April 27, 2009, - 11:12 am

Wanna Thwart Somali Islamic Terrorist “Pirates”? Hire Israelis

By Debbie Schlussel
Despite Israel’s waning economy–which, like the rest of the world, is in the doldrums–Israelis, this weekend, showed why they are very employable and desirable, at least to those on the high seas.

The captain of an Italian cruise ship with 1,527 people on board described yesterday how his ship fought a running battle with pirates.
Commander Ciro Pinto of the MSC Melody, carrying 991 passengers and 536 crew, said the ship was left with smashed windows and bullet holes on its port side after six pirates trying to board the vessel fired at least 200 rounds with assault rifles from their dinghy.
Israeli security guards on the ship responded by firing pistols into the air and spraying them with a firehose.

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Israeli Security Guards Defend Italian Cruise Ship

from Islamic Terrorists/”Somalian Pirates”

“They started firing like crazy at the ship,” Commander Pinto said of the attackers, who struck in international waters 200 miles north of Victoria in the Seychelles and 600 miles off the Somali coast.
No passengers were injured but there were reports that some attempted to repel the pirates by hurling chairs overboard at the dinghy, before being ordered below decks by the captain. . . .
Some cruise lines refuse to equip guards with small arms because it is forbidden in some of the ports where they dock. However, industry sources said guards were often used “discreetly” and cruise line security work was popular with young Israelis who had recently completed army service.
Domenico Pellegrino, the managing director of MSC, confirmed that the ship was protected by Israeli security guards. “We use them because they are the best – and we have just had a demonstration of that,” he said.

Yes, they are the best. And maybe some day, we will take advice from “the best” on how to do airport screening, instead of the dumb “search granny” and “no liquids over 3 ounces” BS that we do here. The Israelis look at people (ie., Muslims and Arabs and their buddies), not objects.

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12 Responses

Oh Debbie, Debbie, Debbie…. you’re HOT when you talk like that! I know I’d feel better on a cruise ship if Security Officer Schlussel was there, aremed to the hilt!

Skiito on April 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Firing pistols into the air?!?!?!?!
Bah!
How about carrying automatic weapons and blowing their brains out or at least firing a few magazines into their rinky-dinky boat’s flooring, so that the pirates can bale all the way back to Somalia?!
Bah!

Shy Guy on April 27, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I remember when I was at McCarran at Las Vegas three winters ago, the security idiots forced me to submit to a second search even though I was transferring between flights from the originating airport and I had undergone a search there. That comes with the PC American security check. I prefer how the Israelis handle the affair and they save lives! We could stand to learn from them on how to fight terrorism instead of inconveniencing Americans to save face for Ahmed and Salim – the latter being an Israeli version of South Park!

NormanF on April 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Let’s not forget that the Italians learned their lesson the hard way: the Achille Lauro hijacking. Israeli security guards aren’t merely “the best”. They’re also properly motivated.
At least the Italians learned.

There is NO Santa Claus on April 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm

So firing guns in the air, and fire hoses are what you are supposed to do when bad guys shoot guns at the ship you are in? Sounds like some PC B.S. to me. Now those pirates get to try their luck again on somebody else. Not good. Maybe the rules of engagement need to be worked on.
We should be bombing bases of those guys. Maybe after 2012.

samurai on April 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I am glad the Israelis stopped the pirate hijacking—but I agree with samurai and Shy Guy–Why not fire the rounds into the bastards’ dinghy?–(and maybe into their dingers too).
Sinking the scum to the bottom would have been the best news of all. Still, just stopping them with force is far better than other outcomes with these pirates, lately.

BB on April 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Yay Israel

mindy1 on April 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Exactly. Send them to Davey Jones’ locker once and for all so they don’t live to pirate or breed again.
And Israeli airport screening is simple yet brilliant. If this country wasn’t run by ethically and morally impaired lawyers, we’d be doing the same thing here. It’s an urban myth but I actually saw security at McCarran coincidentally stand a crippled 80-90 year old so they could turn her wheelchair upside down.
I caused a beef at Midway when they made me take off a small “fashion” blazer under which I was wearing next to nothing while in the line adjacent an Indian/Pakistani woman was wearing a sari and a voluminous pashmina that could have hidden a double-barreled shotgun. Nothing changed but I at least caused extreme discomfort to everyone involved for a good three or four minutes – an eternity in real time. My appearance telegraphs an aloof professional so outbursts cause considerable surprise and consternation.
Sorry for the hi-jacking. I resent how airport security and flight reductions have changed the way one must conduct business these days.

iowavette on April 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Debbie, I went to Israel a long time ago. The El-Al guy who questioned me told me that I seemed like the type who could easily be used. I’m still miffed over that one.

Anonymous1 on April 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm

They are the best of the best.

Daniel on April 28, 2009 at 12:05 am

Shoot the gas tank or the engine.
Otherwise spray ‘em with hot bacon grease.

timjansing on April 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

If I was running security, the officers would have man pads and assault rifles with grenade launchers to shoot at the terrorists trying to pirate a ship.
They would be free to return fire to eliminate the threat not scare them away. India has standing orders to sink the pirates that threaten their vessels and they chase them back to port if necessary.
Sooner than later they are going to get a cruise ship and hold thousands of people hostage demanding money or they will be killed.
IMHO-The shipping companies are at fault for paying ransom to these terrorists when they should go in with mercenaries and kill them all. They have made being a pirate a successful endeavor relatively risk free until recently.

ScottyDog on April 29, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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