Pirates and the entire trade is built on ransom payments…. it is an interesting topic of study, and it might be an example of why you shouldn’t trust your Government to take care of you. If they can’t get this right, why would you trust them with other matters?
What a fortunate Pirate, free food, medical, dental, housing and meals all at your expense for the next 30 years. How many of his Countrymen dream of a life so grand? Might this be the very first time he’s ever watched color TV, or had a good roof over his head? Where will he go when he gets out of prison? Who would bet against him being out in five years and moving onto the public assistance roles for the rest of his life?
Most of us who have studied Pirates of the past know we should have left this leader right where he was, in the water with a good distance to swim to shore. The West pays Ransom, runs fleets of ships with no security and is totally responsible for building a thriving Pirate trade. The West seems totally incapable of adapting or forming any kind of intelligent response.
An example of an intelligent response? Almost anything would be smarter than this..