Bloody assaults?

April 15, 2009

Somali pirates hijack Greek-owned ship

Some fear the bloody assaults by Washington and Paris to free their hostages may raise the risk of future bloodshed. The pirates have vowed to take revenge on U.S. and French citizens.

Everyone, including the U.S. government and military acknowledge that the growing problem of piracy off the cost of Somali requires more than a military solution. But to characterize a carefully considered rescue mission, made possible by expert training and extraordinary oversight as a “bloody assualt” fails to accuratetly report what happened.

Let us not forget that the pirates are the criminals here, and that every attempt was made to reason with them prior to this action.

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Several readers objected to that description. We substituted a more neutral phrase in the next update, and will keep it in mind in future stories: GBU Editor

A team from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer tows the lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama to Boxer to be processed for evidence after the successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia in this picture taken April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jon Rasmussen/U.S. Navy photo/Handout
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