Earlier I had written about the growing problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia. ‚ The pirates have continued to rapidly expand and are becoming better with their techniques. ‚ However, one story of an American ship captain caught by pirates brought much more attention to the issue recently.
The ship Maersk Alabama was captured by pirates, but the captain locked his crew in a hold and surrendered himself in exchange for his crew’s freedom. ‚ After a several day tragicomic standoff between the world’s most powerful navy and a lifeboat, Navy SEAL snipers ended the situation with three bullets. ‚ The fourth pirate had left the boat previously to receive medical treatment for an injury he had sustained. ‚
President Barack Obama did well to authorize lethal force here and he has come out with a statement that America is going to take action against other pirates as well.