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Old 02-03-2017, 12:21   #16
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Re: Piracy Report Philippines

Why split hairs? How about Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen? Are those good reasons? When terrorism or other crimes occur in nation states who the US doesn't think are doing enough about it the US uses it's military to conduct either open or covert warfare to change their minds. You know, dropping bombs and shooting people.

While the recently elected president of the Philippines has said he was going to kick out the US and let China in, the US has been spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year for a dozen years sending special forces and military equipment to the Philippines to help their government fight Islamic terrorists in the south.

Are they Islamic terrorists fighting for a cause? Or are they just lazy people who would rather commit crimes like kidnapping and extorting ransom rather than working as farmers to provide their own livelihood? My friend who is a Filipino member of the US special forces seems to think so. Regardless, they are definitely not pirates.

Piracy occurs on the high seas, the two thirds of the planet's surface that are not under the juristdiction of any government. This is the lawless part of the planet. Why split hairs? Because when people commit crimes within nation states you can do something about it on a governmental level and get results even if it means conducting warfare against them.

When people commit piracy what are you going to do about it? Bomb the ocean? Not much you can do about it except try to hunt them down and kill them. If you've ever crossed an ocean you would know the high seas are a pretty big place to try and find someone. People have a hard enough time finding people in distress on the high seas who want desperately to be found. Can't imagine trying to find faceless unidentified criminals who don't want to be found.

Why split hairs? Maybe you folks aren't that interested in the facts after all.
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