Somali catch and release implications

** Newsflash***

Heard on the popular “Don and Roma” show on WLS AM890 Radio during this morning’s Chicagoland commute:

In his interview with the radio hosts, Illinois Senator and naval intelligence officer Mark Kirk explained that the U.S. policy toward Somali piracy is apparently to capture them and release them near their home ports, presumably so that they would be spared a long walk home. Bereft of consequences, the number of ships captured and the ransoms  demanded by the pirates have skyrocketed (into the $100 millions per ship). The ransom money is then used to fund massive Al Qaeda training camps in Africa.

And, why should this not be the case? It’s good business and there certainly is no risk from the U.S. or any other Nato warship.

So, here’s my question: why not simply destroy the pirate vessels and leave the surviving pirates to die? Wouldn’t that bring a quick end to piracy?




Be Sociable, Share!
  • JKB

    Given the US unwillingness to actually do anything effective in this matter, it is better left to the Indian and Chinese navies.  Both have a vested interest in keeping the trade route to Europe open.  The Indian navy has already show a willingness to use aggression.  The Russian navy releases their captured pirates but for some reason they fail to return home.  

    But the policies imposed upon the US navy and NATO forces are an embarrassment for both organizations.  As such, those forces shouldn’t do direct interdiction but rather use their technologies to direct hard men willing to do violence to vessels under attack.

  • Ymarsakar

    The Russian navy releases their captured pirates but for some reason they fail to return home.

    Russian life rafts are so defective. They disappear off the radar prompto. And somehow sink to the bottom.

  • Ymarsakar

    This is another example of what happens when people expect a certain class to do all the dirty work. What happens when they refuse or can’t do it? Then who is left to protect civilian merchant vessels?

    People got to arm and protect themselves, period. There’s no guarantee any one else will give a damn whether you get hijacked or not.

  • Libby

    I like your solution, Book. And if the U.N. of some human rights organization got involved and declared it unlawful to execute the pirates, we should at least still destroy the ships.
    Catch in release is not only a waste of time, it puts our people at risk for nothing. Maybe we could use some of our drones to take ’em out.


    Danny, It certainly would be less costly.
    The dozen or so that are currently on trial in Virginia, I think, will be sentenced in September for long terms or life.

  • MacG

    Silly Danny. You can’t teach people to not be pirates by doing the things pirates do…
    You can’t teach people to not murder by using state sponsored murder and so on blah blah blah.
    The action of bringing them to shore close to home brings up visions of a police officer bring home a bad kid that threw rocks at people’s windows to parents who really like to break windows too.  It not like bringing them home to my house where I would learn the value of a window and then some :)  I do not know why they do not just blow them out of the water.  Strength is what keeps them at bay.  Let’s see how do we communicate to they who seems to have a kinetic learning style that aggression is wrong?  Talking does not work for the kinetic learner but action does.

  • Mike Devx

    Sink the ships and sail away.  And gently remind the world that we simply expect the surviving pirates to be *very* good swimmers.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Mike D – it should be a great way for Somalia to start training an Olympic-class swimming team, as I understand that those waters are especially shark infested.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Yunno…to build on that previous idea…if catch and release were practiced as MikeD has suggested, it could be kinda fun to “release” them simultaneously and take bets on the fastest swimmers. Chumming the waters ahead of time could really up the excitement.

    There’s always a silver lining, isn’t there?

  • Charles Martel

    Since SADIE hasn’t showed up yet, I’ll get the ball rolling:

    “Chum chumminy, chum chumminy, chum chum churee, a Somali pirate is as lucky as lucky can be!

  • Ymarsakar

    Danny, tell them their virgins will be waiting on the strongest swimmer.


    Good one, Charles Martel. All I could think of was few childhood rhymes and the Pirates of Pissants.
    Eenie, meenie, miney, Mo’,
    Catch a pirate by the toe.
    If he hollers, let him go.
    My mother said to pick The very best one
    And you are noooot  it.
    Three Somalis in a tub
    And who do you think they be..
    Fariq n’ idiot, Fawi-headed, Abdul Wali
    Turn them out,
    Knaves all three.


    Mother and son photo needs a caption.

  • Ymarsakar

    I’m wondering when Z will step in and say “murdering pirates and murderers is heinous and reprehensible”. Anyone want to take a pool bet?

  • jj

    Dennis Miller still has the best line: “Somali want a cracker?”