With the rescue of U.S. captain Robert Phillips from Somali pirates, the pirate ring has vowed revenge. Early Sunday morning local time, U.S. Navy snipers took out three of the pirates holding Phillips hostage on a small lifeboat. Phillips was then moved to Navy vessels and began the journey home. He was not harmed in the brief gun battle.
But this action won’t go unnoticed by the pirate thugs who perpetrated the act.
One of the pirates, Abdullahi Lami, holding a Greek ship anchored in the Somali town of Gaan, said: "Every country will be treated the way it treats us. In the future, America will be the one mourning and crying. We will retaliate (for) the killings of our men."
More proof that these douche bags were handled in just the manner they deserved – a bullet between the eyes.
Jamac Habeb, a 30-year-old self-proclaimed pirate, told the AP from the Somalian pirate hub of Eyl, "From now on, if we capture foreign ships and their respective countries try to attack us, we will kill (the hostages). Now [U.S. forces] became our number one enemy.”
It is now time for US forces to begin pinpointed airstrikes on known pirate hideouts in Somalia. Why? Because if these people don’t learn now not to mess with the USA, then they need to be taken to school.
But does Obama have the nerve to go through with this? Probably not. Considering his lackluster performance thus far with the economy, with the G20 conference and his bow to the King of Saudi Arabia, that Obama was willing to order a strike on the pirates is a little out of character. But believe this: one rescue operation does not cajones grow.
Most likely what will happen is there will be more attacks on ships in the area. Even more likely is they will be looking for Old Glory draped from the fantail of the ship.
This isn’t the first time America or the rest of the world has had to deal with pirates operating around Africa. Nearly 200 years ago, pirates from the northern Africa states of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco and Algiers (aka the Barbary Coast) ran operations within the Mediterranean Sea. As with today, these pirates captured ships and held them for ransom. Back then, Thomas Jefferson, as minister to France, wrote several letters in which he expressed the opinion that paying these ransoms was a bad idea and that to do so would only lead to additional attacks.
"I acknolege [sic] I very early thought it would be best to effect a peace thro' the medium of war." Jefferson wrote in a letter to John Adams, dated July 11, 1786. He went on to say that paying tribute will merely invite more demands, and even if a coalition proves workable, the only solution is a strong navy that can reach the pirates. In an August 18, 1786, letter to James Monroe: "The states must see the rod; perhaps it must be felt by some one of them. . .” He was advocating the use of war – so much for the claims that Jefferson was a peace-loving liberal. Jefferson, in his wisdom, knew that such people as the Barbary Pirates understood only one thing: violence. Jefferson attempted to organize an international coalition but it fell flat because other nations felt it was cheaper to pay the ransom than fight a war (The Thomas Jefferson Papers).
These people are animals. They know only violence and bloodshed and they are willing to murder innocent people to maintain their status in the world. They are the kind of people who need to be stopped dead in their tracks and if it requires sending a few bombers and gunships into Somalia to take them out, then that is what needs to be done.
This thumb-sucking has got to stop. America needs to stop pussy-footing around with these thugs. The time is now to take swift and decisive action against these barbarians. Sometimes it is necessary to lower oneself to the level of one’s enemy to teach that enemy a lesson it will not forget. If it means sending U. S. warships to the Horn of Africa to escort merchant ships, into and out of the Gulf of Aden then so be it. But these animals need to understand that what they are doing is wrong and that it will not be tolerated. Once a couple of pirate ships get blown out of the water, they’ll start getting the message.
But of course, Obama won’t do that because he’s promised to eviscerate the US Military just like Casanova Clinton did in the 1990s. Mark these words: Americans are going to die in the waters around Somalia just like they did in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. This is Obama’s baby now. Who wants to bet that he won’t screw this up?