Comments on: These pirates shouldn’t be punchlines Dean Wright on Ethics, Innovation and Values Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:10:49 +0000 hourly 1 By: James Renko Thu, 23 Apr 2009 01:38:50 +0000 Wonderful article……
the nations of the world should take
action and stop those…. rats

By: R L Thomas Wed, 22 Apr 2009 20:46:08 +0000 They are pirates.They should be hunted down and hung. Taking other people and other peoples property is a crime.
Do you know what the punishment would be in a muslim country for such a crime? You would lose a part of your body.Yes the people who take these jobs know there will be danger on any given day.But the danger from Mother Nature is no in the same category as danger from humans
who know what they are doing is wrong.Arm the ships and crews. Put up 24 hour armed experienced personel on guard. What is cheaper 12 more employees or ransom and not havin your tools for commerce. And the aid will get where its needed.We did not create the Somolia problem, nor should we spend one red dime to do so. Fix America. Or let the bleeding hearts put their money out there to fix the problem. I want my taxes for my country, or I want them back.
Any country that has a ship thats has been hijacked should be doing what ever it takes to get their people free and their property back. If that means killing some heathens who care not one iota for human life so be it.

RL Thomas New Orleans,La USA

By: RC Wed, 22 Apr 2009 19:28:17 +0000 What the Somali pirates are doing is bad, specially now that they are really getting too greedy and overdoing it, but let’s not forget the reason why most of these guys are forced into piracy or the kidnap for ransom scheme. Their country is a mess. No real functioning government, their economy is toast. No jobs. So the lure of easy money by joining the pirates is strong. These guys are not killers, as far as I can find they haven’t killed any of their hostages at all. They are in it for the money. Most experts seem to agree that a military solution is going to be only a band-aid solution (there aren’t enough available battleships in the world to patrol the large area these pirates operate in), and that to permanently end the piracy problem in that region, the international community must first find a way to “fix” the problem in Somalia. Yup..easier said than done. I hope the international community does eventually find a way to help solve the problems of Somalia or at least aid in the creation of a functioning government.

By: Mark Wed, 22 Apr 2009 04:03:48 +0000 I agree that, in this case, the term ‘pirate’ may not be used with great precision or within a lexicon’s strict definition of the word However, the hunting grounds these perpetrators lurk are, after all, the high seas. I think an open interpretation would support any culprit committing any crimes in that venue may be categorized as a pirate. Lighted up.
Which brings me to the subject of levity.
Being serious all the time will kill you just as sure as chronic smoking or excessive libation. I was raised to make joke in response to the adversity life throws at us. I’d rather make fun of the swashbucklers then discuss in solemn detail the crimes they commit. And at the end of the day I’ll bet my making them smile will be remembered and you bringing them down will be forgotten.
Yes, it is horrific that people in that one million square mile of sea are being subjected to acts of piracy. And have been for quite a few years. Anyone sailing those parts knows in advance they may come under fire from the lawless in the region. But, they’ve made their decision to brave it and go onward. That risk is an inherent part of the job they undertake and the large paycheck given them by the shipper reflects acknowledgment and compensation for that risk. I know a guy who use to sail a French vessel through the strait. I promised to never say it outright but in five years he retired better than most do in a lifetime. So, although I will pray for those in harm’s way, I will not feel sorry for them if that is what they choose to do for a living.

By: Charlie Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:48:48 +0000 I am writing this because I have someone on a ship right now out by those waters with the pirates. He works for the Maersk line and they have no support out there!! They will be going though the pirate area again. They were attacked 2 times the first time going through just before the Alabama was attacked. They left them alone only because they are bigger and faster then some of the other ships that were there at that time. They reported the incidence and no help was sent!! Now they have to come back again and they are concerned about their lives!! If everyone could say something to their Congressman and Senators maybe we can stop this insanity!!! These guys have family and friends who love them dearly and do not want them hurt!! Think about their lives right now!! What if they were your family or friend?????

By: Rory Tue, 21 Apr 2009 12:11:21 +0000 This is a very silly article. Piracy it is, period.

By: Anonymous Mon, 20 Apr 2009 20:15:44 +0000 “…What about the fact they have RPGs powerful enough to penetrate the hull of these ships…What about mutiny if you arm half the crew…What about training, these guys are sailors – not soldiers

What about the fact that as soon as you engage in a fight then there is a probable loss of life on the part of the sailors

What about the fact that these ships are the size of many sports fields and yet the crew number only a handful, and are occupied in operating the ship not guarding the rails. – By the time they are on board it is too late…” – posted by Kevin

An autocannon like Oerlikon 20mm or Bofors 40mm is not much more difficult to operate than AK-47. If illiterate Somalis learned it, the sailors can too. It can be even operated remotely from the bridge. Its power at least equals that of RPG, and both the range and the rate of fire greatly exceed RPG. As for using one for mutiny or settling personal scores, Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Terminator probably would be able to take one off the mount and fire it while holding with bare hands. For a normal man it’s impossible.
There is no need to assign extra men as lookouts. On every modern and even not-so-modern ship there is a device named Radar that does 360 degree surveillance, and someone at the bridge is supposed to constantly look at radar screen anyway. The range of the radar is such that it would provide advanced warning giving the crew ample time to man the cannons. All that’s needed is the willingness of ship owners to install these defense weapons.

By: Roger Sat, 18 Apr 2009 21:21:43 +0000 The article may not have been brilliantly done, (it seemed more like a force piece to meet a deadline perhaps) he does have a point. Today in breaking news AP (and who seriously looks to them for reliable news?) confidently ponts to ‘anyone knows the reason for piracy is illegal fishing’ or words to that effect I do not know the cause for piracy is fishing, the Maersk Alabama was not a fishing ship, nor so many other ships being hijacked. AP, you blast what shreds of credibility you have with each silly assumption. One thing I do know, those three pirates holding the captain will never do it again. The ancient maritime penalty for piracy was hanging, or walking the plank. The new law, and the threatened ‘law of the sea treaty’ weakness are exposed here. When Nator captures pirates and has to release them because they have no authority, we are doomed.

By: Star Bustamonte Sat, 18 Apr 2009 19:09:09 +0000 Dear Mr Wright,

Do you ever just feel like going back to bed and staying there, abandoning any attempt to ever write anything that someone will understand? If you do, after viewing some of the comments posted here, I completely understand why. Unlike of some of the geniuses who have voiced their opinions that have very little to do with your article, I actually read your article and am responding in kind.

You make a valid point about using the terms “pirate” and “piracy”. The deterioration in the use of correct language by everyone, not to mention the media, has become ridiculously commonplace. Regrettably, once the media misuses a term, it is like giving a green to everyone else to misuse the same term and believe its use is correct. The ignorance of general public never ceases to amaze me.

Nice article, even if is a bit like pouring perfume on a pig!

By: getplaning Sat, 18 Apr 2009 04:13:14 +0000 so-over-the-blame-

How many hours of Fox do you subject you little mind to every day? I bet it’s more than four.