SOLO-International Press Release: Welcome Back, Captain Phillips; Welcome Back, America!

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2009-04-13 00:39

SOLO-International Press Release: Welcome Back, Captain Phillips; Welcome Back, America!
April 13, 2009

Today's rescue by the U.S. navy of merchant captain Richard Phillips is a heartwarming, straightforward triumph of good over evil and a flickering reemergence of America at its best, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

For the past five days, Captain Phillips has been held hostage in a lifeboat off the coast of Somalia by pirates—Muslim savages—demanding a multi-million dollar ransom.

"President Obama is to be congratulated for authorising the use of lethal force instead of making a YouTube video appealing to the savages' non-existent good faith," says Perigo. "Let us hope this lesson in the realities of the world—that there are bad guys in it—has come early enough in his presidency to effect the rescue of America from his appeasement of the likes of Iran and North Korea.

"All involved in this rescue are to be heartily applauded. The Navy's snipers are to be congratulated on their marksmanship, taking out three of the four pirates and leaving Captain Phillips unscathed. The killing of the three savages is to be celebrated.

"Captain Phillips is to be honoured for his courageous, conscientious professionalism.

"The most eloquent salute to the American action came, inadvertently, from the head of an Italian tugboat company with 10 employees currently held hostage by pirates in the same region. Silvio Bartoletti said he 'marvelled' that the Americans would go to such lengths for one American but not for 10 Italians. Of course, if the Americans tried to rescue the Italians and botched it, they'd be denounced by all of Europe for their meddling arrogance; indeed, they'd probably be denounced by useless, ungrateful, parasitical Europe even if the operation were successful. But most importantly, one American is what America is all about: something no European steeped in tribal collectivism—the same primitive mentality that motivates the pirates—can be expected to understand.

"America was founded on the principle of each and every human being's inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, with governments being instituted to secure those rights. The Thomas Jefferson who took on the Barbary pirates would be cheering today. Let us hope that today's rescue gives all rights-tramplers pause, and portends the restoration of America's status as the world's last, best hope," Perigo concludes.

Lindsay Perigo: editor@freeradical.co.nz

SOLO (Sense of Life Objectivists): SOLOPassion.com


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Pirate Update---Arrrr Matey

Jeremy's picture

UNDERHILL, Vt. – The unassuming ship captain who escaped the clutches of Somali pirates said upon his triumphant arrival home Friday that he was just an ordinary seaman doing his job, not a hero, and he praised the Navy for its daring rescue mission. "They're the superheroes," Richard Phillips said. "They're the titans. They're impossible men doing an impossible job, and they did the impossible with me. ... They're at the point of the sword every day, doing an impossible job every day."

A thankful beneficiary of the deadly skills of the US military? We need more men like Captain Phillips.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...

After the LewRockwell

Aaron's picture

After the LewRockwell accusations in the Netanyahu thread a few days ago, I've been reading the lewrockwell blog. The piracy related posts - WTF?? Ranging from at best neutral - e.g. stating that government customs and coast guards are just organized piracy - OK, agreed, but how about some kudos to the rescuers right now? - to astoundingly anti-rescuer - even blaming them if pirates were to act against other hostages in retaliation. Sharon's in ... company.

Aaron

Elementary, my dear Ross

atlascott's picture

You see, there are two problems here:

First, Sharon sympathizes with the free agents of force because, as the natural by-products of a lawless land (Somalia), Sharon feels a kinship with them. She longs for the freedom to be preyed upon by any errant gang of thugs with bigger guns. Easy enough to remedy--I'd imagine one can get a vacation package to Somalia pretty cheap, where Sharon will be unfettered by law, which she yearns to escape. Unfortunately, it will be the Law of the Jungle she discovers--survival of the fittest. Some must learn the hard way.

Second, you see, the Captains' family should have simply taken up a collection and started an auction on eBay to get the best qualified gang to rescue the Captain. Now, it may be true that in the interim, he might have been starved, tortured, or killed, but those are small things next to doing things the "right way." One can only hope that the agency his family hired were as good shots as the SEALS, especially if there was a per-round charge for services. Of course, then, there would have been a profit motive in MISSING.

A new low, Sharon, congratulations.

Bloodthirsty Objs?

Ross Elliot's picture

Sharon, what *is* your exact problem with this rescue? The status of the executioner or the execution itself?

Are you suggesting this action would have been more legitimate if the pirates had been killed by a private police force?

To a minarchist like myself, this is an example of the *exact* role of government. We can debate the sanity or morality of other interventions, but this?

You're welcome...

Jeremy's picture

...and now that you're reminded, run along...

What the fuck is your

Aaron's picture

What the fuck is your problem? I get the government as mafia analogy. I get being pissed when the government tramples the rights of innocent people. But, bloody hell, of all people do you think the pirates didn't deserve it?

Aaron

Yeah, I almost forgot about

sharon's picture

Yeah, I almost forgot about bloodthirsty Objectivists. Here they are cheering for the Mafia (the government) and their hired hit-men. Thanks for the reminder.

Yeah

Jeremy's picture

Very true, Greg. Strange days these are. Smiling

He can do the small things

gregster's picture

if he gets the advice and listens.

This success now allows him to talk up the economy - a hope against hope.

Hoorah

Jeremy's picture

Impressive press release, Linz. What do you think Obama is thinking, now that's he's directly ordered the deaths of three people in such a sensational way?

Go Jack

seddon's picture

When I heard that the Seals took out those 3 pieces of scum with just 3 head shots, I thought, gleefullly, Jack Bauer is on the job.
Great post, Linz. Great day.

Fred

Great press release

atlascott's picture

I am so proud of the Navy and of the SEALS in particular. And that Captain is a brave soul, indeed.

Now let's track down the Somali pirates who issued the threats of retaliation and wipe them all out.

Ditto to Michael's comment.

Sam Pierson's picture

Ditto to Michael's comment. A good day! Wahoo!

Do you mean this?

Marcus's picture

"Let us hope this lesson in the realities of the world—that there are bad guys in it—has come early enough in his presidency to effect the rescue of America from his appeasement of the likes of Iran and North Korea."

Yes, your press release was spot on! I never meant to imply it was lacking - I meant Obama's words, not yours.

As usual Marcus ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... when you do one of your wet blanket impersonations, you clearly haven't read the whole pr, if any of it. Try again! Eye

Those comments afterwards...

Marcus's picture

...by Obama about partnership, does not sound much like the American spirit. Great though that he called for 'military force' to free Captain Philips though.

"Mr Obama, in a statement issued yesterday afternoon, said that the safety of the hostage had always been “our principal concern”. He went on to talk about how the US “would work with our partners to prevent future attacks” and ensure “those who commit acts of piracy are held accountable for their crimes”.

These last comments are significant. Mr Obama is determined that the international community recognises its responsibility to share America’s burden on this and a host of other challenges including, most notably, Afghanistan. He is also keen that his own language should not escalate a situation as his predecessor so often did. Mr Obama’s message is that pirates are criminals, not “terrorists”, and that two wars are quite sufficient."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

"It wasn't exactly rocket science in dealing with four pirates?

It also took a while to eventually free the Captain.

Obama will have to do more than this to convince me of his strength as a Leader."

Prudence Eely Bond McGuire BA, LONDON, ENGLAND UK

I concur...

Michael Moeller's picture

"But most importantly, one American is what America is all about..."

Absolutely loved that line.

I first heard this news

Aaron's picture

I first heard this news here.

Awesome.

Aaron

Flippin' brilliant release..

Olivia's picture

both Captain Phillips' and yours!

Of course, if the Americans tried to rescue the Italians and botched it, they'd be denounced by all of Europe for their meddling arrogance; indeed, they'd probably be denounced by useless, ungrateful, parasitical Europe even if the operation were successful. But most importantly, one American is what America is all about:

*Especially* if it had been successful, hatred of the good and all that.

Howard's verdict on this Op

Howard's picture

Howard's verdict on this Op Ed: clear, stinging, passionate and spot on accurate.

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