the Wars of Escalation.
CAPT. Phillips has been rescued from Somali Pirates. Great news. All over the interwebs it is, so I’ll save any “Hooyah” congratulatory posts for those who have already done so.
But there are some real questions I have about the entire incident.
First, are we ready for what’s bound to come of this??
The pirates told a Somali journalist that they were angered by the U.S. action, as well as a French raid Friday that killed two pirates and one hostage and freed four hostages.
“We have decided to kill U.S. and French sailors if they happen to be among our future hostages,” said Abdullahi Ahmed, a member of a pirate group based at Harardhere, a coastal town in central Somalia.
Granted, most of my logic throws this in with pretty much anything North Korea proclaims. But I take pause when I remember this is Somalia, and these guys really have nothing to lose. Plus, there’s the issue of precedence. None of the pirates had been killed before. Now France and American both have killed them in the process of thwarting piracy.
The precedent has been set, so now what other countries will begin using deadly force to combat piracy? Personally, I hope all of them. But then, are we, as a nation and as a global community, ready to accept the inevitable escalation of violence that will accompany this? After all, this is a region of the world where power, and the ability to exercise it, is king. He with the biggest guns wins and all. Now, in order to maintain control over his people, the leader of pirates must show he is not weak in front of those he would lead. I see where it’s going, but does the world? Moreover, are they ready to accept what must be done?
My guess is, probably not. My example is the fact that 4 guys in a lifeboat were able to keep a US Destroyer pretty much powerless for 5 days. How much United States Naval power followed four guys in a lifeboat with a hostage and did nothing but watch?
Don’t get me wrong, I love the SEALs. Those guys kick more ass than I will ever see in a lifetime. But all we’ve done is confirm our recruiting ads. The Navy apparently exists to support the SEALs. They’re the only ones doing stuff, according to our recruiting ads (unless you’re a sweet F-18 pilot) and this recent incident proved it. Big ass warship follows a lifeboat around the coast until the SEALs can show up and handle it (with approval from POTUS himself). Thanks, bro.
So now the discussions will begin about Kaplan’s “Elegant Decline” of the US Navy, where we prove ourselves irrelevant by being held at bay by four underfed guys with AK-47’s, or even better the discussion in Congress about spending too much money on ships that can’t handle the problems we’re faced with.
Again, I’m proud of the SEALs. Great job on their part. Glad the CAPT is returned with no problems. But the second and third order effects of this little endeavour are going to be much further reaching then I suspect many are ready for.