Monday, April 13, 2009

Pirates, Europeans, Big Guns, Islam & Law

At one time the USA joined the European powers in paying off the (Islamic) Barbary pirates who held their captives as slaves when they did not ransom them. After a short time of this futile bribery, the USA sent its new navy (And its early Marines) to "the shores of Tripoli" and used its big guns to sink pirate ships and bombard their bases. This "got their attention"---And resulted in a peace treaty favoring the USA.

I see no reason why the solution to today's Islamic pirates should not be the same and effective use of big guns to sink pirate "mother ships", without warning or question, and to bombard their home bases. (If we have any "eight inch gun cruisers" left, we should deploy them to the East Coast of Africa to reteach a lesson to this era's ideology driven pirates who are, by legal definition, "the enemies of all humanity".

"Those who fail to learn from history will be condemned to repeat it"!


Anonymous said...

US Navy Seals to the rescue.

Now let's say a little prayer for the dead pirates; these were teenagers, led astray by a society that failed them.

James Pawlak said...

To Anonymous:


To paraphrase Gen.William T. Sherman: I traveled to the horn of Africa and saw some good pirates AND they were all dead.

Anonymous said...

They may have been pirates, James, but they were still God's children.

Your comment was snide and arrogant, and demonstrated a disrespect for human life. Sure, killing pirates is justified for self defense, but you also need to acknowledge that these were teenagers led astray buy a failed society. What do you think you might have been capable of at that age having been raised in that atmosphere.

All human life is sacred.

James Pawlak said...

To Anonymous:
If, and only if, they were mislead it was by their parents who failed to teach them "right behavior" and by Islam itself which teaches everything opposed to justice,peace and honesty.

They may have been human but resigned the rights of being God's children by inhumane behaviors and commitment to Evil.

Anonymous said...

They may have been human but resigned the rights of being God's children by inhumane behaviors and commitment to Evil.Really? They did a bad thing and are no longer God's children? I didn't know that was possible. Hmmm.

All I'm saying is that; 1) these were God's children, as we all are, 2) that all human life is sacred, and 3) if you kill someone in self defense, don't dance on their grave in celebration and thump you chest in self-righteousness, pray instead. Killing is a horrible thing, even in self defense, it's not something to be 'celebrated'.

James Pawlak said...

Killing such is a natural function of ridding the "body politic" of toxic wastes. It should be done without passion (Lest sinful enjoyment ensue),without false pride (Which leads to pathological delusions of grandeur) and without guilt (As would prevent or slow down repeating such cleansing actions again as needed).

As St. Bernard of Clairvaux noted, it is sometimes necessary to "strike blows for Christ"; But, that should be done without sinful motives or passions.