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Monday, April 13, 2009

Somali Pirates Fnord

I noticed some interesting evil fnords regarding the Somali pirate incident, and accompanying mainstream media hype.

It's wrong to violently seize trading ships. It's morally acceptable to hire police to patrol the waters. However, it's immoral to impose the cost on me via taxes. The cost of police should be paid by the shipping companies, added on to the price, rather than paid by the State.

Also notice that if the State does a bad job preventing piracy, that's just too bad. You have no choice but to purchase police and defense from the State.

It's nice that the US military was able to recover the captain who was held prisoner by the pirates. Free market police might have successfully prevented the incident in the first place. You'll never know, via the "seen vs. unseen" fallacy. The US military did a competent job of recovering the prisoner. They don't get blamed for allowing the incident to occur in the first place. The US military has no positive obligation to protect you, although they do the best they can.

The Somali pirates have been a problem for many years. The mainstream media is introducing and hyping them as a new and powerful enemy.

This way, Obama can end the war in Iraq while simultaneously starting another war! Obama can pull troops out of Iraq, and deploy them to combat the Somalia piracy problem!

There was change! We're at war with Somali pirates now! That's the big issue! This is a new enemy! Who cares about Iraq and Afghanistan?

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