We resume the piracy review with Chapter 2 and Alice. Maritima is becoming curiouser and curiouser down the piracy rabbit hole. Two emotional and political — in reality, no different — fears are acted out by governments and lobbyists in the small arms/armed guards debate.
One side is reflexively anti-cowboy. The other side is not necessarily procowboy. It says the fear of imputed pirates can be overcome with the carriage of armed guards who are inexpensive, effective, pragmatic and sensible. Pirates thus can be suppressed or extirpated. We note the laser-blasting loud-noise waterjet magic box technology is not working too well on those self-styled Somali Robin Hood armed robbers. A mere €500,000 a ship, please. With the charter rates today?
Long-suffering readers will recall from previous pontifications: guards are good — if we have the will to give the gunslingers and buckaroos some backing in law. They deserve it. More interesting is a gem for the shipping desk-chair etymologist. ‘Extirpate’ is a wondrous word indeed. This is not a Caterpillar word but is defined in one dictionary as to pull up by the roots, to destroy totally; exterminate. It is wholly apposite to the human vermin pirating our ships. We do not hang the pest controlman dowe?
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