Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dismissing Real Piracy

Pirates of bygone eras are often viewed as lovable, fun-loving rogues like the party-goers in the above picture.  In fact, such "pirates" make a regular appearance during Puget Sound's SeaFair Festival:

Unfortunately, the reality of piracty--then and now--is much different, as pictured below.

A Virginia judge threw out the case against 6 Somali pirates accused of attacking a US warship.  His justification? 

The judge, in an unprecedented decision, held that attempted piracy is not itself part of the international law definition of piracy.

The Maritime Executive has the full story:

What these "lovable rogues" deserve is this:

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