Originally Posted by BlueSovereign
While I do not disagree with your position Dockhead, I remain convinced as it pertains to the issue embracing this thread, that there is no need to "throw the baby out with the bath water", and initiate a land-ground initiative.
I was not advocating a ground initiative. I think a ground initiative could be useful, if and when we identify concrete organizations in concrete places, but maybe not.
What I was advocating was a forceful response to piracy
AT SEA. That is:
1. Arm crews and merchant ships and train them to fight back if attacked. The pirates don't have any weapon capable of standing up to a mounted 50 caliber machine gun; they are simply exploiting the fact that we are unwilling to put up even the slightest resistance to them, with anything more than water
2. Implement a one-mile exclusion zone around merchant vessels in transit in the Gulf of Aden and other pirate-infested areas. A merchant vessel entering the dangerous area will announce its destination
and that fact that it is in transit, and will claim the exclusion zone; maybe this information is broadcast by AIS
. It then has the right to fire upon any vessel which approaches it in violation of the exclusion zone without permission, after warnings. One trained merchant seaman operating a mounted Browning 50 caliber machine gun, which has an effective range of 1800 meters, would be perfectly capable of enforcing such an exclusion zone.
3. Use force against pirates when necessary, and use this force decisively. If a U.S., French, British, Russian or other naval vessel catches a pirate boat or pirate mother ship red-handed making an armed attack on a merchant vessel (or a yacht), engage it, pursue it, shoot at it, capture it, or sink it if necessary. If necessary, pursue it into Somali territorial waters or even onto land, based on the doctrine of hot pursuit.
4. Arrest, prosecute and imprison (for long terms) pirates who are caught; don't just let them go because you don't want to incur the expense of prosecution or imprisonment.
5. Do not pay ransom; make it a crime for shipowners to pay ransom.