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?

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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