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Old 04-15-2009, 12:00 PM
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By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY

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MOMBASA, Kenya Somali pirates vowed to hunt down American ships and kill their sailors Wednesday and French forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid, raising tensions a day after an abortive attack on a U.S. freighter loaded with food aid.

Pirates fired grenades and automatic weapons at the Liberty Sun, but its American crew successfully blockaded themselves inside the engine room. The ship was damaged in Tuesday's attack but escaped and was heading to Kenya under U.S. Navy guard.

A pirate whose gang attacked the aid ship admitted Wednesday that his group was targeting American ships and sailors.

"We will seek out the Americans and if we capture them we will slaughter them," said a 25-year-old pirate based in the Somali port of Harardhere who gave only his first name, Ismail.

"We will target their ships because we know their flags. Last night, an American-flagged ship escaped us by a whisker. We have showered them with rocket-propelled grenades," boasted Ismail, who did not take part in the attack on the Liberty Sun.

The move comes after U.S. Navy sharpshooters killed three pirates Sunday to win the release of a hijacked American sea captain, Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama.

The French forces, meanwhile, launched an early morning attack on a pirate ship after spotting it Tuesday with a surveillance helicopter and observing the pirates overnight. The raid thwarted the bandits' planned attack on the Liberian cargo ship Safmarine Asia, the French Defense Ministry said.
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Bring it on, a$$holes. I hope we don't coddle or cator to these guys. President Obama should take a lesson from Teddy Roosevelt and take it to these s.o.b.'s. Like U.S. Marshalls on airplanes, put armed Marines on our flagged ships. I guess because of international laws we can't mount light artillery or permanantly mounted heavy machine guns on the decks of civilian ships, but I think we could have some removable .30cals, 106 recoilesses, .50cal sniper rifles, M-79 grenade launchers, etc.. Blow a few out of the water without even stopping to retrieve survivors and they might decide it's not worth the risk.

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Survivors? I think it would be a very bad idea to have survivors. They're nothing but armed thugs and deserve all the crap we can throw at them. Did you hear that a Canadian warship stopped some pirates from attacking a freighter the other day? They forced them to heave to, disarmed them, then let them go! They said that they had no jurisdiction in international waters. And this was after the pirates fired on the Canadians! They shouldn't even waste ammo on those punks. Just run them down and leave survivors to the sharks.
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