Friday, November 28, 2008 another hijacked ship of the Somali coast... The three man security team put up a "sustained non-lethal defence" of the ship, before being overcome. Now I don't want to be too much of an asshole, but seriously? A sustained non-lethal defense? Pirates are trying to kill you, and you go for the non-lethal? Here is an idea for ships in the area, carry guns. When they try to shoot you, shoot them. This is not rocket science, is the old school way of fighting pirates. The pirate captain was quoted, saying, "Who can stop them? Americans and British all put together cannot do anything."
Is this where we are at? Whats sad about this quote is that he is half right. We have chosen not to do anything. Its not that we cant, but we lack the balls. Where is Jefferson when we need him?
Comment - It is up to the yachtsman/cruiser to take actions to prepare himself and his vessel, not the government or anyone else.
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Ten men, all apparently in their early 20s, jumped out. They stripped off orange windbreakers to reveal T-shirts and blue jeans. Then they began hoisting large, heavy backpacks out of the boat and onto their shoulders, each taking care to claim the pack assigned to him.
Mr. Dhanur flipped his boat light toward the men, and Kashinath Patil, a 72-year-old harbor official on duty nearby, asked the men what they were doing.
“I said: ‘Where are you going? What’s in your bags?’ “ Mr. Patil recalled. “They said: ‘We don’t want any attention. Don’t bother us.’ “
Thus began a crucial phase of one of the deadliest terrorist assaults in Indian history, one that seemed from the start to be coordinated meticulously to cause maximum fear and chaos.
Comment - Could this have been stopped by early questioning of suspicious activities? Be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts.