I know this is not a political forum and this might get me a little bit of bashing but here we go....
One thing you have to understand, these folks fully well understand the potential for getting killed. Unfortunately they dont look at it like you and I do, nor do they rationalize it the way we do. To a starving person in a 3rd world country a few million dollars ransom has a big draw. It would take sustained action and sustained force to put a dent in it. Someone mentioned "finding their villages and so on." I find it humorous that we mention using offensive action to attack pirates, do you realize what would happen if one little kid, just one, in one of those villages that were mentioned got killed in "strike" against pirates? Completely on the other end of it, I have trained for "VBSS
" (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure
) ship take downs and oil
platform seizures. It is a difficult and dangerous mission. Who is going to explain the deaths of the Marines or sailors who, and it will happen if they start doing ship take downs, get killed doing it? How about the inevitable hostage deaths that will happen? I can tell you as a Marine
, lets do it, thats what I get paid for. But the world will change its view on the action very quickly when folks start getting killed.
I heard a saying once, " I have had my nose broken in a few places........but I finally quit going in those places".......Is it cheaper to pay the ransom or sail around?
Sorry for the rant..
GySgt Clint Summers USMC
Al Taqaddum Iraq