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Post time 2007-10-31 05:29:46 |Display all floors
The US Navy is helping other countries regain control of their ships from Pirates who have taken them by force.  Almost every nation has had run ins from Pirates.  Today the US helped a North Korean vessel fight off pirates and treated the injured DPRK sailers after the battle was over.  You read this correctly - the US Navy helped a North Korean vessel.   You will never read about this in any Chinese newspaper because that does not fit the current feeling in China that the US is evil and can do no good.

Crew wins deadly pirate battle off Somalia

Story Highlights

    North Korean crew recaptures hijacked vessel

    Navy says two pirates killed, five captured; three from crew injured

    USS Arleigh Burke enters Somali territorial waters to pursue other pirates

    Pirates aboard hijacked Golden Nori carrying highly flammable benzene


(CNN) -- The crew members of a North Korean freighter regained control of their ship from pirates who hijacked the vessel off Somalia, but not without a deadly fight, the U.S. Navy reported Tuesday.

When the battle aboard the Dai Hong Dan was over, two pirates were dead and five were captured, the Navy said.

Three wounded crew members from the cargo ship were being treated aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams.

The captured pirates were being held aboard the North Korean vessel, the Navy said.

The bandits had seized the ship's bridge, while the crew kept control of the steering gear and engines, the Navy said.

The Koreans moved against the attackers after the Williams -- responding to reports of the hijacking -- ordered the pirates to give up their weapons, according to the Navy.

When the crew members stormed the bridge, the deadly battle began. After the crew regained control, Navy sailors boarded the Dai Hong Dan to help with the injured.

North Korea and the United States have no diplomatic relations.

The incident took place about 70 miles northeast of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the Navy said.

It is the second incident of piracy reported in recent days. A second U.S. Navy destroyer was searching waters off Somalia for pirates who hijacked a Japanese-owned ship, military officials said.

Over the weekend, gunmen aboard two skiffs hijacked the Panamanian-flagged Golden Nori off the Socotra archipelago near the Horn of Africa, said Andrew Mwangura, a spokesman for the Kenyan-based Seafarers' Assistance Program.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke has been pursuing the pirates after entering Somali waters with the permission of the troubled transitional government in Mogadishu, U.S. officials said Monday. In recent years, warships have stayed outside the 12-mile limit when chasing pirates.

Two military officials familiar with the details confirmed the ongoing operation.

The Navy's pursuit of the pirates began Sunday night when the Golden Nori radioed for help. The Burke's sister ship, the USS Porter, opened fire and sank the pirate skiffs tied to the Golden Nori's stern before the Burke took over shadowing the hijacked vessel.

When the shots were fired, it was not known the ship was filled with highly flammable benzene. U.S. military officials indicate there is a great deal of concern about the cargo because it is so sensitive.

Benzene, which U.S. authorities have declared a known human carcinogen, is used as a solvent and to make plastics and synthetic fabrics.

Four other ships in the region remain in pirate hands, the Navy said.

U.S. and NATO warships have been patrolling off the Horn of Africa for years in an effort to crack down on piracy off Somalia, where a U.N.-backed transitional government is struggling to restore order after 15 years of near-anarchy. See how piracy is worse than 2006 »

On Monday, the head of the transitional government resigned as his administration -- backed by Ethiopian troops -- battled insurgents from the Islamic movement that seized control of Mogadishu in 2006.

Hospital officials reported 30 dead in three days of clashes on the city's south side.

In June, the ship USS Carter Hall fired warning shots in an attempt to stop a hijacked Danish cargo ship off Somalia, but the American vessel turned away when the pirated ship entered Somali waters.

In May, a U.S. Navy advisory warned merchant ships to stay at least 200 miles off the Somali coast. But the U.S. Maritime Administration said pirates sometimes issue false distress calls to lure ships closer to shore. See the warning area »

The pirates often are armed with automatic rifles and shoulder-fired rockets, according to a recent warning from the agency.

"To date, vessels that increase speed and take evasive maneuvers avoid boarding, while those that slow down are boarded, taken to the Somali coastline and released after successful ransom payment, often after protracted negotiations of as much as 11 weeks," the warning advised.

The agency issued a new warning to sailors in the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia and Yemen, after Sunday's hijacking.

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Post time 2007-10-31 09:23:47 |Display all floors
That is because the US sticks up for people in trouble, even those that work for its self-declared enemies.
"Justice prevails... evil justice."

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Post time 2007-10-31 09:54:02 |Display all floors

Which Version is More Accurate??

That is because the US sticks up for people in trouble, even those that work for its self-declared enemies.

That is because the US sticks up people in trouble, especially those that it self-declared as enemies.

Is it the first or the second, that leads to the world's view of America TODAY?  

You be the judge.  Here's just a partial list:

  1. China - 1945 to 1960s: Was Mao Tse-tung just paranoid?
2. Italy - 1947-1948: Free elections, Hollywood style
3. Greece - 1947 to early 1950s: From cradle of democracy to client state
4. The Philippines - 1940s and 1950s: America's oldest colony
5. Korea - 1945-1953: Was it all that it appeared to be?
6. Albania - 1949-1953: The proper English spy
7. Eastern Europe - 1948-1956: Operation Splinter Factor
8. Germany - 1950s: Everything from juvenile delinquency to terrorism
9. Iran - 1953: Making it safe for the King of Kings
10. Guatemala - 1953-1954: While the world watched
11. Costa Rica - Mid-1950s: Trying to topple an ally - Part 1
12. Syria - 1956-1957: Purchasing a new government
13. Middle East - 1957-1958: The Eisenhower Doctrine claims another backyard for America
14. Indonesia - 1957-1958: War and pornography
15. Western Europe - 1950s and 1960s: Fronts within fronts within fronts
16. British Guiana - 1953-1964: The CIA's international labor mafia
17. Soviet Union - Late 1940s to 1960s: From spy planes to book publishing
18. Italy - 1950s to 1970s: Supporting the Cardinal's orphans and techno-fascism
19. Vietnam - 1950-1973: The Hearts and Minds Circus
20. Cambodia - 1955-1973: Prince Sihanouk walks the high-wire of neutralism
21. Laos - 1957-1973: L'Armée Clandestine
22. Haiti - 1959-1963: The Marines land, again
23. Guatemala - 1960: One good coup deserves another
24. France/Algeria - 1960s: L'état, c'est la CIA
25. Ecuador - 1960-1963: A text book of dirty tricks
26. The Congo - 1960-1964: The assassination of Patrice Lumumba
27. Brazil - 1961-1964: Introducing the marvelous new world of death squads
28. Peru - 1960-1965: Fort Bragg moves to the jungle
29. Dominican Republic - 1960-1966: Saving democracy from communism by getting rid of           democracy
30. Cuba - 1959 to 1980s: The unforgivable revolution
31. Indonesia - 1965: Liquidating President Sukarno ... and 500,000 others
    East Timor - 1975: And 200,000 more
32. Ghana - 1966: Kwame Nkrumah steps out of line
33. Uruguay - 1964-1970: Torture -- as American as apple pie
34. Chile - 1964-1973: A hammer and sickle stamped on your child's forehead
35. Greece - 1964-1974: "---- your Parliament and your Constitution," said
    the President of the United States
36. Bolivia - 1964-1975: Tracking down Che Guevara in the land of coup d'etat
37. Guatemala - 1962 to 1980s: A less publicized "final solution"
38. Costa Rica - 1970-1971: Trying to topple an ally -- Part 2
39. Iraq - 1972-1975: Covert action should not be confused with missionary work
40. Australia - 1973-1975: Another free election bites the dust
41. Angola - 1975 to 1980s: The Great Powers Poker Game
42. Zaire - 1975-1978: Mobutu and the CIA, a marriage made in heaven
43. Jamaica - 1976-1980: Kissinger's ultimatum
44. Seychelles - 1979-1981: Yet another area of great strategic importance
45. Grenada - 1979-1984: Lying -- one of the few growth industries in Washington
46. Morocco - 1983: A video nasty
47. Suriname - 1982-1984: Once again, the Cuban bogeyman
48. Libya - 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan meets his match
49. Nicaragua - 1981-1990: Destabilization in slow motion
50. Panama - 1969-1991: Double-crossing our drug supplier
51. Bulgaria 1990/Albania 1991: Teaching communists what democracy is all about
52. Iraq - 1990-1991: Desert holocaust
53. Afghanistan - 1979-1992: America's Jihad
54. El Salvador - 1980-1994: Human rights, Washington style
55. Haiti - 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?

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Post time 2007-10-31 10:37:38 |Display all floors
Why don't you cite the source of your list? Let me do it for you:

http://members.aol.com/bblum6/American_holocaust.htm

So a disaffected State Department employee who has received little recognition outside of far left circles and who's book is basically an opinion piece a la Michael Parenti. You can do better, I'm sure.

I will simply declare them all necessary to contain the Soviet Union or blunders, good intentions with bad implementations, because you can't really demonstrate otherwise, most are Cold War, that was the official rationale and they all fit that picture rather well; in that framework they sit easily with the rest of what the US did in that period.
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Post time 2007-10-31 11:11:43 |Display all floors

You Can Explain All You Want

The facts are there for all to see, and interpretation is anyone's perogative.  

But it is clear that today very few around the globe buys you type of "explanation."

So it is "sticking up for" or merely "sticking up"?  I think the conclusion is rather clear, when you add Iraq to the list.

Despite all the "explanations" and "justifications" on why you go into Iraq, the first buildings that the Yanks secure are the Oil Ministry buildings.  Then for years literally, the American occupation force harrangued the new Iraqi legislation to pass an oil law drafted by and for the Americans, which provides a serious throwback to the imperial/colonial years, providing for 50 year long "production sharing", an arrangement that no free nation has adopted in the last 25 years.  Even worse, the oil law provides that all disputes were to be resolved by a council that is ruled by American oil companies, and is not within the jurisdiction of the Iraqis.

What greedy bostards.

Yes, the world see 50 huge examples of "sticking up" (sheer highway robbery), so the 0.01 minor example of "sticking up for" are rightfully discounted.

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Post time 2007-10-31 11:34:22 |Display all floors
Actually, I think the major reason for seizing the Oil Ministry was to secure the documents there. Iraq, like all Middle East states with oil, was largely dependent on oil revenues to run its economy. Securing the Oil Ministry in such a situation is a worthwhile endeavor that should be undertaken regardless of whether one's motive is compassion or conquest, so it can't really stand as evidence. The proposed Iraqi oil law is actually good economics and has the capacity to avoid the problems of resource curse that plague other states in the region, even if it is a far cry from my preferred solution. State petroleum corporations are not healthy for the economy and, especially in smaller states, have the capacity to rapidly corrupt the government (just look at Venezuela).

So far, the only state in the world that does much sticking up for anyone is the US. Everyone else waits for  the US to do it and then complains when the way the US chooses to do so is not to their liking. The world, however, has been greatly improved since World War II and thus your whole thesis seems unlikely; any state with strong trade relations with the US has a healthy economy unless they are one-resource exporters (which rarely have good economies anyhow, if you've ever noticed, because resources actually account for very little in terms of available capital, most of it being locked up in expertise).
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Post time 2007-10-31 12:05:22 |Display all floors
I applaud the US navy for the humanitarian rescue of fellow sailors in distress on the high seas. This time North Koreans benefited from this daring intervention. Well done to the American sailors.

I have nothing to add to the comprehensive dissection by tongluren on this subject . Those inconvenient facts are too uncomfortable for the posse of American apologists , but they are true.  Take note of the ease and slippery way the spin doctors take over to justify the indefensible .  " Good intentions .... difficult implementations ....."  OMG what skill , what talent . The excuses and sliding tackles just ooze out like so much  sweat drops on the skin on a balmy hot summer's night .  The tragedy and mistake is to think that the world is so stupid as not to see through this hypocrisy.

Let me say once more , good work by the American sailors but please , don't think that this is sufficient in balancing the litany of bad deeds through the decades.  We are more intelligent than you  think.

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