"The pirates were detained, but allowed to go free after questioning.
There is currently no formal procedure for NATO
personnel to follow once they have apprehended pirates, Davies noted. Their weapons are confiscated and they are then typically given provisions and released."
Don't get me wrong, I am generally a pretty liberal person, but what kind of disincentive are we sending Pirates when after we do catch a few, we give them a little lecture then food
and send them on their marry way... from their POV, if they suceed in capturing the boat
they get Millions from the shippers or Yachties if they fail, they get food
for their next attempt. I would walk them off the plank or let them use a revolver for personal use, their choice. Don't think that it's just an eastern Africa
problem, when the criminals see the gutless reaction of everyone but the French (of all people), these incicents will increase everywhere...