Monday, January 24, 2011

The Republic of Korea's Civilized Response to Somali Piracy

If you're interested in military porn, you can get your fix over on Robert Koehler's fine blog — Video of recapture of Samho Jewelry. This blogger is more interested in the denouement.

Pirates though they may be (or have been), they are worthy of the dignified treatment these stories report is being afforded to the dead — S. Korea to Hand Bodies of Pirates Over to Somalia — and to the living — Pirates may be flown to Korea for punishment. "Piracy is an issue where universal jurisdiction is applied," said a government official, quoted in the second article. "There will be no legal barriers to punish them because it is an international crime against the Korean people."

Compare that manly, civilized response to the barbarism of the cheering when suspected pirates "were 'set free' in a tiny inflatable raft, with no navigation equipment, 350 miles off the coast of Yemen" (to agonizingly die of thirst) by one of the blogosphere's more annoying personalities — Rod Dreher Supports Extra-Judicial Execution. "Off you go, lads! Enjoy the sailing!" he lisped.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Well said.

10:40 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I see this as a watershed moment for South Korea; not only has she finally stood up for herself in the world arena, she's also led the way for others to follow.

12:30 AM  

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