Mr Sullivan, I would request you to read my succeeding posts which flesh out the whole story in greater detail. Respectfully, I suggest that very very few of those with bad intentions will *identify* themselves and those intentions in advance...the exact opposite being the normal course in my own experience. The incident could have, in fact, had a much worse outcome. However, I think I would still have held the higher ground when explaining my thoughts and actions before any reasonable tribunal, than would the captain
of that cutter...and as for losing my head
, well with all due respect, I have spent several careers throughout which I have been known, for keeping my head under the most difficult and extreme conditions. As I have often counseled, "he who thinks, lives".
As to the more general point, sorry to say that in my life I have encountered entire armies of people willing, in fact desiring to kill you given half a chance. With many, you are better off if you are killed immediately. I was not the first, I won't be the last to *contest* their advances.
Perhaps because I am from the american west, where more often than not there IS no one to call upon in an emergency
except for perhaps your chosen deity, I am of the opinion that a man is responsible for his own life, his own decisions, and when entrusted with the responsibility for other lives as well, it is incumbent upon him to be 'prepared' to deal not only with the threats from nature itself, but also from the most dangerous animal on this planet, human beings. Many today do not concur. They sail offshore
ill equipped to deal with the mischief that nature and the sea might deal them, and when the inevitable occurs, cry for help on whatever means they have available, fully expecting and often demanding that others disrupt their lives to come save these 'innocents' most often from predicaments they themselves have created. I am not sympathetic, tho I am somewhat understanding. It results from the nature of how western societies have *advanced*, the fostered interdependency, and sense of entitlement intended to guarantee votes. This is not to say that I would turn a blind ear, in fact I have risked my own life and ship on occasion in attempting to aid/rescue persons on a vessel in distress
With respect to the Vietnamese encountered by Rodney..during the last years of the Viet Nam conflict, and for a long time thereafter, (still today by some accounts) "fishing boats" were taking people wishing to get out of the country offshore
, then raping, murdering, plundering, selling children
into slavery, etc. etc. etc. then returning for more 'innocents'. In fact they have a history
of this kind of activity going on hundreds of years, and are known for attacking lesser fishermen, or other boats they think they can capture and are rightly feared. On the whole, the sense of value of human life in some cultures varies remarkably from our own-tho all cultures have their criminal sub cultures who will always be willing to take another step down the ladder of degradation for a profit.
In any event, some think its a bad idea to *train* the locals that they can intimidate every yachtsman pulling into harbor into simply laying down and turning over whatever plunder the locals might desire. The 'roll overs' are creating a growing problem by feeding the growing problem with incentives. Criminologists will tell you that very few violent criminals start off with violent crime. It is a matter of progression...I choose not to be a facilitator, either on the high seas, the docks, the seedier parts
of some cities, the diplomatic social gatherings (that's where the real work gets done actually), a board room conference table or inn of court. You are , well here at least, and for the present, free to choose your own path.
I think it was Orwell who described the larger picture quite clearly,, something along the lines of:
"Good people sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because somewhere rough men
stand ready to visit violence upon those who would do them harm."
I am now done with this thread, for as it has become increasingly clear, at its heart, it is not really about firearms. Its about one's willingness to take the steps necessary to enable one to defend and protect his and his own from the realities of life. These realities exist, whether some choose to deny them or not and no amount of verbage will influence those who have already chosen to live in a world existing only in their minds. Only real life experience can do that, and, unfortunately, sooner or later, it most likely will.
By the way, Merry Christmas
everyone, and happy holidays to those who prefer that greeting. May good fortune, and a long and happy life grace you all. I wish you well.
>on the way out, nods slightly in the direction of Iceman5, a simple but deserved acknowledgment of a 'rough man'.<