How do we bring back our countrymen

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  1. utubekhiladi

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    At 2 am on January 25 this year, a small team of US Navy SEALS slipped into water and entering the Somali pirates’ heartland, headed towards a boat on which two American aid workers were being held as hostages.

    They quickly neutralised the pirates and rescued the Americans and their Danish colleague. A few months later South Korean special forces launched a similar operation and rescued their citizens from pirates.

    But when it comes to the Indians languishing as hostages for over two years, New Delhi has failed to take any action, be it diplomatic or military. While India has been discussing the issue with major nations and regularly patrolling the seas, it has failed to move forward when it comes to getting the hostages freed.

    New Delhi believes that only the ship owners can act. But since the owners have disappeared, there is little hope for the hostages.

    However, former navy chief Admiral Sushil Kumar (retd) feels a proactive measure in coordination with other maritime nations having similar interests will be a credible initiative. The Indian Navy’s Marine Commando Force (MARCOS) operate like America’s SEALS and could be pressed into service with their foreign counterparts, he feels.

    “We can hope for success because pirates, unlike terrorists, are not interested in a glorified death. All they want is money and that makes them a pro-active target. A good decision, firm will, and robust action is required and the Indian navy has highly skilled and motivated naval special forces,” says Kumar.

    “People fear carrying out such operations due to diplomatic surges. Piracy is a scourge, but if you carry out such a mission, the international community will applaud you,” Kumar says.

    A former foreign secretary, who did not wish to be identified, feels differently. He said, “Military option may not be feasible. In case there is a loss of life, who will take the responsibility?” Another former foreign secretary also feels that exchanging Somali pirates currently in Indian jails for the hostages would be a better option.

    Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney believes the government’s diplomatic initiatives coupled with efforts by human rights organizations is likely to bear fruit. “It is the responsibility of the government to trace the Dubai based owner of the ship. Once the owner comes to the fore, we can go ahead with the process of collecting humanitarian aid.”

    Burney feels “it is also important the navy helps us locate the exact position of the ship. Once this is established, we can go ahead. I am ready to do whatever I can,” he told DNA. With the Indian government maintaining a stoic silence, Burney and his ilk offer a sliver of hope for the forgotten Indians languishing on an island off the Somali coast for over two years.

    How do we bring back our countrymen - India - DNA
     
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    ^ every hijack case is unique and cant be clubbed together and discussed.

    military assault to rescue hostages must be the last option.

    if pirate's back is to be broken then london, were most of the ransom is exchanged should be the place which needs to crackdown on such activities

    and why is the reporter bringing in pakistanis to discuss indian hostage issue when its known somali pirates maybe getting pakistani help

    Pak nationals may be training Somali pirates
     
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    The somali pirates have paki backing ,probably ISI trained with support from chicoms!!!!
     
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    utubekhiladi The Preacher Elite Member

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    somali's poverty is not our problem. if somalians mess with Indian flag ships then their ass will get whopped. :whip:
     
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    That's not our problem. Indian Navy has been very kind to them. They were confiscating thier weapons, and then giving them food and water and sending them away. Now look, what we get back in return. Be kind, and be taken for granted. Enough of this kid-glovey treatment. Bomb the devil out of those coastal villages.
     
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    ^ after villages have been bombed will pirate raids stop? my guess is no. they will move base and start their criminal enterprise again
     
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    we will also update our modus operandi accordingly :whip:
     
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    bullets and bombs cant solve a socio-economic malady, we need to develop a strategy which reduces piracy and protects sailors without turning this into a mini-war
     
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    We all have our opinions. One can sympathize with the poor and hungry, and should help them; but then the alibi of poverty and hunger goes for a toss for those that can afford AK-47s, RPGs, high-speed boats, fuel, etc.. :)
     
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    as long as there is sun and moon, piracy will be there in ocean. today Somalians are pirates and tomorrow somebody else will become pirates. we cannot fix all socio-economic problems in the world. so, why not protect our ships and keep doing what we are doing right now. even if it means ass whopping pirates :whip: no matter how bad somalians problems are, it gives them no rights and excuses to kidnap and steal from sailors who work their ass off to feed his family.

    lets lock and secure our own house first instead of worrying about thief's personal and economic problems.
     
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