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You Attack My Battleship, I Sue

In October 2000, when the USS Cole was attacked, some of us said, “This isn’t an act of terrorism,” as most people were saying. “It’s an act of war.” Was it? Check out the below, rather curious story:

Sailors suffering from injuries incurred 10 years ago in the USS Cole attack are suing Sudan for damages. . . .

Earlier, family members of the 17 sailors killed in the attack won $13 million in damages and interest from Sudan.

Sudan has denied responsibility and refused to pay.

For the rest of the article, go here. What was this, a slip-and-fall outside a restaurant in St. Paul, whose owners should have shoveled the walkway? Maybe I am being completely dense. (Not for the first time, I realize.) But the appropriateness of these lawsuits eludes me. What has the modern world come to? You attack my battleship, or abet those who do, and I sue you? Perhaps an Andy Mac, or a David Rivkin, can enlighten me.

And if the suits are just a matter of, “Throw at them everything you got, in every sphere,” I can understand and endorse that.

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