Originally Posted by sigmasailor
O, boy; this is bad.
The only positive point is that they are not taken prisoner by us (I'm Dutch); we would probably treat them as victims and give them political asylum.
Do the US have laws like the Russians have (e.g. leave it to the captain
of the vessel who captured them?).
I think that most of the task force subscribes to a policy of "catch and release" at the moment, because there is no place to try them in Somalia
. Their weapons are confiscated, as far as I know.
Will these particular deaths (there have been a lot of other deaths already, by the way), spur the U.S. to a more robust response?
I don't think so, unless public opinion forces the issue. The U.S. and its expensive armed forces are already overextended, like the U.S. credit line. There's no upside shooting even piratical Somalis and the U.S. is leery of the place since their last shoot-up there 20 years ago. Also, they really don't need from a PR point of view to be shooting more Muslims.
Look to China
to go in because no one (particularly themselves) will quibble over a few thousand dead brown people, and because they have increasingly critical strategic interests in Africa
Look to India
to shoot for the practice and as a way to show Pakistan they have the stones to do a sea war.
Look to Russia
because their special squads are getting fat and lazy.
Do not look to any Arab nation to do more than complain. They have enough on their plates domestically at the moment and it serves their elites to have the infidels do the dirty work.
This is a very sad outcome, but one that does not surprise me. Southwest ho for Cape of Good Hope, maties.