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German Navy captures six Somali pirates.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7799796.stm

Six Somali pirates were captured by sailors of the frigate Karlsruhe in the Gulf of Aden.

However, the pirates were immediately released on the orders of the German government, officials told the BBC.
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Agreed. Hooray on the capture of the pirates and a big Boo to the release of them. Big deal, they had their weapons confiscated. Guns are a dime a dozen there. When is the German government going to grow a real set of balls in the fight against terrorism. Disgusting!!!! What will it take? A mass slaughter of innocent sailors at sea? I doubt that would even motivate them.
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When is the German government going to grow a real set of balls in the fight against terrorism. Disgusting!!!!:
Never, and it's too bad. I remember a long time US Army WO4 telling me about 15 years ago that the Germans were still the best tankers in the world. I doubt if that's still the case. I don't understand how such a militaristic nation has sunk to the level it has...
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I don't understand how such a militaristic nation has sunk to the level it has
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There are many, very, very good reasons why the "militaristic nation" is no longer what it was.
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just wait a bit

Just wait. The Karlesruhe is only authorized to bring pirates back to Germany to stand trial if they harass German interests - they were ordered to release them because it was an Egyptian ship that was attacked, and so Germany has no legal jurisdiction.

Britain has been handing captured pirates over to Kenya, who simply releases them, and I don't see the US capturing any pirates and trying them, either. The Germans should be congratulated for using rules of engagement that empowers their ships to capture and try pirates at all. Way to step up to the plate, I think.
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<snip> they were ordered to release them because it was an Egyptian ship that was attacked, and so Germany has no legal jurisdiction.
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<snip>When is the German government going to grow a real set of balls in the fight against terrorism. Disgusting!!!!
One have to choose between balls and rules ... IMHO I share the German gov point of view.

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BBC World News.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7799796.stm

Six Somali pirates were captured by sailors of the frigate Karlsruhe in the Gulf of Aden.

However, the pirates were immediately released on the orders of the German government, officials told the BBC.
Good job, Germany.
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I think the German Navy missed a golden opportunity here. The first thing they should have done is sink the vessel the Pirates were in. On being informed they had to let the Pirates go, they should have let them swim for shore. "Fishermen" offshore firing and boarding ships do not need vessels to get back to shore.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7799796.stm

Six Somali pirates were captured by sailors of the frigate Karlsruhe in the Gulf of Aden.

However, the pirates were immediately released on the orders of the German government, officials told the BBC.
Hesuss Christusss......what a thought.... the Germans letting go probable Muslims pirates....no concern fer pirates of any ilk....or is that land still to worried about oil and gas and internal Muslim civil unrest...now that the Baltic coast is secure.

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I choose the least expensive action -

I'd even name the campaign 'Feed the Fish'.

These pirates are laughing at the world. It's like a gang in East L.A. kidnapping, committing extortion, putting lives at great harm, perhaps committing murder and on and on and all the police do is pick them up, share a laugh, maybe even go out for a burger or pizza and then give them a ride home. While saying goodnight, they could add 'don't do that again' and the gang member just smiles and says see you soon. It is all too stupid to even consider!
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