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December 28, 2008: On December 25th, a German frigate off the coast of Somalia, sent its helicopter to interrupt a pirate attack on an Egyptian merchant ship. One member of the Egyptian crew had already been wounded by gunfire, but the German helicopter stopped the attack. German sailors then captured and disarmed six of the pirates. The pirates were then set free. This is because German law only allows the prosecution of pirates who are attacking Germans (or German property.) The Egyptian ship was carrying a cargo of wheat from Ukraine to South Korea.

Since World War II, national and international laws for dealing with pirates (which used to mean trying and executing the pirates on the spot) have been discarded. But nothing took the place of those procedures, because it was believed that piracy was no longer a problem.

Germany is not the only country having problems with prosecuting pirates. Since all this happening in international waters, there is a problem with finding a country that will accept, and prosecute, the pirates. Kenya has agreed to accept, and prosecute, pirates arrested off the coast of Somalia. The pirates will be tried under Kenyan law, but foreign countries will provide money to help pay for the proceedings.

Some nations working the anti-piracy patrol, have signed deals with Kenya, which sends pirates captured off the Somali coast, to Kenyan courts for prosecution. These deals provide cash to help defer the costs of prosecution and incarceration, which would otherwise be a burden for a poor nation like Kenya.

Meanwhile, Chinese warships have just arrived off the Somali coast, and a Russian warship already there has not caught any pirates yet. Everyone is watching what will happen to pirates caught by Russian or Chinese warships. These two nations are known to be very ruthless when it comes to law and order issues. Most other nations are more politically correct. The Chinese are rather more blunt. Most of the criminals executed worldwide each year, are killed in China.

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Photon       12/28/2008 6:45:36 PM
I think what the Chinese should do with pirate prisoners is to prosecute them under piracy, then sentence them to be shot.  Afterwards, take out body parts that are marketable in the global organ transplant market.  Make lots of money ......
 
That should send a very blunt message to the pirates better than anything else.  Let's go, China!!! ;)

 
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Gerry       12/28/2008 9:54:11 PM

I think what the Chinese should do with pirate prisoners is to prosecute them under piracy, then sentence them to be shot.  Afterwards, take out body parts that are marketable in the global organ transplant market.  Make lots of money ......

 

That should send a very blunt message to the pirates better than anything else.  Let's go, China!!! ;)





I was going to say something else, but I really like this idea.
 
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Daniel       12/29/2008 3:21:23 AM
I believe that the preferred Chinese method is to take the parts first and then execute. This reduces the probability of damage to the parts.
 

 
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aki009    Cost of Chinese policing...   12/29/2008 10:58:37 AM
There is a long term cost to Chinese doing the policing in these places. If we don't have the guts to do what needs to be done (and we clearly haven't since Clinton stopped several programs of such nature) we will be relegated to a secondary role in those parts of the world where the willingness to exercise power brings the spoils.
 
Another secondary effect is the "pissing in the eye" effect, of which the attacks on the World Trade Center (the failed and the successful one) are merely a symptom. For example, why don't the Russians suffer more terrorism? It's not that their intelligence services are extremely effective at avoiding such attacks, but rather that the Russians have made the consequences of attacks such that there aren't many takers.
 
It's just too bad that we now have another Clinton about to become the US president, with all too predictable consequences when it comes to the security and standing of the US.

 
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FJV    Why don't the Russians suffer more terrorism?   12/29/2008 12:21:44 PM
The Russians/former USSR suffer plenty of terrorism:
 
Russian plane blown up with 90 dead.
 
The apartment bombings in Russia killing 300, which was the cause for the 2nd Chechen war
 
 The Beslan school hostage crisis

 
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trenchsol       12/29/2008 12:27:31 PM
Keel hauling, walking the plank, etc.....Why inventing new ways, while there are good old ones ?
 
DG


 
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Photon       12/29/2008 9:33:54 PM

I believe that the preferred Chinese method is to take the parts first and then execute. This reduces the probability of damage to the parts.

The fresher, the merrier .....
 
I think China should set up a 'front' company ... let's say .... Red Sea Medical Supply Co..  The company slogan -- 'If we don't have it, we'll find it!'
 
I just like the idea of turning the Somali piracy issue upside down, thereby, instead of merchant vessels hunted by the pirates, hunt down the pirates instead.  With the organ harvest, we can kill two birds with one stone.  Send clear messages to the pirates, and, at the same time, we have just found a new source of scarce direct materials for the lucrative global body parts trade!
 
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WarNerd       12/30/2008 5:07:57 AM

The fresher, the merrier .....

I think China should set up a 'front' company ... let's say .... Red Sea Medical Supply Co..  The company slogan -- 'If we don't have it, we'll find it!'

I just like the idea of turning the Somali piracy issue upside down, thereby, instead of merchant vessels hunted by the pirates, hunt down the pirates instead.  With the organ harvest, we can kill two birds with one stone.  Send clear messages to the pirates, and, at the same time, we have just found a new source of scarce direct materials for the lucrative global body parts trade!


Given their past history of supply chain contamination, would you want to trust your health to parts from a China based supplier? 
 
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Photon       12/30/2008 9:03:03 PM


Given their past history of supply chain contamination, would you want to trust your health to parts from a China based supplier? 

Who knows?  I once saw a documentary on fake culinary lessons from China.  One of them was about how to fake beef, the other one was about how to fake egg.
 
For example, the fake beef:  Slices of ham (or chicken), bind them together with gluten from flour (that is what makes flour stick together), then put all of them together and take it into a freezer.  (Need to have them frozen in order for the gluten to work.)  Thereafter, take the resulting product out and ... voilà!
 
The documentary production crew actually brought fake beef and fake eggs out onto the streets to have them tried out by random shoppers.  They could not distinguish between the genuine and the fake.  Pretty ingenious!
 
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hongzhao       1/1/2009 1:05:18 AM

The article concluded by saying that every year, most of the world's criminals in China are being killed,

this might truth is that, do not forget those who are murderers or committed a grave crime.

But do not overlook another fact: the world's most innocent people are killed by the United States!

 
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