Friday, January 21, 2011

A Justified Use of Force

"South Korean naval special forces successfully rescued 21 seamen and their South Korean-operated cargo ship that was hijacked last week by Somali pirates in an operation that left eight Somali pirates dead" — S. Korean Navy Frees Hijacked Cargo Ship, Kills Somali Pirates.

Two observations: (1) this operation belies the argument put forth by apologists for the American Empire that without the "indispensable nation" protecting the world's sea lanes, the international economy would collapse; and (2) notice the limited nature of the South Korean response; they are not spearheading a "Global War on Piracy."

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Blogger boinky said...

there are quite a few different navies cooperating to fight the Somali pirates, and similar actions have been done by the US Navy and Canada and several other countries.

The problem is that the international laws are weak, as this NPR report shows:
the number of pirates stopped by the international community between August of 2008 and the end of 2009, 706 of them. And only 269 were actually taken into custody. And of those, only 46 so far have been convicted. So, it's a conviction rate of less than 7 percent of those that are stopped for piracy.

Indeed, the African Union has sent peacekeepers to Somalia to stop the criminals who are destablizing that country.

But as long as Europe and the anti Americans like you who would shout "atrocity" when someone "innocent" gets hurt, we would have the press lamenting any intervention of the US to destroy the pirates as "imperialism".

So the US isn't going to be burned again by an ungrateful world to rescue a hundred Pinoy sailors who work for a European shipping company that is too cheap to travel in the protected convoys in the area.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I'm an America Firster, not an "anti-American" as you suggest.

The "indispensible nation" argument is used by those who'd divert my countrymen's attention from the fact that their blood and treasure is being drained by a foreign power.

7:36 PM  

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