Sunday, April 12, 2009

Casus fortuitus non est spectandus; et nemo tenetur divinare

Just wondering how long it will take some Spanish judge or perhaps the International Criminal Court in the Hague to issue an arrest warrant for Barrak Obama for authorizing lethal force to free Richard Phillips, the skipper of the Maersk Alabama, from Somali pirates. One can only hope the U.S. Navy can conceal the identities of the Navy Seals who killed these pirates otherwise they could face arrest outside the United States.
As for the 16 year old pirate the U.S.N. managed to take alive, he will soon become the next Omar Khadr. Network talking heads will no doubt argue that prosecuting this young man will encourage even more young men from Somalia will enter the pirate trade and Democratic Party Congressmen will rise to intone that America is not living up to it's highest ideals by being punitive. Had he been captured by the British Royal Navy he could have claimed political asylum under the European Human Rights Act and lived a life of leisure at British taxpayer expense for the rest of his life. If he is smart he will give U.S. intelligence agencies information on Somali pirate operations and disappear into witness protection on U.S. taxpayer tab.

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