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an al capone strategy for pirates. Shoot them? sadly no.  jail them says USA. i say shoot them

I don’t want them captured. I want them dead. All of them.  But hey, we beggars can not be choosers. Right?

Caught my eye last night after the other pirate story. How many years has this been going on? And only lately seem to be doing something. Not a hell of a lot. But they are doing something.

Drew and one or two of you had it right. Wipe out their nests with nukes. Boom. Problem gone in a flash. Be cheaper as well.

I really liked this headline and especially as Mr. Capone was one of my first boyhood idols and heroes.  This was before I discovered Jazz mind you, and musicians like Bix and Miller and Goodman and Shaw and a list that runs on for pages. Can’t leave out Wilson and Krupa and Hampton either. Idols! Even now.
Still though, I always admired Capone, that’s Mister Capone, sorry. And Ben Siegel as well. Or Segal. Take your pick.
While their lifestyles and habits may not have been the best or even moral, their solutions to a problem always made perfect sense to me. If talking gotcha nowhere, well .......  I just hate long drawn out solutions to problems that can be solved quickly with reason and logic and a bit of civilized conversation.
Now if that can not work for some reason, well .........


‘Al Capone’ strategy to defeat piracy

The US has proposed an ‘Al Capone’ strategy of targeting 12 ‘kingpins’ who control Somalian piracy, in an ambitious new drive to crush the threat within two years, a senior official has said.

By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Thomas Kelly, the US State Department official in charge of counter-piracy policy, told The Daily Telegraph a small group of very wealthy men were instrumental in the growth and spread of Somalian piracy.

Mr Kelly’s campaign to prosecute the men under corruption and money laundering laws could be the coup de grace against pirates that at one point represented the gravest threat to world trade in decades.

“That’s how we got Al Capone, he went to jail because of tax fraud. One of the main areas of multilateral work and in places like Interpol is to try to focus on the kingpins,” he said. “Just incarcerating young Somali men who are the foot soldiers isn’t going to eradicate the problem by itself.”

With global backing, all of the men could be facing the courts with the next “couple of years”, he added.

“You have to go after the people who are buying the boats, buying the weapons and then laundering the money in Africa and other places. Money laundering is a global business they’re not keeping it in one place you need to have law enforcement in many different places talking to each other.”

Taking into account higher insurance premiums and other costs to shipping firms, the overall economic cost to the world economy inflicting by Somalia piracy was estimated as $12 billion (£7.5 billion) in 2010 alone.

Figures released by the International Maritime Organisation show a dramatic drop in piracy this year. It catalogued just 70 incidents in the first nine months, a 75 per cent fall off from the same period in 2011 and a three year low.

Mr Kelly said that the combination of increased patrolling by navies from the US, Europe and Asia as well as the employment of armed guards on ships was a turning point in the battle against piracy.

“There was a lot of reticence in a lot of places about using these crews but people learned through experience that this was a critically important factor in reducing the number of instances,” Mr Kelly said. “Its hard enough to climb up the side of a ship with a Kalashnikov on your back but it’s harder when you have some someone shooting down at you.”

Four fifths of container ships and tankers now carry armed guards, leaving pirates with fewer targets to go after.

“Pirates break off attack and look for softer targets,” he said. “We estimate 80 per cent of ships are using private security. We’d like it to be 100 per cent.”

I don’t know as this is exactly the way Drew and I would handle things. I think we’d consult with Vilmar and then bomb the hell out of the bastards.
But okay if this works they have our grudging permission.  Not that anyone asked. But they should have.
Now this is the part I really don’t like or approve. But again, I wasn’t consulted and near as I figure Drew has been too busy so they prolly couldn’t get in touch with him.

America is also mounting a diplomatic campaign to share the burden of imprisoned pirates with countries that dominate the registry of shipping. Countries such as Panama and the Bahamas are being asked to prosecute and imprison pirates caught on their vessels.

About 1,000 pirates have been imprisoned in 20 nations as a result of the crackdown on the trade. An international conference on Somalia in London in January backed a British-financed initiative to stage trials of pirates in the Seychelles. Kenyan courts have also sentenced hundreds of pirates to prison.

Yeah and how much does that cost?  Don’t much care for that.
I say simply shoot the lice in human form and be done with them.  They won’t be missed and lice are bad things to have around.


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