“From now on, if we capture foreign ships and their respective countries try to attack us, we will kill them (the hostages),” Jamac Habeb, a 30-year-old pirate, told the Associated Press from one of Somalia’s piracy hubs, Eyl. “(U.S. forces have) become our No. 1 enemy.”
I take this to mean that any act of piracy can be considered to put the crew into immediate imminent danger of being killed. Therefore pirates are all legit targets immediately. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
No more waiting around for the pirates to escalate things. They’re claiming that they’ve already escalated.
A lot is being made about Obama manning up and doing the right thing here, even though it was about as total a no-brainer as you could concoct. Let’s hope he really does man up and actually addresses this with policy.