After all the fanfare about the launching of the Absalon and the commissioning of Task Force 150, it turns out that the Western Powers are not all that serious about deterring the Somali pirates. The Danes have just released a batch of pirates with a slap on the wrist. Actually, I don’t know if giving them a free ride home and taking away their AK-47s even rises to the level of a slap on the wrist. If this is all the West is going to do to deter pirates, then we are in trouble.
You’ll notice that this insanity is mandated by human rights considerations: we are required to ensure that the pirates are not returned to place where they might face torture or execution.
According to Jyllands-Posten:
Military Frees Pirates
Politicians are fuming over the Defence Ministry’s decision Tuesday to release 10 pirates captured off the Somalian coast last week.
The men were apprehended by the crew of Danish naval vessel ‘Absalon’, which is part of international maritime patrol team ‘Combined Task Force 150’, operating in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s eastern coast.
A cache of weapons was found on the pirate ship and confiscated. But after over a week of deliberation, the Defence Ministry determined that turning the pirates over to an African country’s authorities might result in their torture or execution.
Politicians from both the left and right criticised the pirate’s release. But Søren Gade, the defence minister, defended the move.
‘Other countries have had to do the same thing in previous similar circumstances,’ Gade told TV2 News. ‘The crew of the Absalon fully understands that Denmark must abide by international conventions. We could not hand them over knowing that the 10 men could be tortured or receive the death penalty from the Somali authorities.’
The pirates were set ashore near their hometown with their personal belongings in tact. Their weapons, however, were not returned.
Those poor boys will now be forced to scrounge up some more Kalashnikovs for their next operation. Doesn’t that violate their human rights, too?
Meanwhile, the EU is planning yet another meaningless gesture against the scourge of Somali piracy. If Denmark can’t do more than haul the pirates back to their homes, what can the EU be expected to do?
EU Nations Agree to Piracy Security Operation Off Somalia
(DEAUVILLE) — European Union nations agreed Wednesday to launch an anti-piracy security operation off the coast of Somalia, perhaps as soon as next month, French Defence Minister Herve Morin said.
“There is very broad European willingness. Many countries want to take part. Ten have clearly given their accord to take part in such a mission,” he said at a meeting of EU defence ministers in Deauville, northern France.
“We have given a mandate (to EU top brass) to continue the planning for the launch of this operation in the month of November,” he told reporters. “We will see what means, NATO and European, can be added.”
The initiative comes after Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed urged Somalis and the international community to combat rising piracy off the lawless nation’s waters, which has seen 60 ships seized this year alone.
Morin said France, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, had suggested that Britain should host the mission’s headquarters, with a forward operating headquarters at a yet to be determined location.
So Britain will be in charge. That will be swell, because the UK is one country whose laws require the pirates to be granted asylum if they ever manage to get ashore.
Once again, mass insanity is the only possible explanation for all this nonsense.
Previous posts about the Somali pirates:
Hat tip: LN.