Monday, April 13, 2009

Pirates: Don't Make 'em Like They Used To

So I guess many Somalian pirates have been complaining loudly since the US Navy killed three of their brethren over the weekend. The killings occurred during the rescue of Richard Phillips, the captain of an American vessel recently taken hostage when his ship was seized by the pirates.

Are you kidding me? Pirates complaining about rough play? Pirates?!?

I've never applied for a job as a pirate, nor have I read a pirate employment contract, but I have to believe that "plunder", "rape" and "get shot in the eye" are all common terms in a standard agreement. In the good old days, I'm pretty sure you could chop up a pirate and throw him overboard without hearing him whine, but maybe I'm wrong on that.

I can understand why there may be some angst in the International community where some 250 hostages are currently held by Somalian pirates. If the pirates retaliate by harming these hostages, it could bring dire consequences to many innocent victims.

It is hard to know the facts but easy to surmise that, perhaps, the US Navy should not have acted so forcefully given the broader implications to so many hostages. In any case, these new pirates sound like sissies.


  1. Jeff Ryer4/14/2009

    My children (under 12) came up with a solution for preventing pirates from boarding ships. But first, how does a band of pirates in little boats pull alongside a ship and climb up 10 stories to take over the ship ? I now they have dangerous weapons like RPGs, and machine guns, but i don't get it. Crew members on the ships are not allowed weapons, but i will leave that one alone for now. So here is the solution - a 10 lb concrete cinder block dropped from the rail of the ship into the boats, or on the pirates heads should do the trick.

  2. Anonymous4/14/2009

    I read a quote this week, "now that the French and US have shown this aggression toward us (pirates), we will have to retailiate"...or something similar. It reminded me to a similarity of someone breaking into your house, threatening your children, and you harm them. Somehow you are the aggressor? They are not pirates by the way, in a romantic pirates of the caribbean sort of way. They are terrorists. I'm not even clear what their beef is? JD..

  3. i guess their plan of "if we say we're pirates no one will take us seriously" didn't work so well

  4. Anonymous6/28/2009

    Just over a month before making this bold statement about pirates being sissies, you posted a pic of you in a pirate costume. Take another look at the nailed it. - John Thomas