Brit Navy Steamrolls

SOME SOMALI PIRATES in a … a dinghy. A Sunfish. (That’s a surfboard with a sail, for those of you in Rio Linda.) Wheeee!

I’m sorry. Can somebody ‘splain to me what’s the problems with arming merchantment? Is this just more leftist feckwittery, or is there some substantive reason?

The ruling classes don’t trust sailors to exercise self-discipline?

Oh! Oh! OK. So it’s not OK for a merchant seaman to be armed with an M16, but a 50,000-ton oil tanker — that’s OK?

Reminds me of an exchange in a later season of Buffy. The Scoobies are in an RV being chased by a horde of fanatical crusader-types (you hadda been there). Giles is driving and he asks, “Does anybody have a weapon? Did anyone think to bring a weapon?”

And Spike, sprawled on a banquette, drawls, “Ai! You’re drivin’ one!”

The idiocy of forbidding ships and crews the means of self-defense from predators is… just… mind-blowing.

So there must be something I’m missing.

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