The captain of the merchant ship captured by pirates off Somalia has been freed. Navy sharpshooters (apparently SEALS) took out 3 of the 4 pirates, who had been aiming their weapons at the captain. He has given all credit to the US Navy, but as the president of the shipping company stated, Captain Richard Phillips exemplified some of the best traditions of the merchant marine.
12 April 2009
There seems to be great uncertainty regarding how to legally react to modern piracy. These would be my rules:
Board a ship that doesn't belong to you, attempt any theft, detention, or seizure of property or personnel, especially as part of a group not sanctioned by any recognized state, and you forfeit your life.