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For all the hand-wringers out there who are wondering what to do about the renewed threat of piracy in the world today: learn from history. They knew how to deal with pirates in the 1700s. Send out your navies, hunt them down, kill them. The hanging of Blackbeard's head from the ship's bowspit was a dramatic and effective touch, I must say. This method was so effective that piracy on the high seas almost completely vanished after the time of Blackbeard and stayed that way for nearly 300 years. It worked then. It'll work now.

On a personal note: Ya gotta love the bit about the Highlander cutting off Blackbeard's head. "If it not be well done, I'll do it better." What a great story!

1 posted on 11/20/2008 5:34:22 PM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Reaganesque

The next “Talk Like A Pirate Day” MUST include the phrase: “Ack! Gurg...”


2 posted on 11/20/2008 5:38:19 PM PST by Clint Williams (Read Roto-Reuters -- we're the spinmeisters | Impeach Obama!)
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To: Reaganesque

If it not be well done, I’ll do it better. With that he gave him a second stroke, which cut off his head, laying it flat on his shoulder.

Just damn!


3 posted on 11/20/2008 5:45:50 PM PST by webschooner
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To: Reaganesque

Leave it to a Scotsman to do it right!!


4 posted on 11/20/2008 5:51:46 PM PST by mo
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The various navies seem hamstrung by the legal vacuum of dealing with civilian fighters who attack civilian targets and then hide in sovereign waters.

But thats only because they’ve got it backwards. The legal vacuum ought not mean the good guys have no recourse, but rather that the bad guys have no legal standing. That means you hunt them down and eliminate them. Somalia is a failed state; Puntland isn’t even recognized as a state. So don’t waste energy with hand-wringing, just do it.

There are times when you have to stop worrying about what the men in suits think. The men in suits are paying these people off to the tune of a million bucks at a time. Just get them and wipe them out. There is another name for civilian fighters who attack civilian targets; they’re called terrorists. They need to be dealt with; we’re supposedly at war with terrorists.


6 posted on 11/20/2008 5:58:18 PM PST by marron
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To: Reaganesque
one of Maynard's men being a Highlander, engaged Teach with his broad sword, who gave Teach a cut on the neck, Teach saying well done lad; the Highlander replied, If it not be well done, I'll do it better. With that he gave him a second stroke, which cut off his head, laying it flat on his shoulder.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

A lot of victories went to the British because of Scottish Warriors, seconded from the Highlands, from the Firth of Forth to the shores of Loch Buie, and thence all over the world.Many were Camerons, Donalds, Campbells,Buchanans and MacIntoshes.

7 posted on 11/20/2008 6:03:29 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: Reaganesque

Great stuff!


9 posted on 11/20/2008 6:11:16 PM PST by Chinstrap61a
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To: Reaganesque

ping for home read


15 posted on 11/20/2008 6:52:00 PM PST by unkus
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To: Reaganesque

Amen...mount the little Somali bastards on a stick with a bunch of pig’s heads just to emphasize the point!!! Kill’m all....and send the remains to the pig pen.


17 posted on 11/20/2008 6:58:59 PM PST by pointsal
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You know,I always thought it’d be kinda exciting to be a pirate when I was a young lad. But later I came to realize that there’d always be the unwieldy prospect of forever having my Parrots looking over my shoulder...


18 posted on 11/20/2008 7:03:48 PM PST by Dysart (Don't forget your change, America)
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“hunt them down, kill them”

Wouldn’t that be violent? Why not negotiate with them and find out why they hate us so much.

20 posted on 11/20/2008 7:40:36 PM PST by garjog
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To: Reaganesque; All

I am with you 100%.

I live in Massachusetts, and you know how things are up here. At work the other day, where they freely talk politics (I don’t, I consider it unprofessional) one of the four libs around me began talking about the pirates.

Basically, “Oh, what should be done?”

I had to pipe in. I said:

“Hang them. On the spot. Better yet, do what they did with William Kidd. They hung him, covered his body in tar, encased him in chains in a cage which they hung from a hook in the outer portions of Boston Harbor.”

One of the libs laughed nervously and made some comment about the “old ways” and I said:

“Sometimes the old ways are best. There was a reason Piracy flourished then largely disappeared from many places in the world. When the Americans, British or nearly any other civilized nation with a Navy caught them, it was more likely they would be hung on the spot. If they were a celebrity, they might be brought to trial somewhere, but that wasn’t the rule. They should all be immediately executed, no trial. Like what they used to do with horse thieves.”

I am sure down inside they were thinking “That would be a violation of their human rights!”


22 posted on 11/21/2008 9:05:13 PM PST by rlmorel ("A barrel of monkeys is not fun. In fact, a barrel of monkeys can be quite terrifying!")
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