We all received a gift today - Captain Phillips is safe. Thanks to our military, the Navy Seals, the snipers. Thanks to the crew who resisted and refused to give up their ship - and to Captain Phillips himself for embodying everything that is right about American values. He sacrificed his own safety for the safety of his crew, and the military who rescued him sacrificed their safety as well. It came out right this time, the bad guys are dead or captured. The good guys are safe and heroes in my mind. God bless them and their families and God bless America.
This problem of pirates is one that will have to be dealt with harshly. Too many countries have paid millions to these criminals, pirating and kidnapping has become a lucrative operation. Too easy to make millions - and yes, they have been paid millions - to jump on a ship brandishing weapons and threaten those aboard. I am shocked that the crews of all of these large vessels are unarmed! The waters in that area have been dangerous with pirates for a long, long time.