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American Sea Captain Escapes Pirates and is SafeTim King Salem-News.com
U.S. politicians and media pundits remain intent on claiming that the Somali's aren't pirates, as they plunder riches from innocent people in ships on the high seas and kidnap captains in lifeboats.
(MOMBASA, Kenya) - Captain Richard Phillips is a free man. He's the ship captain who was kidnapped last week by Somali pirates. Three of the teenage pirates who were holding Phillips in a lifeboat were killed and a fourth was captured.
Phillips reportedly escaped after jumping overboard. According to CNN, the rescue operation was conducted while one pirate was aboard the USS Bainbridge for negotiations on Phillips' release.
The families and tribal elders of the young pirates tried to negotiate the safe return of the ship captain. They wanted the four Somali teens to be returned to their families.
The piracy problem has been ongoing off the Somali coast since 1991. It began as a response to international vessels that were dumping toxic waste off the coast of this lawless nation and overfishing the waters on a regular basis.
The Somali pirates crossed the line this time by boarding an American-flagged ship. In a typical overreaction, both the United Nations and United States vowed to attack the pirates with weapons like a guided missile frigate.
Hillary Clinton said, "Secretary Gates and I are fully engaged in this matter. We consider it a very serious matter. These people are nothing more than criminals. And we are bringing to bear a number of our assets, including naval and FBI work in order to resolve the hostage situation and bring the pirates to justice. Piracy may be a centuries-old crime, but we are working to bring an appropriate 21st century response."
Clinton, like Matt Lauer on the Today Show Friday, seems intent on confusing people and changing facts by stating that these pirates are "nothing more than criminals". They are pirates, are the powers to be worried about glamorizing them by calling them what they are?
At any rate, the United States gunned down the young pirates after the captain was clear of the lifeboat they were occupying. Their lifeboat was completely out of gas and dead in the water. It seems logical that they could have been captured. The Navy SEAL's apparently stated that they killed the pirates "before they could pull their own triggers" yet the matter was ongoing. Perhaps they didn't fire because they believed they shouldn't do that during negotiations.
At any rate, it seems clear that Captain Richard Phillips is a man of epic, heroic proportions. His life is more interesting and will always be because of his successful escape from armed pirates. He didn't escape from a simple band of criminals. Hillary Clinton and Matt Lauer may get paid to lie, but Americans need to realize that piracy doesn't mean using your neighbor's Internet WyFy; it means committing crimes on the high seas.
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