January 24, 2006, - 8:36 am

“Pirates” Again?: Sick of Terrorist Euphemisms

By Debbie Schlussel
The Mainstream Media–dominated by liberals and loathe to call a spade a spade–is constantly searching for new euphemisms and epithets for the word “terrorist.”
In early November, we noted a new substitute word for Islamic terrorist: “pirate”.
Apparently, that is now the euphemism of choice when it comes to thuggish Islamic terrorists off the African Coasts, particularly Somalia (the terrorists have ties to Al-Qaeda, which dominates Somali politics–as our troops discovered when they were sent there).
Over the weekend, the U.S. Navy boarded a cargo ship seized by the “pirates”-terrorists. They arrested the suspects, all of whom were Muslim Somalis and from Mogadishu (Remember Al-Qaeda’s “Black Hawk Down”?). They had a cache of arms and attack ships with rocket-propelled grenade launchers used to attack, commandeer, and capture ships.
Red is not blue. And these are NOT swash-buckling pirates. They are ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. “Militants”, “pirates”, whatever. Still waiting for the day that the press calls them what they are.

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It is essential that these criminals be characterized as “pirates” and not as “terrorists”.
Piracy is unique in that, at international law, all states are permitted (indeed required) to take any countermeasures necessary to stop it. These acts are not restricted to territorial waters, but may also be undertaken in international waters. Thus, anti-piracy measures taken on the high seas will always be legal. The law is less clear in respect of anti terrorist measures.
Even if these Somailis are terrorists, they are also meet the definition of “pirates”; it is preferable, therefore, that they be defined as “pirates”.

Blaise on January 24, 2006 at 9:47 am

“…used to attack, commandeer, and capture ships.”
Sounds like the textbook definition of “pirates.” What makes them terrorists? What political acts are they committing?

Otherpop on January 24, 2006 at 10:01 am

SWISHbuckling pirates has always been an Amerikkklan fiction…PIRATES are historically cutthroat CRIMINALS, so the media depiction of the Somali pirates is accurate. But since the jews control the media, WHAT are you bitchin’ about? [BTW, after the final solutionization of the Muslims...WHO do you think is on deck???]

EminemsRevenge on January 24, 2006 at 11:24 am

Leave it to the media to take these Al Qaeda terrorists and conjure up images of the glory days of parrots and wooden legs and eye patches. Well, we should just start calling all Islamic terrorists Somali pirates then.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 24, 2006 at 11:26 am

Pirates are basically the same as terrorists anyhow. It’s not like that term has a good connotation in the real world.

Clompo on January 24, 2006 at 11:29 am

Of course real pirates were and are not glamorous but it’s a form of psychological warfare against America to associate our enemies with something that has a romantic image in our folklore. By the way Eminem’s Revenge, I knew I heard that name Maynard before. aren’t you named after the guy who killed Blackbeard (that cracker devil who killed the poor guy just for keepin’ it real)?

KnightoftheImpaler on January 24, 2006 at 3:37 pm

Pirates were, of course, subject to the death penalty, sometimes applied in rather summary form. There may be some benefits in digging out the old anti-piracy laws and seeing how they could be applied to today’s terrorist threat.
I believe the UK defined slave-trading as piracy, which could provide some interesting precedents in dealing with those who smuggle immigrants, kidnap women for brothels, etc.

photoncourier.blogspot.com on January 24, 2006 at 9:31 pm

Dear Deb,
There were a lot of Arab pirates operating out of ports on the Barbary Coast [North Africa]. They did a lot of terrible things back in the 16th and 17th and 18th centuries, like mass enslavement. In a raid on Reggio di Calabria in southern Italy, they took 17,000 people captive to be sold as slaves. Like today’s Arab terrorists, the Barbary pirates were jihadis. So although some MSM outlets meant to soften the picture of the Somali pirates/jihadis by calling them pirates, if we really know what the Barbary pirates stood for in the old days, then pirate is a pretty severe and deserved name for them. Further, as someone said above, the international law against piracy, which goes way back, is a set of laws already existing in international law that can and should be used against pirates without the need for new agreements with the Arab pirate states [terrorist states] or with the EU friends of terrorism.

Eliyahu on January 25, 2006 at 9:31 am

That’s right, I’d forgotten all about the Barbary pirates. They had the entire Mediterranian Sea under siege for a time. Probably the most vicious people ever to terrorize the seas, they made the pirates of the Carribean look like angels. And those enslaved and forcibly converted to Islam by them would become pirates themselves, similar to the janissary foot soldiers. The Knights of Malta bravely stood up to them and held them back when their island was held under siege. When they weren’t engaging them in battle the Knights were a constant thorn in their side, and while they have been attacked by some politically correct historians as pirates themselves, they did the people of Southern Europe a great service by cutting into the Barbary pirates’ business as well as fighting them. That’s what you do, you loot the looter.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 25, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Funny that, in defining these jihadis as pirates, they make it clear exactly how all terrorists must be regarded under international law, and how the US and other civilized nations must deal with them.
I wrote on this in June of 2005.
http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/098950.php
I was commenting on this article.
http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/July-August-2005/feature_burgess_julaug05.msp

Rhymes With Right on January 29, 2006 at 4:29 pm

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