Thursday, November 20, 2008
Show the Pirates the Business End of an M-107
It's hard to believe a few lightly armed outcasts in decrepit Boston Whalers and homemade fiberglass skiffs can take a super tanker and its crew hostage and get away with it. But that's exactly what happened, and it will continue to happen as long as the industry anchors itself in the lee of "reasonable force" and "insurance fears".
Every ship or large yacht transiting the east coast of Africa should have a pair of Barrett M-107 50 caliber sniper rifles and a trained crew willing and able to use them. A couple of speedboats with a dozen or more pirates wouldn't get within half a mile of a ship carrying these.