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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Mind-boggling news of the morning: Pirates can claim UK asylum

What in the world is wrong with Britain?

Pirates can claim UK asylum
THE Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high seas, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights.

Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia, have been warned that there is also a risk that captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain.

The Foreign Office has advised that pirates sent back to Somalia could have their human rights breached because, under Islamic law, they face beheading for murder or having a hand chopped off for theft.
Rather than allow the pirates to accept the consequences of their actions, the British government decides to accommodate criminals while discrediting their own armed forces. What a disgrace.

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At 10:18 AM, Blogger SC&A said...

I'm all for pirates claiming asylum.

If they can make it through the rainstorm of bullets and missiles, they ought to be allowed asylum in one of the outer Falkland islands.

Or France.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

That I can live with, Siggy...

At 1:08 PM, Blogger CW said...

If the Royal Navy cannot detain pirates, may they execute them on the spot?


At 3:25 PM, Blogger Anthony (Los Angeles) said...

This isn't surprising, though it is sad. Labour has been busy dismantling the Royal Navy (and the UK military, overall) to pay for their social programs since Blair took office. Recently, some British generals threatened to resign unless Gordon Brown restored some of the money cut in the latest budget. By 2035, if I recall right, the Royal Navy will be the smallest it's been in the 16th century, smaller than the Belgian or Turkish navies.

Churchill and Nelson weep with shame.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Anthony (Los Angeles) said...

Something I forgot to mention: Piracy is a crime under international law, and all nations are obliged to fight it. So, the Foreign Ministry is telling the Royal Navy that Britain will not live up to its obligations?

At 4:24 PM, Blogger joated said...

I personally endorse CWs solution. Stop fiddling around withthe scum and send them to Davy Jones, arrrgh! Dead men can't tell tales, claim assylum or press charges in court.

At 5:19 PM, Blogger Teresa said...

Anyone have any guesses on how many Royal Navy must die before the Foreign Office decides that "maybe" they made a mistake? Or will the FO decide that any deaths are due to the RN not being sufficiently accommodating enough.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

Teresa, judging from the way the British government has been cutting military budgets, I have to assume the question has never entered their mind.

Either that, or they simply don't care about how much they are endangering the men.


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