A US Navy helicopter crew fired on a Somali skiff engaged in piracy, apparently killing all four pirates:
It would appear either that there’s been a very quiet change in the Rules of Engagement regarding piracy, or the crew of the helicopter went a bit off reservation.
But for years, I’ve been saying, we don’t have a piracy problem, we have an ROE problem. Up until very, very recently, piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a relatively risk free enterprise. So many people have been focused on the “international law” problem of what to do with captured pirates that the massive multinational effort to suppress it has accomplished very little.
The irony here is that one of the very first driving forces behind international law was the suppression of piracy. And the universal punishment was death.