Sunday, April 12, 2009

That Would Be Perdicaris Alive, Then…

Wonderful news of Richard Phillips’ rescue solves the equation in that last post--and let’s raise a glass to the SEAL team that went in to secure that rescue.

I do, however think that we still need to work a bit on the “Raisuli dead” side of things. This one incident, where America was provoked directly, won’t end with the pirates realizing that the calculus of piracy has changed much. Unless that cost is one levied for the very act of piracy, for the continued actions against humanity, then they’ll probably just be a bit more careful about whose ships they bother.

In those waters, piracy remains a lucrative and sane business decision where you are far more likely to realize significant monetary gain when you take a ship or its crew. What you aren’t likely to realize is a loss of life, limb, or freedom. Three dead pirates is just (barely) a good start in changing the cost of business to the point where other options seem a far better bet.

Update: And I’d like to second President Obama in praising the heroism and resolve of Captain Phillips. Remarkable man--and his actions are well worth celebrating and holding up as shining examples of what we should all aspire to: selflessness and bravery under the most trying circumstances.

Steve Green has some comments, too. And Michelle Malkin’s take is quite similar. I’d like to know more about the situation, but as of right now I’m holding some of the same thoughts--for those of you who haven’t clicked through, Steve’s summary is particularly apt:

The missing context is this — the might and will of the United States were held hostage, until one brave civilian captain took matters into his own hands. Philips risked his life escaping, and opened the door for the Navy SEALs — who ought to be in the business of kicking doors down.


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