Skip to comments.Capitalism Will Defeat the Pirates
Posted on 05/02/2009 8:13:30 AM PDT by TDCAnalyst
Want to know why pirates are hijacking and holding people for ransom? Because it works. The truth is that in places around the world where criminality is a profitable business, piracy is a pretty wise investment with nice returns and little risk. The only thing standing between you and the prize are unarmed crewmembers prepared to combat your guns with axes and hoses.
The pirates are acting entirely out of economic interest. They dont suicide bomb their targets. They dont say its part of a grand jihad, even if al-Qaeda roots them on and does business with them. They dont make political demands. They want money and that means victory will come when piracy becomes an unsuccessful business enterprise.
Capitalism, through providing the economic incentives for ship crews to be armed or to hire private security, will ultimately end piracy as a major industry for the black market charlatans. To this day, companies are reluctant to arm their crews because of a fear of lawsuits resulting from an accident and high insurance costs. Each attack will drive the point home that an unarmed ship is a vulnerable ship, whose very presence provides pirates with the motivation to continue and expand their assaults. Facing steep financial losses, companies owning seaborne vessels traveling in these parts of the world will find it more costly not to arm their crews and, hopefully, insurance companies will be wise enough to realize it is in their best interest to lower rates on protected vessels....
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Judging by the fact that they haven’t won a Pennant since, what, 1979, it can’t be that difficult to defeat the Pirates.
Providing Obama doesn't defeat capitalism first.
The one thing they don’t mention is that in Somalia, they have a natural renewable resource. Young, ingnorant jungle, tribal idiots.
I found a Somali charter package that I think is perfect for you!
It departs from Sawakin (in the Sudan) and docks at Bagamoya (in Tanzania). The cost is a bit high @ $800 per person double occupancy but I didn’t think that was too much for you.
The part I thought you would enjoy was the entertainment. The cruise company is encouraging people to bring their ‘High powered weapons’ along on the cruise. If you don’t have weapons you can rent them right there on the boat. They claim to have a master gunsmith on board and will have reloading parties every afternoon.
The cruise lasts from 4-8 days and nights and costs a maximum of $3200 per person double occupancy (4 days). All the boat does is sail up and down the coast of Somalia waiting to get hijacked by pirates!
Here are some of the costs and claims associated with the package.
$800.00 US/per day double occupancy (4 day max billing)
M-16 full auto rental $25.00/day ammo at 100 rounds of 5.56 armor piercing ammo at 15.95
Ak-47 rifle @ No charge. ammo at 100 rounds of 7.62 com block ball ammo at 14.95
Barrett M-107 .50 cal sniper rifle rental $55.00/day ammo at 25 rounds of .50 cal. armor piercing at 9.95
Crew members can double as spotters for 30.00 per hour (spotting scope included).
They even offer RPG’s at 75 bucks and 200 dollars for 3 standard loads
“Everyone gets use of free complimentary night vision equipment and coffee and snacks on the top deck from 7pm-6am.”
Meals are not included but seem reasonable.
Most cruises offer a mini-bar... these gung ho entrepreneurs offer......... get this.....
“MOUNTED MINIGUN AVAILABLE @ 450.00 per 30 seconds of sustained fire”
Sign my arse up!
They advertise group rates and corporate discounts......and even claim “FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY”
They even offer a partial money back if not satisfied....here’s some text from the ad.
“We guarantee that you will experience at least two hijacking attempts by pirates or we will refund back half your money including gun rental charges and any unused ammo (mini gun charges not included)
How can we guarantee you will experience a hijacking? We operate at 5 knots within 12 miles of the coast of Somalia. If an attempted Hijacking does not occur we will turn the boat around and cruise by at 4 knots. We will repeat this for up to 8 days making three passes a day along the
entire length of Somalia.
At night the boat is fully lit and bottle rockets are shot off at intervals and loud disco music beamed shore side to attract attention. Cabin space is limited so respond quickly. Reserve your package before May 29 and get
100 rounds of free tracer ammo in the caliber of your choice.”
Of course, but if they made a living from their resources, it would mean that they would have to work which is against their code. Why work and sweat and get your hands dirty when you can hang out like the rest of the hood rats and capitalize on easy opportunity?
The capital that will defeat the pirates is a cannon with a capital BANG everytime one of their scuzzy little boats is located out of sight of the shore.
Folks in pittsburgh will NOT be pleased!
Will anyone in Pittsburgh even notice?
Kind of sounds like our inner cities doesn’t it?
BAAAAAAD argument! ! !
Chasing pirates around the Seven Seas, or any part thereof is a fools errand. Maritime history is quite clear about this.
The English chased pirates in the Caribbean, fruitlessly, I might add.
Only when they attacked the pirate land bases did they succeed in destroying the pirates.
Collateral damage was not an issue to those pirate exterminators. We must learn from the history of preceding English piracy extermination effort.
Wipe out their ‘compounds’, the harbors they use, etc. Collateral damage be damned!
Live with pirates, die with pirates.
“Capitalism, through providing the economic incentives for ship crews to be armed or to hire private security, will ultimately end piracy as a major industry for the black market charlatans.”
Doesn’t look like ending the piracy of the United States govrnment; perhaps someone should inform our current leader that wealth creation doesn’t exist under Marxism. Wealth is merely redistributed until it runs out, at which time the nation tends to fall apart.