Upside to Islam.

The ICU (Islamic Courts Union) took over in Somalia and imposed sharia law with punishments which include amputations and/or executions for piracy. For the last fifteen years, when the last effective government collapsed, there has been a lot of pirate activity. Sea captains were advised not to come within a hundred miles of the Somalia coast for fear of pirates since the American liner Seabourn Spirit was attacked less than a year ago. Between March and July this year forty attacks were reported. There have been none since.
Where does this leave the argument that capital punishment is no deterent?

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Published in: on October 24, 2006 at 6:41 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hmmmm. Could be, but a pretty good deterrent is trying to find a ship 100 plus miles from shore in a small gunboat. Just might have an impact on the number of reported piracy incidents. I’m not sure about the amptations though – it didn’t do much to stop Long John Silver!!! Aargh Jim Lad!!!

  2. Nelson did pretty well too! However, the threat seems to have stopped the present day pirates.


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