Something I do NOT understand at all and that is WHY?
|Not like Johnny Depp|
Pirates are not some loveable characters as currently portrayed by Johnny Depp who bumble about sounding like Keith Richard and being attracted to and attracting Kiera Knightly.
They are savage nasty evil murdering scum who go out on the ocean hundreds of miles offshore and terrorise oceans in order to steal boats and sell them having killed the owners or to steal boats and ransom them and their occupants back to those who are willing to pay on pain of killing the owners or their employees.
Therefore, and bearing in mind that this happens normally outside the territorial waters of a sovereign nation, why has whichever Navy captures these pirates NOT dispensed summary justice as was done in the olden days?
Walking the plank or hanging people from the yard-arm is probably unacceptable however a Hellfire Missile up the exhaust pipes of their Dhow might make the point in an indelible and Darwinianly acceptable manner, that Piracy should be extinct in the 21st Century.
UPDATE 22nd February 2011 From the BBC
'killed by captors'
Four Americans hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman have been killed by their captors, US defence officials say.
The US military said its forces trailing the vessel had responded to gunfire heard aboard but found all the captives shot when they arrived.
The yacht S/V Quest, hijacked on Friday, was owned and sailed by Scott and Jean Adam of California.
Also killed were two US passengers, Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle.'Shot by captors'
In a statement, US Central Command said that negotiations were under way between the US Navy and the pirates, when the US forces heard gunfire coming from the Quest about 0600GMT.
They boarded the ship, killing two pirates in the process, and discovered the four Americans shot. The US Navy sailors attempted to provide first aid but the hostages died, the military said.
"As they responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors," Gen James Mattis of US Central Command Commander said in a statement.
"We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest," the statement added.
The US Navy captured 13 pirates, and found the remains of two other pirates already dead about the vessel, the US military said.
The US Navy said it had been closely monitoring the vessel once it learned it had been hijacked, sending four warships to the area.