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To: SandRat
Thus with the U-boat effectively lured towards the apparently abandoned vessel the Q-Ship would run up the white ensign and the deck structure would be collapsed by the remaining ship’s crew revealing a series of up to four manned guns, which would immediately open fire.

Which directly and predictably led to the German's treating ALL ships as potential Q ships, and simply torpedoing them. Which led to the German torpedoing of the RMS Lusitania, with the deaths of over a thousand civilians, and the entrance of the United States into the war

The whole point of the Q ship was to create civilian casualties to make it easier to sell having the US enter the war.

I have a simpler solution. Have an AC-130 cruise along the length of Somalia's coast, and destroy EVERY Somali boat. Repeat every few nights. The pirate incidents will stop.

41 posted on 09/27/2008 6:38:47 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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To: PapaBear3625

I would think a reasoned, relatively cheap approach would be to put a couple of Marine harriers in DJ, with a tanker; and give all commercial maritime traffic the freq to call for help. But what do I know?


43 posted on 09/27/2008 6:44:31 PM PDT by Salvavida (Restoring the U.S.A. starts with filling the empty pew at a local Bible-believing church.)
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To: PapaBear3625
"I have a simpler solution. Have an AC-130 cruise along the length of Somalia's coast, and destroy EVERY Somali boat."

They can. If every 3rd shot is WP. I fixed all the Ku and X-band antennas for the bunch. The fire-control was done by other people.

51 posted on 09/27/2008 7:15:51 PM PDT by BobS
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