Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dealing with Pirates

On Easter Sunday, April 12, Navy Seals rescued an American citizen held captive by Somali pirates. Three of the pirates were killed and one surrendered during the successful rescue. This year 18 vessels (not all American) have been hijacked with 16 vessels and 285 sailors still captive by the pirates. On Monday, April 13, 3 more ships were captured by pirates and a United States Congressman had his plane fired upon as he landed in Mogadishu. Abdullahi Lami, one of the pirates holding a Greek ship anchored in the Somali town of Gaan, said: “Every country will be treated the way it treats us. In the future, America will be the one mourning and crying. We will retaliate... the killings of our men.” With the resources at our disposal how does this continue?

Before I attempt to answer the question, allow me to express my pride in our military for their courage and valor. These precious men and women stand at the gate of freedom for you and me each day of our life. As always, I am proud to be an American.

Now to the question; First, I believe we operate from the false premise, that all people live with the same morals and ethics with which we live. There is evil in the world and there are people and nations that do not value life and freedom as we do. Second, as a nation, we spend far too much time being concerned about what other nations (usually our enemies) think of us. When American lives are at stake we should take any and all appropriate measures to rescue them. These are our people. Third, we have by historic practice, shown the world that we do not possess the resolve for a long conflict that requires a consistent commitment. Now is the time for America to stand strong and tall. With the military resources at our disposal a motley band of pirates should cower in fear not mock and threaten us.

Someone has well said, “The threat of terrorism is not stronger than the will of the American people.” May this be true of our leaders. I encourage you to pray for our President and other military leaders as they seek to bring to an end this particular terrorism.

Attempting to connect the dots…

Romans 1:16

“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.”

-- Clare Booth Luce


Blogger Tom Bryant said...

As for the SEALS, just the fact that there was 3 shots and 3 kills says how well prepared and trained these men are.

Like you said, because they do not share our committment to life, they will take larger and larger numbers of hostages and dare us to take them out.

So we have to have the resolve to "terminate with extreme prejudice" the pirates even if some hostages are killed. I wonder if we currently do have that resolve.

April 14, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

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