BBC Story Here.
More from The Independent.
It didn't take long for some people to start whining about fair play. "Oh, the poor, poor pirates. They made a deal with French authorities to accept 2 million in U.S. dollars -- ransom for the safe return of the hostages and the yacht -- and then an hour later the mean, nasty French commandos came in and got rough."
Screw the pirates. And screw the pansy-ass, anti-war, left wing activists who think playing fair with criminals and terrorists is sound international policy. Viv Ala France for talking soft and acting tough.
Speaking of the latter:
French authorities have announced they will be formulating policy changes regarding their military presence and attitude in areas frequented by lawless mariners, including plans to introduce anti-piracy measures to the United Nations Security Council next week. It appears they're prepared to engage in an all out war against banditry on the high seas. Good for them. Good for all of us.
"This phenomenon is increasing, with the pirates becoming ever better equipped and organized," said Jean-David Levitte, chief diplomatic advisor to French President Sarkozy.
"We are confronted by a real, real threat," he said, adding that over the last 10 years 3,200 sailors had been kidnapped by pirates, 500 injured and 160 killed.
I love it that France is planning to lead the war against piracy. And I'm pleased the commando mission was so successful. Let's hope the French don't have to put up with too much fallout in the media, where we're likely to hear an army of left-wing sympathizers call for more understanding and less violence in the world.