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Old 02-22-2011, 01:47 PM   #15
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BREAKING NEWS. The 4 crew on sv Quest have reportedly lost their lives. Our deepest sympathies to their families.

Report - HERE

This is a FOX NEWS report but apparently also reported on CNN.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:52 PM   #16
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February 22, 2011 1405 GMT

Four Americans have died aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, apparently killed by their captors, CBS News reported Feb. 22. The Quest was hijacked on Feb. 18 off Oman and was being shadowed by a U.S. Navy warship. Gunshots were heard aboard the vessel, which carried more than a dozen pirates, some of whom the warship killed, while others were captured.

Sad news, indeed.

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Old 02-22-2011, 01:54 PM   #17
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The four Americans aboard the pirated yacht off the coast of Somalia have been killed.

A Navy warship was following the "Quest" when they heard gun shots aboard the yacht and took action. All 4 Americans were dead, killed apparently by their captors.

There were more than a dozen pirates, some of them are dead and others captured.


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Another report - HERE

So sad!
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:00 PM   #18
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And HERE from the BBC too.

So sad indeed.

If anything good comes out of this it may be that the US and its allies will now be willing to take stronger action. Let's hope so.

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A report from "Navy Life" - HERE
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A more detailed report - HERE

Only minutes before the military said the four Americans had died, a Somali pirate told The Associated Press by phone that if the yacht was attacked, "the hostages will be the first to go."

"Some pirates have even suggested rigging the yacht with land mines and explosives so as the whole yacht explodes with the first gunshot," said the pirate, who gave his name as Abdullahi Mohamed, who claimed to be a friend of the pirates holding the four Americans.

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If anything good comes out of this it may be that the US and its allies will now be willing to take stronger action. Let's hope so.

Aye**//**Stephen
yes, very sad and terrifying news...*

... and especially as stronger actions must have top priority as there are currently about 30 ships with a total crewnumber of 500 in capture, the range of pirat activities spread out, and as the pirates acts get more violent and "professional": they were even able to enter the heavily secured pirate safe room after two and a half days on the MS BELUGA NOMINATION, captured in January. One crew member escaped (in an inflatabe), two are dead...

... and now four fellow sailors had to die...

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I'm pretty sure we will be hanging out in Australia till the powder keg chills. It will be interesting to see what develops from this tragic event...public hangings come to mind.
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Trim,

Personally I think you are right in that it should be public with the PC folks who are helping the pirates right next to them. What is that old saying about Evil not needing the aid of good men but only their inaction/apathy? Seems like we are getting into that place again in history where there is going to be an ugly war coming.

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An interesting, if much simplified, analysis of the piracy situtation from the BBC HERE.

Unfortunately, the only conclussion reached by the analysis is that, "With the use of force on the increase, these hostages could now be in more danger" and no call for governments to do more.

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An interesting aspect of what is to come of the pirates in custody is the probability that most of them are teenagers. Will the American public deal with them the way they should be or will the bleeding hearts come to their rescue?
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Will the American public deal with them the way they should be or will the bleeding hearts come to their rescue?
What is likely to happen, both in the US and elsewhere, is that these captured pirates will be model prisoners. They will work hard and probably study and be seen as being rehabilitated. As a consequence, they will receive remission of their prison terms and be let out after half the time. Of course, if Somalia is still in the state it is today they will claim asylum as it is unsafe to send the poor people back from whence they came or maybe a new regime, if there is one, will not recognize them and they will be stateless.

Either way, the end result is the same. We will end up keeping them for the rest of their lives and in far greater comfort than they have ever known. Of course, everybody should have an opportunity to live a safe and normally comfortable life but that should come through hard work – it should never be the reward of heinous criminal action.

I hate to think how much each and every one of these vermin is going to cost society but I do know that, whatever the cost, the funds would have been better spent in schools and hospitals benefitting those who paid the money in the first place and now have little or no say in how it is used.

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That is why their port of entry needs to be Dallas, Texas...they would be shown to the front of the line no matter their age.
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That is why their port of entry needs to be Dallas, Texas.
Agreed!

But in our PC aware society this is far too unlikely to happen. Unfortunately.

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