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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by edesignuk, Oct 7, 2009.
Smart move fellas
Those ships traveling in the region should fight back. Just run over the tiny little pirate boats or just have security forces on boat.
Haha. They think if they toss the guns there won't be any evidence of their crimes.
Ha, thanks for brightening up my day.
No mulligans for pirates!
It wasn't in error. They thought the French would surrender
The first suggestion (overrun) is rather difficult in practice. The "skiffs" the pirates use are small craft that are much more nimble than the larger ships being attacked.
The second in many cases would be a violation of international law. Merchant ships are not allowed to have firearms in international waters. Why? As was once said somewhere on these forums a while back: Imagine if you had a whole bunch of foreign merchant ships in YOUR port city, all of them armed. The pirates are, of course, exploiting this prohibition to their advantage.
That would leave you with the choice of "unarmed" security. Better hope it's MacGyver.
Hahaha +1 for Frenchies! ARGGGG!
Maybe this would help. Laser in the sky:
Or they can just make a very large water cannon to sink the little pirate boats.
I wish that after capturing any vessel they would sink it out to see or "break" it such that the pirates would not be able to reuse it.
What I don't get is how so many escaped. It should have read remains of five pirates fished from the sea after all attacking vessels being blown to kingdom come by French destroyer's bombardment.
That's what I would think they would do.
All I can think of is Groundskeeper Willie on the Simpsons teaching French, "Bonjourrrrrrrrr, yah cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys!"
Wouldn't bother me it used to be that all merchant vessels were armed some could even defeat small military ships. Just keep the firearms on board when in a country that does not allow you to keep them on your person.
Sailin' the ocean blue in their itty-bitty little boat,
the pirates made a teeny tiny little error,
tried to attack the French Navy then quickly away they float,
having realized their goof and now living in terror.
I suck at writing poetry but I had fun writing this one. Haiku, anyone? (I leave haikus, sonnets, and cinquains to the experts, though!)
I imagine the raid went something like this:
Pirate: Can we come aboard?
French sailor: Of course not. You're pirate types.
Pirate: What are you then?
French sailor: I'm French. Why do you think I have this outrageous accent, you silly pirate?
Pirate: If you will not invite us, we shall board your ship by force!
French sailor: You don't frighten us, pirate pig-dogs! Go and boil your bottoms, son of a silly person! I don' wanna talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food-trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!
Pirate: Is there someone else over there we can talk to?
French sailor: No!! Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!
Somalis in skiffs
French gunboat diplomacy
Hey, were did you get the tape recording?
I can imagine them attacking the boat after their rally cry only to be changed to cries of "****, ****, ****!"
I am really curious why you Yanks hate the French so much?
If it weren't for them you'd probably have lost the Wars of Independence, you know 1781 and all that…
Maybe they* don't like anyone who can equal the stereotypical american arrogance.
*I say "they" because even though I'm american, I don't hate the french at all.
Most people in the U.S. don't hate the French. Actually most people probably cannot find France on a map.
It's a joke / stereotype. Sort of like PowerBook G5.
I won't equate joking with arrogance though.
I've got nothing against the French, it was just a joke, that's all.
They just forgot to bring their light sabre...
I'd say most of any American bias towards the French is leftover from the countries English origins. Though most do not care about France one way or the other rather just find the jokes funny.
Though some Americans do not like France because it seems the French hate us. Which makes no sense as we have never gone to war against France, saved their butts in two World Wars, payed for a great deal of the reconstruction after WWII and spent untold billions acting as the defensive shield for Western Europe against the Soviet Union and still act as the main military defense against any potential aggressor. Is all the animosity because California ranks the top wine producer and New York took fashion from Paris. Though I did a quick Google search and found Milan took the fashion crown from New York.
Though I found this blurb that seems to explain why France hates the US.
Though I doubt most French hate Americans or vice versa. More of a disagreement over policies. If you google "french hate us" it seems every English speaking country feels as though the they are hated by the French.