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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Monday, November 07, 2005

Attack on Cruise Liner: Piracy or Anti-US Terror?
– Gunmen who attacked a luxury cruise liner off the east coast of Africa may have been terrorists targeting Americans and other Westerners rather than pirates, the Australian government said Monday...


  • I think it is irresponsible and discriminatory to label these underprivileged youngsters as "gunmen." Out of work, without the educational and other advantages of the rich tourists aboard the cruise ship, the desperate tykes are reduced to using RPGs and assault rifles to attract attention to their plight.

    Instead of violence, we should respond with understanding and open arms to win the hearts and minds of the ocean-going homeless. It is precisely actions like those taken by the heartless ship's captain which create a feeling of hopelessness among the world's heavily armed maritime youth.

    By Blogger Wayne, at 7:16 PM  

  • Wish we could get a report on how well the sonic weapon worked.

    Ship Blasted Pirates With Sonic Weapon
    By JOHN PAIN, AP Business Writer
    5 hours ago

    MIAMI - The crew of a luxury cruise ship used a sonic weapon that blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam while being attacked by a gang of pirates off Africa this weekend, the cruise line said Monday.

    The Seabourn Spirit had a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, installed as a part of its defense systems, said Bruce Good, a spokesman for Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line. The Spirit was about 100 miles off Somalia when pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns as they tried to get onboard.

    The subsidiary of Carnival Corp. was investigating whether the weapon was successful in warding off the pirates, he said. The ship's captain also changed its course, shifted into high speed and headed out into the open sea to elude the pirates, who were in two small boats, he said. He had no further details.

    By Blogger ablur, at 11:50 PM  

  • Now, now, Flex Blue. If I did not know any better, I'd say you were displaying sarcasm. ;)

    By Blogger HeavyHanded, at 9:16 AM  

  • Ablur, I read somewhere that these sonic devices have been installed on some cruise liners since 2003.

    But to my knowledge, the first time it has been put to use.

    Maybe in the days ahead, the captain will be more forth coming and give us some more details and give his opinion on their effectiveness.

    I wonder how easy (or hard) it will be for future "heavily armed maritime" yutes to come up with ways to counter the sonic noise device.

    By Blogger HeavyHanded, at 9:23 AM  

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