Monday, August 03, 2009

Don't Negotiate With Terrorist's

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When the Maersk Alabama was high jacked, the crew fought back with the captain giving himself up for his men and a fate unknown. It worked out for the best with the SEAL's blowing the pirates brains all over the boat they were holding the good captain on. All's well that ends well.

The EU couldn't bring themselves to be that fierce and we have a situation in which they are about to pay to get their boat back:

There’s new hope for the crew of the hijacked German-owned ship, the Hansa Stavanger. This Monday a ransom of millions was handed over to the pirates holding the ship off the coast of Somalia — the pirates have been holding the freighter, owned by Hamburg shipping firm, Leonhardt and Blumberg, for several months now.

A spokesperson for the European Union counter-piracy operation, Operation Atalanta, which has several warships patrolling the pirate-infested area, confirmed the ransom transfer. “The money is on board and the pirates are counting it,” the spokesperson told SPIEGEL ONLINE, although he would not elaborate further.

Through sources close to German intelligence agencies and local sourcees, SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that a small plane was used to throw a package containing $2.75 million (€ 1.9 million) worth of ransom onto the Hansa Stavanger. It is hoped that when the money has been counted the ship and the crewwill be set free. Whether that will still happen on Monday is uncertain although the security authorities estimate a release should happen within 24 hours.
So the Euro's are paying off the pirates and thus ensuring themselves a decade of pirated boats and captured crews.

Perhaps if they had the guts to set the SBS M Squadron loose they'd see a different result but alas, they do not.

Hat tip: Hot Air.

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