Originally Posted by Marc
Doug, I imagine you would not have wanted our Navy to cross the Atlantic to fight the Barbary Pirates two centuries ago, either.
When Seven Seas Voyager crossed gulf of Aden last year, they were put into a convoy. They had Israeli commandos join the ship, too. Unfortunately, unless you are sticking to a set speed or set course, it is hard to put all ships into convoys.
Your comparison does not hold water. Different time, different circumstances, different social values.
I don't believe that those who want to take action realize the immense size of the area that the Somali pirates attack, it is very nearly the size of the United States east of the Missisippi. The fleet required to police the area is more than we can provide. Other nations are there patrolling also, but hardly enough to cover the area.
It should be made clear to recreational sailors, regardless how noble their purpose, that they are taking thier lives in their own hands. The US Navy will attempt to help but negotiating with teenage pirates is often fruitless and they are liable to be killed.