23 April 2009

What say we just...

...do the math...
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9 comments:

C.M. said...

Damn that Johnny depp.....

langmann said...

It is worth reading the history of the 1st and 2nd Barbary Wars for a historical demonstration of why paying ransom and bribes did not work and why force essentially ended the issue.

"The next year an Anglo-Dutch fleet, under the command of British Admiral Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, delivered a punishing nine-hour bombardment of Algiers. The attack immobilized many of the Dey's corsairs and coerced from him a second treaty which reaffirmed the conditions imposed by Decatur. In addition, the Dey agreed to end the practice of enslaving Christians." http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0809095335/

Anonymous said...

Aren't they actually mostly Islamic pirates or are we not allowed to say that?

Philanthropist said...

Piracy or taking hostages for ransom is a lucrative business for thugs, it's even spreading to the United States. Hostage taking will become a scourge of the civilized world unless Western nations man-up and kill thugs.

treb said...

Put a few rocket launchers on each ship and fire away.Just blow them out of the water.A couple of weeks,guess what,no more pirates.

Neo Conservative said...

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i don't get it... why reward unacceptable behaviour?

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langmann said...

@ neo: Prior to the first Barbary War against North African pirates in the 1800s, the United States was paying 20 percent of its federal budget in bribes to prevent pirates from attacking their ships.

History is ready to repeat itself.

What will happen is some little country with big balls, like Denmark, will strike back hard when one of their ships is ransomed...

robins111 said...

I like the math, but maybe Mare Dave Miller, could have some input, he could probably get some of those evil 'farmer bob guy's' to leave Ontario to help out.

That way the streets of Toronto would be safe

Neo Conservative said...

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this strategy is certainly not news to any parents who have small children.

reward good behaviour... sanction the stuff that's bad.

i think of it as "toddler math"... because it's something even a two year-old can grasp.

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