Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pirates of Somalia are terrorists

By now you know that Captain Richard Phillips was rescued when American naval snipers swiftly used bullets to kill his captors -- wasting nothing. It was an impressive end to an otherwise dangerous mission.

Whether President Obama had a hand in this is open to speculation, yet he should and has done everything in his words to take credit for this. He is the commander in chief, he gave the order to shoot if a life was threatened, and the navy seals followed orders.

This is something that shows the mite of America, whereas no other country could have accomplished what was accomplished here: the bad guys are dead, and all the good guys are now safe.

This is a perfect example that America must not give in to calls by other nations to dumb down our military. We also must not give into calls from our own leaders in Washington to make cuts in our military.

And, most important, we must not as a nation treat these incidences as domestic violence that should be treated as criminal activity by the criminal justice department or military. It must be treated as the terrorist activity it is, and dealt with by the military.

So, Obama made the right decision to call for swift action in rescuing the captain. He said he wanted to negotiate, but if the life of the captain was at stake, swift action should be taken. Negotiations failed, and swift action was taken.

As we learned during the Carter and Clinton administrations foreign policy decisions in North Korea, negotiations with terrorist thugs never work. What they do is empower the terrorist to terrorize more, to kidnap more, so they can get what they want in the end.

Obama must come to the conclusion that these terrorists, like Al Qaeda, are not foreign contingencies, and they are not criminals: they are terrorists.

And there is only one way to deal with terrorists: take them out at their home base. It's time for the American military to go into Somalia and finish a project that was started during the Bush 41 presidency.

More on this tomorrow.

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