As I recall
, this poor misguided youth (!!!!) was captured in Somalian waters and accordingly, international law specifies that the USA had no jurisdiction. Frankly, I see this as another solid argument in favour of private security
forces: they can capture the bad guys without worrying about sullying the image of the US (or any other country whose navy
does the same) for violating international law.
Should we care about internation law? Absolutely. Even from a purely practical perspective, it makes it very difficult for one's country to call upon the UN to sanction other nations for their actions, when your own nation does not respect international law. If
Somalia had a functional central government
, I would be opposed to the US actions; however, as I said in an earlier post, it is arguably not
a violation of the rule
of law to the extent that Somalia
is a lawless society without a functioninggovernment.