Sunday, January 8, 2012
Another Russian "capture" of Somali pirates.
I love the old-school way Russia has of dealing with these murderous a@#holes. Our Navy dealt with this same problem 200 years ago in the same manner. The Barbary pirate problem led directly to the creation of the US Navy in 1794. The problem was so bad it was not safe to be on the water anywhere between Ireland and North Africa.
Barbary Corsairs captured thousands of ships, and long stretches of coast in Spain and Italy were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants, discouraging settlement until the 19th century. From the 16th to 19th century, corsairs captured an estimated 800,000 to 1.25 million people as slaves.
Even though its Russia, I still enjoy watching soldiers get in some good target practice on worthwhile moving tagets. This is far superior to our 'catch and release' SOP.