Seaweed said:...Meanwhile I have a nasty suspicion (from my uninformed armchair) that our ops are hampered by 'human rights' ROE. The best cure for piracy is to shoot them dead whenever chance affords (and sink their boats); as they are not ideologically driven they might then find their way of life inexpedient.
I agree with your sentiments but be careful what you wish for: Indian navy 'sank Thai trawler'
BBC News 25 Nov 08 said:The owner of a Thai fishing trawler has said the Indian navy sank it off Somalia's coast last week after wrongly assuming it was a pirate "mother ship". Wicharn Sirichaiekawat said the Indian frigate had attacked the Ekawat Nava 5 while it was being hijacked by pirates. He said one of the crew had been found alive after six days in the Gulf of Aden, but that another 14 were missing. The Indian navy has insisted the vessel fired in self-defence at a pirate ship which had been stacked with explosives...
We quite rightly castigate those responsible for 'blue on blue' incidents owing to a trigger-happy mentality. Moreover, it should be noted that up to now the supposedly 'good guys' have been responsible for more hostage deaths (add the recent killing of a French yachtsman to the score) than the Somali pirates who, to my knowledge, have yet to kill anyone. Does anyone else feel uncomfortable about this or don't you think it matters?