Originally Posted by barnakiel
IMHO the blame goes to the govt of the country that tolerates the pirates on their territory. After all we do not shoot fishermen in the EU, US and some other places of the world, do we.
There is no organized piracy
. And they certainly do not "tolerate" piracy, their laws are fairly draconian concerning that sort of thing. If this incident had occured off the horn of africa
I think people would be a little more understanding about them being trigger happy, but it happened far away in an area with no real history
of piracy. Almost all piracy in India involves bulk container ships at anchor
being boarded by guys in canoes and having ships stores or petty money
stolen. They are never armed with anything more than knives, because guns
are hard to come by in India and the sort of people who conduct piracy there are far too poor to afford that sort of thing. I still want to know how these guys posed any sort of threat to this Italian cargo vessel; their boat was wooden the ship was steel
; they had a few feet of freeboard the ship had a wall of steel
; they had no guns
the ship was armed. The only possible threat these guys could have posed would have been being a sucide bomber boat a la the Cole. But why would anyone try to bomb an Italian cargo vessel? There's just no way these guys were up to anything nefarious, it just wasn't an option for them. I doubt their Keralian fishing boat could have kept up if the skipper
just put the throttle down and took off. No threat, no shooting! Very simple. Where were the usual fire hoses in this case? This is what happens when you replace passive defensive measures with idiots with guns and no chain of command...