Newsweek, Pirates and the French Connection

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Newsweek loves France. I’m not sure why, by the it does. The French can do no wrong when it comes to Newsweek staffers, even when the French are resorting to the kind of thing that would make Chuck Norris and John Wayne jealous– like hunting pirates.

Newsweek hates Chuck Norris and John Wayne.

According to Chris Dickey of Newsweek, we can learn something from the French when it comes to Hobbesian reprisal.

This of course seems to be another way of critisizing America, even when the French are resorting to violence to stop violence.

The article does contain some ridiculous statements, such as :

Gunplay on boats filled with volatile chemicals could lead to disastrous explosions. Vessels could be sunk. The mostly untrained men and women aboard could be slaughtered.  Losses and liabilities could multiply astronomically.

You’d think this were another installment of the Die Hard line of movies. And the pirates don’t exactly rate as well trained.

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4 thoughts on “Newsweek, Pirates and the French Connection

    kernunos said:
    April 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    ‘News-weak’ makes it sound like we are fighting the Russian Navy if we arm our merchant marines. Dangerous chemical fumes? Please! Are they just vented to the atmosphere on these boats. I would like a nice full auto combat shotgun. Now that would be a good boat gun.

    magus71 responded:
    April 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I’d say let the pirates have the ships with “volatile chemicals”. Then hit it with a Tomahawk cruise missile.

    Amos Volante said:
    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I would reserve the Tomahawk for real targets.

    We can always send in the Dukes of Hazzard, the mall security guard, and your local high school cheerleading team to fight the pirates.

    Oh, no, losses and liability… That would be a very liberal concern. Being in International waters why not just kill pirates? Might they sue…?

    Oh, they might escalate the violence…

    kernunos said:
    April 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Just a little pic to cheer you all up.

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