PIRACY ON THE HIGH SEAS
Secretary of State Condi Rice presented a draft resolution to a special session of the United Nations concerning the piracy issue off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday. Really? Bring an issue of this magnitude to an international organization that is more chicken-shit than the country of France! Don’t get me wrong, Secretary Rice’s resolution is a step in the right direction. The problem is, there is always a fly in the ointment. Meaning, someone whose vote has way too much clout, will object. When that happens, nothing gets done; by the U. N.. When that happens, the burden to handle the situation falls on America and her people. We will once again be forced to sacrifice our resources to rid the world of these criminals; and then we face the criticism of the world. Lets face it, under the scrutiny of countries such as France, Russia and a few others, the U. N. caves time after time. America caves to no one ( at least not yet ) when this country sets out to save a part of the world that needs saving, those people can rest assured we will not back down; even in the face of overwhelming world criticism.
The real crime is, while the rest of the world debates what to do, these criminals go on their merry way doing whatever they want whenever they want. NATO sent four ships to the region on Oct. 24, since then pirates have attacked 32 ships and seized 12. Its had virtually no affect on their activities.
The longer the debate goes on, the more brazen these people will get. Perhaps it is time to stop debating and send in the marines. The problem with that is, Somalia is rapidly becoming the terrorist capital of the world. We would be exposing American Military personnel to God knows what in a country that has no functioning government to speak of. We did that in 1993. Need I remind you what happened?
Is it worth the risk?