From: Ankara - Turkey
Shooting those terrorists on the first sight??? First, there is a right & ethical way to treat suspects, even if they are terrorists; and that is the point which differentiates terrorism and wrong-politics from the right one. And second, apparently, in the mind of many people in the ‘West’, any criminal can be regarded as a terrorist, supposed that he is a muslim. May I remind you that these pirates do not mostly kill people on those ships. In essence, their crime is little more than an organised theft. So, I wonder what makes them terrorists, and what differentiates them from, say the French mafia in Marseilles, which kills, and thefts, and smuggles? Is it their religion?
About caricaturising Somalians as blood-drinking primitives, well I do not see necessary to write anything on that. Actually, I have never been at Somalie. But I have read the writings of numerous Western travellers/researches who wrote like 1700s and 1800s. They were telling similar stories about Indians, Africans, Asians, and nearly all the people except their own ‘civilised’ ones. So I know how a biased-eye can transform the reality. Thankfully, we, the people of the 21st century, know the meanings of the words like “orientalism” and “ethnocentrism”. Google them, no society is as primitive as you might think.
And lastly, these people are surely criminals against who some kind of international law should be developed. But again, this does not make them "blood-thirsty criminal terrorists". Their crimes, as any other crime, do have some social basis. And even, some of these pirates are people who intend to defend their own natural resources, or do these crimes as a response. If you have a little time to pause on arguing on the subject, and read on it, please See this one: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-you-are-being-lied-to-about-pirates-1225817.html
As you see, this problem is not as simple and straightforward as it seems. And the responsibility of these crimes are not entirely on these guys, there is something called Social Criminology. Oh, having talked about the causes of organised crimes, I can also tell you a nice story about a long bearded Frankenstein whose fundamentalist-extremist views were once supported by a country which supposedly favour freedom. But that can be too much for here; it is better to let people think with their simple scheme of good guys fighting the bad guys...
< Message edited by dogancan -- 3/10/2009 7:52:42 PM >