Somali pirates cause untold costs to international shipping. And they divert strategic resources from other regions to police them. Or, I suppose they assure us in the Navy assets (to fight the scourge), so should we thank them?
If you remember, Jean and Scott Adam, as well as Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay, were fatally shot by hijackers in February 2011 after their yacht Quest was hijacked. And one of the hijackers was just sentenced:
A Somali man has received a life sentence for his role in the hijacking of an American yacht.
A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., sentenced Said Abdi Fooley on Friday. He had pleaded guilty to piracy, which carries a mandatory life term.
U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith recommended the Bureau of Prisons consider Fooley’s language barrier when placing him so that he can further his education.
Can further his education? Are you kidding me? Line him up against the wall. Four people died due to him and his friends. Yes, he may not have pulled the trigger. But he contributed to the hijacking.
In an seemingly unrelated story, people wonder why us military guys get grumpy:
A new study appears to support what recruiters have known for years: Military service transforms people.
But for friends, family and future co-workers of recruits, the transformation may not be for the better.
The study from Washington University in St. Louis found that military service — combat excluded — seems to make men less “agreeable.” And the effects appear to linger long after troops hang up their uniforms.
The new study, “Military Training and Personality Trait Development: Does the Military Make the Man or Does the Man Make the Military?” was published in the journal Psychological Science.
You know why we’re grumpy? Y’all keep hookin’ up pirates. Line ’em against a wall. Make an example. One bullet versus a lifetime of costs. Food, housing, clothes, and education. Or one $0.25 bullet. Your choice.