Of Pirates and Publicity

The Conservative side is rightly criticized for not offering positive solutions. Criticism is good, but solves little. Herein, some comments on piracy and other things. Nobody in Congress cares, although the Congress is charged (Article I, Section 8):

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

Have our elected Representative or Senators said anything on this topic? The law is clear …

Whoever, on the high seas, commits the crime of piracy as defined by the law of nations, and is afterwards brought into or found in the United States, shall be imprisoned for life.

US Code, Title 18, Chapter 81, Section 1651

There is no parole for the 18-year-old who attacked an American ship. And no life remaining for his compatriots that raised arms against America.

I spoke with a foreign businessman with some interests in shipping … his comments are well worth the read:

I think your navy should have rescued the captain and said absolutely nothing. Instead they gave many details. It would have been much wiser to have said nothing. That way the pirates would have had to deal with the unknown. They would be constantly forced to wonder what happened. The unknown would have been an effective weapon against them. But instead your navy and members of the crew actually had a press conference to describe in detail what action they took.

I think your country was just totally stupid concerning members of Al-Qaeda. A good example is the one who claims he was responsible for conceiving the destruction of the world trade center complex. Sheik Mohammed. When he was captured absolutely nothing should have been released to the press.

By not announcing his capture and secretly transporting him out of Pakistan to a prison somewhere, all other terrorists of that organization would have had to deal with the unknown. He should have just disappeared and that would have made a huge psychological strike against the others. Instead your military announced that you and Pakistan’s military had captured him. Thereby he became a hero to others.

I have doubts that your country and particularly your government and people understand what an incredible and real threat Muslim terror groups pose to the stability of the world. Our people and our nations must decide if we believe our civilization deserves to survive. Are we willing to do what is necessary to see that it does?

The question remains, as it does with all detainees held at Guantanamo: does their release make America safer?” Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asked in response to media reports.

We coddle our captures … but we seem neither able to detain nor try them. Forgetting “political asylum” and other excuses … why not return the detainees to their countries of origin? They would no longer be our problem, and would let the rest of the world decide. If that seems unkind, consider an alternative: it would be purely accidental if a C-130’s back door opened during a flight over the Atlantic.

As to detainees, when will Congress “make rules concerning captures on land” … or admit that they already have?

Our Press and our Congress are so likely to use information for a moment’s news bite that even the Brits hesitate to tell us what they know. I rather like “full disclosure,” but selective reporting and political ploys are unconscionable. Do we believe our civilization deserves to survive?