach on this one!!)