A couple of quick notes on our pirate policy . . .
Beldar contends that the U.S. could have sought the death penalty for the surviving pirate, but chose not to.
Our policy may, in fact, have fulfilled his lifelong dream:
A crewman from the Maersk Alabama says the sole surviving pirate — who now faces charges in the U.S. — seemed happy that he’d raided an American vessel.
The crewman — “Zahid” Reza — says Abdiwali Muse told him it was his dream to come to the USA.
Finally, one of my readers asks whether I really want the United States to become a country that practices summary execution.
I would note that piracy was developed not too long after man invented boats, and it was a regular scourge of the seas until the Brits and other great naval powers of the past utilized summary execution as their response. The pirate threat of the past was literally “killed off.” If we’ve decided that summary execution is not a valid response to any threat, even piracy, that’s fine, but we ought to realize we’re looking for a replacement for the only response that has worked in the past.