Originally Posted by BlueWaterSail
I think the SSCA's statement reveals a similar lack of appreciation for the complexity of the situation.
But fits nicely into the modern solution of crying "something must be done". and expecting others to pay for it
Governments haven't paid a penny of the ransoms to date (corporations and individuals have), and are doing what they can to patrol the area. The problem is that they constitutionally do not have the power to criminalize such payments,
All western governments already have the laws to criminalise such payments (and not just the handover, but the actual funding), and the US more than most - they just are not interested in doing so.
Co-ordinated action would be better (via the UN
) but just the EU & US (or the US alone) would be more than enough to cut the legs away from the Somali business model.........ship owners and ships can't run a business where they must avoid the EU & US and
international waters where there ships could be seized in lieu of the Senior Management / Directors / Owners being based somewhere with no extradition treaties.
Military enforcement / rescue
action just the icing on the cake.
Sometimes the answer is
(BTW don't anyone think for one moment that I would not be for crucifying every man, woman and child in Somali if I thought it was the best way to solve the problem - I am against that approach because it would be too expensive, and in practice some folks would no doubt object
. especially those living in Somalia