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Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by oldman11, Oct 24, 2013.


  1. oldman11

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    Simple solution:
    Kill pirates !

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  3. Mad Ryan

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    You said something I agree with.

    Holy crap!
     
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    Agreed,
    Firehoses as a defense just arent a deterrent anymore.
    Park a few of these on deck of the ships with private security contractors onboard, and piracy would come to a halt in a hurry. ;)


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  5. Mad Ryan

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    Not to derail the testosterone drenched jerk fest that this will soon become, but...

    These countries that the pirates hail from. Nigeria for instance. Are in many cases incredibly "Wealthy" countries in terms of natural resources. Nigeria has gobs of oil. Unfortunately, the people who actually live there are doomed to live in abject poverty because Oil companies come in, pump the oil out, and leave and they don't get a penny.

    Can you really blame them?

    The piracy has been going on for a long time in that part of the world, but the poor bastards with the AK's sure didn't start it.
     
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    I can understand where you are coming from. With that comment I cannot help but ask what lengths I would go to in order to feed my children. I hope to never find out what it is like to be in such dire need that I would result to the atrocities that piracy is known for.

    On the flip side of the coin is an innocent party that is being invaded, taken hostage, murdered, etc. As I see it the innocent party has every right to protect themselves at all costs.

    What would happen if you found an intruder in your home? If you are like me you will defend your home at all costs. I can assure you that if you storm my home you will be met with deadly force. Why shouldn't those in within the shipping industry be allowed the same privileges?

    How do you deter pirates, or any other threat? You display that you have more power and leverage than the enemy does. This comes at an expense though. Weapons and manpower are not cheap.

    How much more would it increase the price of the Widgets imported and exported to hire armed and trained security? Over time the small price increase would pay off and lives would be saved.

    When most people think about deterring a threat they think small rather than big. They want to act on the immediate threat without a thought to the future. A garden hose may piss off and shut down a few pirates once. After that they know what to expect. If you obliterate their ship and collect the survivors to be prosecuted the next boat of pirates may realize things are not worth dying for.

    If the pirates go bigger then you get involved personally and begin shutting down the groups that are organized.

    What about the unorganized groups that evade the defensive attacks on their peers? It is simple, be prepared and when they attack shut them down.

    You cannot rely on the military to defend every vessel on the water. These boats must be able to arm themselves with the firepower needed to protect themselves.

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    Just because the leaders of their country are taking the payoff from the oil companies and not sharing it does not give them them right to hijack and kidnap others. Live by the sword die by the sword. They need to go after people leading their country if their unhappy.
     
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    *Progressives (Liberals) won't allow it...unless its a special occasion to make a chosen one look good....for quick approval points.....:steamed:

    No "Arms" no self defence against Muslim pirates...!!
    Its inhumane and not fair....
     
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    Bring back the Q-ship!
     
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    You left something out there. A fairly important part. Oil companies do in fact lay. Who do they pay?
     
  13. Mad Ryan

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    You might want to look into the colonial history of Africa and revise your statement.

    The "deals" were cut when countries like France, Belgium, England, etc. had armies they used to come in, kill/subvert the local tribes, and then the oil companies and other folks came in and claimed the mineral rights.

    The local folks had zero say in it.

    Ever.
     
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    Well, they screw everyone who actually theoretically "owns" the stuff, that is, the people who live there, and whose land the oil company is pumping the nonrenewable resource out of.

    They pay their execs, shareholders, all our elected officials, etc.

    So the common folks get "laid" and the rich folks or the folks who are worth bribing get "paid"

    Makes sense right?
     
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    I was in no way justifying their means. I was just pointing out that a couple hundred years ago, the European colonial powers came in, killed thousands or tens of thousands of Africans. Claimed the mineral rights of Africa, and basically doomed the entire continent to abject poverty because they can't make use of their own wealth.

    Had this not happened, most people who study such things agree that Africa would be much different. They'd have a thriving middle class and actual wealth like the Western world has had at times and arguably still does.

    When you treat people like animals they tend to live up to your expectations.
     
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    The pirates don't bother the Russians anymore.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLj3aYPXEEo"]Russian Navy vs Somali Pirates.mov - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    The solution to this would be to not import or export anything to any country that does this.
     
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    Their own countrymen treat them like animals! Always have and it persists to this day. This is the reality after 5 decades of independence for most African countries.

    "Most people who study such things agree...". Yeah, sure they do. Have you ever been there? Who exactly are these "people"? Some socialist professor somewhere who assigns misplaced nobility to the savage black man? I have been there, several times, to several different countries, (on hunts). Here's a little additional history for you...

    - Virtually all African societal interaction starts with tribal affiliation. Your birth tribe defines who you are. That has been the case throughout recorded history and still is today.

    - Since most African countries gained independence 50+/- years ago, the day-to-day life of the average African is arguably little better, and in fact it's often worse, than it was under colonial rule. Sad, and an indictment of the modern African leader. At least there was some consistent organization under colonial administrators.

    - Before colonial rule, you do understand that the powerful, more warrior-centric tribes rounded up members of weaker ones and sold them to the Arab slave traders who, in turn, drove them to coastal ports to be sold to merchants from around the world? This is the way it was done. This was the first link in the trade chain. Africans themselves were key contributors to the slave trade. And this was only natural, since before the arrival of the Arab traders, those same powerful tribes had routinely enslaved their neighbors. It was simply a fact of life. Pre-colonial Africa was an intensely dark and violent place.

    - Today, if you are lucky enough to be a member of the ruling tribe, which naturally has political control, and especially the ruling caste within that tribe, your life will be anywhere from decent to luxurious. If you aren't lucky, you and your family will typically be reduced to little more than subsistence living with few, if any, opportunities to advance. Tribal structure and allegiance are still firmly in-place, and are still the most powerful social influences, after family, for almost all Africans. Being a member of the ruling caste, and having the opportunity to go to university in England or the US, only occasionally impacts those traditional loyalties.

    - In almost all African countries, oil production has long been nationalized. Oil wealth stays primarily in-country, almost all of it controlled by the ruling tribe, the bulk of which stays within the ruling caste, and what trickles down stays within the tribal structure. If you are a member of a minority tribe, and in most countries there are many of those, you are out of luck.

    - Genocide is rampant, very often sanctioned by a country's leadership. The most egregious genocides are commonly reported...but there are many others that aren't. The ruling tribe in any given country controls the army through appointed officers who are tribal brothers. And the army is used to punish tribal enemies. Again, this type of persecution is traditional and has been since time immemorial.

    - Corruption is simply considered the right of the tribe in power. It's open and it's everywhere. Media is typically tightly controlled by the leaders. If you complain too loudly, you might expect a knock on the door late at night.

    - For all it's immense natural wealth, Africa, with only a few exceptions, remains backward, illiterate, corrupt, and impoverished after 50+ years of African rule. They would kill all their game...all of it... and cut the parks and reserves up into small acreage plots, to be overgrazed and over farmed, if not for the cash flow they provide to those in power.

    - Modern African countries, for the most part, are somewhat similar to Mexico....in terms of impoverished masses, an elite ruling class, and rampant corruption...except several orders of magnitude worse, since they've pretty well cornered the market on genocide in the 21st century...but then that's something they've always been good at.

    - No Utopia, at least in the human sense. It never was. And given it's history and traditions, it never was going to be, whether ruled by Africans, or by outsiders.
     
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    Don't go places you don't belong and you won't get captured by pirates.
     
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