Monday, February 28, 2011
Over 800 seafarers are currently being held hostage in appalling conditions by armed gangs of Somali pirates. Subjected to physical and psychological abuse for months at a time, they are held ransom for millions of dollars. Merchant ships are being attacked daily and run a gauntlet of gunfire and rocket propelled grenade attacks.
“The piracy crisis in the Indian Ocean is getting worse, and not just for the shipping industry” said Ms Teresa Hatch, Executive Director of the Australian Shipowners Association. “The impact on the key supply routes and vessels having to look at alternative routes will mean increased transport costs and delivery times.”
“Recent figures show that piracy is costing the global economy billions of dollars a year” Ms Hatch said.
To highlight the severity of the crisis the international shipping community has now resorted to placing adverts in the world’s media and calling for action from governments.
The Australian Shipowners Association has raised the industry’s concern over this increasing threat with the Gillard Government.
The world relies on freedom of the seas for the safe delivery of 90% of food, fuel, raw materials and manufactured goods. This freedom is threatened. The lawlessness has spread right across the Indian Ocean – through which half the world’s oil supply passes.
As part of the campaign to increase awareness and a call for government action, the SOS Save Our Seafarers website was launched today – http://www.saveourseafarers.com/ Supporters can send a pre-prepared letter, signed by them to their chosen heads of government. The website will also have up-to-the minute information on the piracy situation, and an SOS TV page with film clips and pictures.
Bible Voyage Ends in Tragedy
CBN News, February 25, 2011
Orchestrating the Response to Piracy
NATO Community, February 14, 2011
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency, has launched an action plan to tackle the problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia.
[MY COMMENTARY: IMO is avoiding any consideration for a new maritime treaty on the arming of merchant vessels and their crew (not just armed contract security teams). Criticism of IMO’s reluctance in this regard is increasing.]
The ultimate goal of Sharia and Islam, like Hitler’s Mein Kampf, is the achievement of a global empire. Sharia must never get a foothold in the United States! First order of busines for Sharia and Islam is the overthrow of our Bill of Rights! It will be, on that basis alone, the predicate act triggering World War III.
The quote, “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom”
has never been traced to Thomas Jefferson.
Excerpt from William Shakespeare – Hamlet 3/1:
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles.
Here I present a POINT: Prosecute and Imprison Somali Pirates and COUNTER-POINT: Hang captured pirates at sea or sink pirate ships at sea with all hands aboard. This age old question is reflected in two Latin maxims:
Via antiqua via est tuta
The old way is the safe way.
Salus populi est suprema lex.
The safety of the people is the highest law.
If “Piracy and Armed Robbery on the High Seas” and the connsequential murder of innocent seafarers can be couched in terms of war, especially when Somalia is choatically devolving into civil war with civilian refugees fleeing into Kenya then I concluded that the Djibouti Code of Conduct and the international coalition of naval forces operating under The Law of Nations short of initiating a full scale war on Somalia is a complete failure to suppress piracy and armed robbery on the high seas. The next step must be war on Somalia to circumvent the imminent risk of destabilizing the region, though it could be said that initiating a war on Somalia is itself an act the further destablizes the region. It may very well be. But like that old saying, it’s going to get worse before it gets better, kind of like a tornado or a hurricane coming at you.
According to the ECOTERRA International Bulletin, Status of Seized Vessels and Crews in Somalia, the Gulf of Aden, and the Indian Ocean, February 23, 2011, “at least 50 foreign vessels plus two barges are kept in Somali hands against the will of their owners, while at least 815 hostages or captives – including a South-African yachting couple – suffer to be released” are being held hostage by the Somali pirates. Under the Geneva Convention this hostages are prisoners of war.
I cite excerpts from Vattel’s, The Law of Nations (1797), concerning a truce during war, and current news events as noted below to conclude that the FBI Hostage Negotiator violated the Rules of War under The Law of Nations when he wrongly concluded that the two Somali pirate leaders aboard the USS Sterett (DDG 104) were not serious about the negotiation and decided to throw the two Somali pirate leaders into the brig. [CORRECTED FEB. 28, 2011]
Three of the four Americans murdered aboard the yacht Quest (Davidson 58 Pilot House Sloop) by Somali pirates were Amateur Radio Operators! See, Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), Three Yachtsmen Killed by Somali Pirates were Hams, February 22, 2011. As an incidental fact, I am an Extra Class amateur radio operator, Don Hamrick/KI5SS in addition to being a U.S. merchant seaman of 20 years.
U.S House of Representatives’ Rule 7b(1) states in full:
“The sponsor of a public bill or public resolution may name cosponsors. The name of a cosponsor added after the initial printing of a bill or resolution shall appear in the next printing of the bill or resolution on the written request of the sponsor. Such a request may be submitted to the Speaker at any time until the last committee authorized to consider and report the bill or resolution reports it to the House or is discharged from its consideration.”