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post #4 of Old 06-03-2008
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What an excellent idea. Pirates do it because the money outweighs the risk, and also because they are apparently unburdened by any moral hesitation.

So if the risk/reward equation changes, the pirates will go look for someone else to steal from, or move away, or get actual jobs, or whatever....

There's a reason why pirates traditionally are liable to be tried under the law of any nation that captures them (a "stateless crime")--because no nation likes them, and no nation is willing to own up to their being citizens of that nation.

It's a big, big, problem for both merchant shipping and long-distance recreational cruisers.
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