Great post. It's nice to read a reasoned, rational, realistic response to this issue.
Welcome to Sailnet.
Honestly, not only is it good to see another Aussie, it is good to see another (rare) rational post on the subject where the general contribution reminds me of an eighties action flic - as much guns & masochismo as fantasy.
The US is not going to invade (or "glass") Somalia. Currently it is a criminal problem (as opposed to a political one) that rarely makes the six o'clock news - it is simply cheaper for them to mostly ignore it. And any country that decides to board and/or confiscate weapons from boats simply because they reason they must be pirates
, are themselves engaging in piracy according to international law.
Just as Axel Foley would be brought up on charges of manslaughter (int he very least), so too would boats enacting what people are advocating for here be brought up on charges of piracy.
Damn it, I finally got motivated enough to comment in this thread. I was trying to avoid it