From the lunatic asylum that is now Britain, comes another bit of news that’ll make any sane soul groan and clutch their head in despair.
The Royal Navy, once a force to be reckoned with, has now been advised by the Foreign Office NOT to detain pirates – as doing so may breach their human rights.
Am I the only one now ready to scrreeeammmm with sheer frustration?
There’s more: warships patrolling the waters off Somalia have been told there is also a danger that any captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain.
Well, I mean why on earth not?! After all, we already provide a nice safe haven for members of Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir, an organisation so dangerous it has been banned in many Arab countries. Plus we’re already home sweet home for a number of Islamic hate preachers who spend their waking hours gleefully teaching The Joys Of Jihad in Mosques across the UK. So why not chuck a few Somalian pirates into the mix?!
And if you’re wondering why the Foreign Office has made this odd declaration, here’s their ‘reasoning’: pirates sent back to Somalia could have their human rights breached because, under Islamic law, they face beheading for murder or having a hand chopped off for theft.
Now call me quirky, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over that.
source of news story: The Times online
Piracy: In 2005 there were almost 40 attacks by pirates and 16 vessels were hijacked and held for ransom. Employing high-tech weaponry, they kill, steal and hold ships’ crews to ransom. This year alone pirates killed three people near the Philippines.
This latest bit of Foreign Office guidance has been condemned by Julian Brazier MP, the Conservative shipping spokesman, who said: “These people commit horrendous offences. The solution is not to turn a blind eye but to turn them over to the local authorities. The convention on human rights quite rightly doesn’t cover the high seas. It’s a pathetic indictment of what our legal system has come to.”
One thing’s for sure: the British Navy is not what it once was. The guidance is the latest blow to the robust image of the navy. Last year 15 of its sailors were taken prisoner by the Iranians and publicly humiliated.
Compare today’s rules with the 19th century, British warships largely eradicated piracy when they policed the oceans. The death penalty for piracy on the high seas remained on the statute books until 1998. Modern piracy ranges from maritime mugging to stealing from merchant ships with the crew held at gunpoint.