Massive kudos to Birmingham Mail columnist Maureen Messent, whose recent column concerning Somali pirates is right on the money. One paragraph from the column sticks out in particular:
And let’s not pretend these predators are our equals deserving of our respect. Blowing a few of their boats to smithereens, along with their crews, is the sole language they will understand.
Hallelujah, sister! Here's at least one Brit who hasn't drunk from the Tabernacle of Political Correctness Kool aid, one Brit who isn't a slave to wimpy and culturally suicidal European notions of what constitutes human rights, one Brit who gets it.
Let me man the guns; I'll happily blow every single one of these sub-human apes to smithereens and I'll still sleep very comfortably, thank you very much. In fact, I wouldn't even hesitate.
Exactly how do we prove ourselves better than the pirates, the Taliban or any other assorted terrorist scum by respecting their so-called humanity? Why are they deserving of it? If they have absolutely no notion of human rights, leniency or mercy, and no inclination to show any toward us, I don't see why they should receive any in return. What are we Westerners proving with our "enlightened" attitude toward them? That we're stupid, naive and, as aforementioned, culturally suicidal? Absolutely. As Michael Ignatieff points out in his book "Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry," the West, with its knee-jerk political correctness, is forsaking its political heritage of individualism; in the process eroding the foundations upon which a universal system of human rights may be built.
This brings to mind a letter to the editor somebody had written to a London newspaper complaining about the treatment one of the captured pirates, a 16-year-old, who was captured by the U.S. and extradited there. The letter writer bemoaned the "young African being brought to America in chains." Which just goes to show that even with that half-black hippie in the White House, anti-Americanism still runs strong (or that some people apparently believe we're still living 200 years in the past). That not even Obama is decrying the fate of this innocent little lamb-to-the-slaughter, ought to provide a clue; but then Obama did vow to stand up to the pirates which is what any sensible person would do.
Believe me, all this talk about respecting human rights and having to show compassion, leniency and mercy to our sworn enemies is just the sort of claptrap worthy of the Left-wingers who spout it, those Westerners who hate their society, their culture and themselves. It is sentiment to be expected of those who identify with the world's rag-tag rabble, the language of solidarity with those who deserve nothing more than a body ridden with bullet holes and a dumping in the nearest garbage incinerator.