Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The bizarre case of pirates’ human rights

The Catch-22 of the Somali pirate problem is the result of two generations of multi-culturalism, political correctness and liberalism in the Western world. The international community has given up the old treaties of the sea that had well defined remedies for dealing with piracy. Now we have a hodgepodge of nations sailing around in circles, each with it's own rules and laws, and no one with the gumption to do what is necessary.


The bizarre case of pirates’ human rights
By Amitai Etzioni (bio)

We are told that the reasons we have such a hard time stopping the pirates is that our forces have a very hard time locating them in the vast sea. An odd statement, given that the pirates have no trouble locating our ships in the same sea, and they have no drones, satellites, AWACS, and all the other means of modern technology. Moreover, we hardly need to look for them; they present themselves to us, quite regularly. Most recently they captured six ships with a few weeks.

The main reason pirates roam freely is only whispered in the corridors of power, because it is very politically incorrect to openly state that pirates are protected by a radical interpretation of human rights. The various navies involved are operating (or more precisely, are not operating) because of one or more of the following points: