South Korea seizes ship back from pirates, kill eight

posted at 2:15 pm on January 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Last year, when pirates seized a South Korean oil tanker off the east coast of Africa, Seoul ended up paying a $9 million ransom to get it back after nine months.  The decision to reward extortion generated a great deal of criticism of South Korea, which must have had some impact on their decision to fight back this time when pirates seized the Samho Jewelry, a Norwegian-owned ship run by South Koreans on its way to Sri Lanka.  They sent special forces to seize the ship, and killed eight pirates in the process:

South Korean naval special forces stormed a hijacked ship early Friday and rescued 21 sailors and killed a number of pirates in the Arabian Sea.

Five suspected kidnappers were captured.

President Lee Myung-bak went live on national television to announce the successful conclusion of the five-hour operation, 1,300 kilometers northeast of Somalia.

Mr. Lee told the country South Korea will not tolerate future attacks on any of its nationals.

In a sense, Seoul ended up financing the operation it had to fight, thanks to its decision to pay off the pirates last year.  That is why most government impose a non-negotiation policy on piracy — to cut off the operating funds pirates use to launch more attacks.  The actions of South Korea in this case not only reduces the number of pirates on the seas, but also starves them of funds to launch further attacks on shipping in the area.

That doesn’t mean piracy will disappear.  Somalia’s status as a failed state guarantees a high level of crime, not to mention provides terrorist networks with just as many opportunities for organization and operation as it does pirates.  Until Somalia manages to put down the warlords and create an effective government with the ability to police itself, as well as protect and nurture an economy that brings hope and choice to its people, terrorists and pirates will continue to attract the desperate into growing networks.

The only realistic method of suppressing the growth of these networks in the near term is to starve them of funding.  South Korea made the right decision in this case, and thankfully the operation succeeded in saving the hostages and freeing the ship.

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Those captured will end up dancing . . . at the end of a rope?

First on the thread!?!?!?

Bubba Redneck on January 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Collateral Damage,its a bloody shames I tells ya!!!!

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Yes!!!!

Note: Those captured will end up dancing . . . at the end of a rope?!

Bubba Redneck on January 21, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Beyond Awesome…

WhoU4 on January 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

The last five can try to swim back to Somalia.

WashJeff on January 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

No quarter given…

Oil Can on January 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM

So many pirates, so few yardarms…

Grantman on January 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

ROK on!

reaganaut on January 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

“Yo ho ho and bottle of soju.”

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

The S. Korean Spec Ops teams are top notch, and deadly. And they don’t do surveillance.

BobMbx on January 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

So, they learned from their mistakes.

And now onto NoKo and what to do about them without having the U.S. back them!

upinak on January 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM

That’s how you do it, SK. Well done.

pugwriter on January 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Dead men tell no tales.

portlandon on January 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Maybe it would help if some countries would stop pussyfooting around with these pirates and that means stop thinking of these yoohoos as a bunch of lovable renegades who dress cool and say neat things like “ARRRGH MATIES!” “YO HO, ME HARDIES, SHIVER ME TIMBERS!” and general crap like that! Captain Jack Sparrow, these guys are not!

These Somali pirates are bloodthirsty butchers, some of them just in their mid-teens, who are heavily armed and have no qualms about killing anyone who stands in their way.

And the only way you deal with them is with heavier firepower and a demonstration that you will use it on them in a heartbeat if they so much as come within one mile of your country’s vessel.

That is how you deal with these pirates.

pilamaye on January 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Actual Footage From the Mission.

BigWyo on January 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

New phrase for National Talk Like A Pirate Day:

“Leave that ship alone, it’s from South Korea…”

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I think they should bring back keelhauling.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keelhauling

You can’t convince me that a reasonable likelihood of keelhauling would not be an effective deterrent to future piracy operations.

SoRight on January 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

BigWyo on January 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Go stand in the corner.

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

BigWyo on January 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

:)

Bubba Redneck on January 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

We drink an’ we pillage an’ we do what we please
We get all that we want fer free
We’ll kick yer ass and rape yer lass
Somalian pirates we!

So with a YO-HO-HO! (YO-HO-HO!)
And a YEE-HEE-HEE! (YEE-HEE-HEE!)
We sail the African sea
We’ll brave the squalls and bust yer balls
Somalian pirates we!

We left our homes an’ we left our mudders
To go on a pillagin’ spree
We’ll cut off yer ears and break yer toes
An’ make ya drink our pee

An’ if ya sail into our waters
Ya best hear this decree
We’ll take yer boat, set yer ass afloat
Somalian pirates we!

So with a YO-HO-HO! (YO-HO-HO!)
And a TRICKY-LATI-DEE! (TRICKY-LATI-DEE!)
We’ll shoot ya in the face with glee
We’ll cut off yer c*** and feed it to a croc
Somalian pirates we!

fusionaddict on January 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

“Leave that ship alone, it’s from South Korea…”

Tell me about it.

We should be the ones doing this.

Think of the money available.

1. Take down any pirates that try this on a US vessel.

2. Every vessel in the world suddenly flies a US flag (for a small fee).

3. Profit.

reaganaut on January 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Actual Footage From the Mission.

BigWyo on January 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Awesome footage.

cat-scratch on January 21, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Nicely done SK.

tommer74 on January 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

No surprise.

Even the VC knew better than to mess with the ROKs.

CPT. Charles on January 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

How is it that an untrained ,uneducated band of undisciplined peasants were no match for South Korean Special Forces….?
Who knew?

NeoKong on January 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

South Korean UDT Forces Storm Hijacked Ship, Free Hostages

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ0Afb4Co2k

Not in English!

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Good for South Korea!!

jeffn21 on January 21, 2011 at 2:37 PM

If the crews shoot to kill during every highjacking attempt near Somolia there won’t be many attemps after they count the meat and publish the results.

docflash on January 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Last time the world had to deal with large numbers of pirates – THEY STARTED KILLING THEM. Seems to have worked then. But, of course, we’re more civilized now. And so the problem will continue.

GarandFan on January 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Personally, I’m a big fan of keelhauling.

pain train on January 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

If China wanted to supplant the United States as the #1 superpower it would serve them well to have their own “Barbary” moment. Send a force to the HOA with the mission to go ashore and raid the pirate compounds. These wouldn’t be stay and pacify but search and destroy. Piracy is about money. If you can’t make money then like any economic activities the “supply” of pirates will fall off dramatically. The Chinese lack of concern for human rights makes them the perfect nation to solve this problem. They won’t have any problem giving pirates the traditional justice that they are due.

As Commodore Thomas Truxton told his subordinates as they embarked on the Navy’s first mission during the quasi-war with France:

“I have no instructions on how do deal with Pirates but I trust you all know what to do.”

jerryofva on January 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Somalia: possibly the only place on the planet more in need of being turned into glowing green glass than the Middle East.

Dark-Star on January 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I spent three tours in Somalia during Operation Restore Hope one and two in 1992, 93, and 94. I found a really good way to deal with people that wanted to harm me was to kill them; always worked for me.

E9RET on January 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM

fusionaddict on January 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Fusion, Old Son, you forgot the next verse, it starts with, “BANG” then the sound of rickets.

Mason on January 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM

ROK on!

reaganaut on January 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

LOL

katy the mean old lady on January 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Will we now get the news from the msm that bho gave SK the go ahead to do this? bho is so into foreign affairs now days with the election coming up in two years!
L

letget on January 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Ed, Ed, Ed. Somalia is not “just” a failed state. The Somalians are people who have a failed, barbaric culture, rendering a chance of anything other than a strong-man-ruled state nonexistent. That means the certainty of imminent violence is the only thing which alters their behavior. Nation-building, like breaking up, is hard to do. It also calls into serious question the Democrats’ policy of importing tens of thousands of Somalians and others with similar cultures into America. Civilized people, or persecuted Christian minorities from Muslim-ruled nations would be far better candidates for new Americans. We don’t need pirates or jihadi wannabees here.

etaoinshrdlu on January 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

O/T
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is wanted for six heists since 2008.

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canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

ROK on!

reaganaut on January 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

*ba-dump-tish*!

Dark-Star on January 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM

That doesn’t mean piracy will disappear.

Maybe not, but killing 8 of them has to put a dent in their activities.

UltimateBob on January 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

O/T
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Putting the car in`’D’!
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‘Putting the economy into overdrive’
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canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The only realistic method of suppressing the growth of these networks in the near term is to starve them of funding.

and give them their fill of 5.56 or 7.62.

said it.

ted c on January 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

rut ro!

kelley in virginia on January 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Let the pirates swim home!

landlines on January 21, 2011 at 3:20 PM

The only realistic method of suppressing the growth of these networks in the near term is to starve them of funding

Also, to kill them like the South Koreans did this time.

Believe you me, you kill someone once and he will think two or three times before he messes with you again.

Kasper Hauser on January 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Five suspected kidnappers were captured.

Let them be shot, handcuffed to one another, and dropped in the shallows off Somalia for their vermin brothers to consider.

Jaibones on January 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Both my kids took Tae Kwon Doe through Black Belt back in the ’70s and 80′s. Instructor and owner of the dojo was a former ROK dude, Mr. Jung. Never knew him by anything more than that. Little guy, about five and a half feet tall, 140 lbs, and as nice as could be. Demanded and received perfect discipline for what the students did. Never talked about himself, but one of the other instructors told us Mr. Jung was in ‘Nam and pairs of ROKs used to go out hunting at night with no weapons,..just hands and feet. VC were scared to death of them. Mr. Jung never mentioned it. He was great with the kids and absolutely fearless. Two street punks came in to practice one night and started whacking the smaller kids around a bit, not pulling their punches and kicks. Mr. Jung put everyone in a circle, the two punks in the middle with him and whipped them both into bloody, semiconscious messes in about 30 seconds. It was a privilege to watch. The students adored him. So did the parents.

a capella on January 21, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Maybe our president should make an appointment to go to Korea and get a spine transplant.

ROK rocks

Kuffar on January 21, 2011 at 3:32 PM

The world has more special forces than Somalia has pirates. Keep killing them and thin the herd. Eventually the remainder will get the message and those few who just don’t get it will “get it” regardless.

Extrafishy on January 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Pirates,fish bait, video,lots of copies to the rag-heads so they can see first had what is in store for the next team.
Talking pictures, Thank you Thomas Edison.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Kudos to the South Koreans. I hope there will be dancing in the streets of Seoul over this.

JSGreg3 on January 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

OK, but did Eric Holder ensure they were read their Miranda rights?

/sarc

Terp Mole on January 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I remember working with the soldiers of South Korea in Viet Nam and they were feared by the VC and NV more than the US Marines. They were known as the ROKs and they would flat kill your ass. What ever happened to hanging pirates at sea? Why are they arrested? Any member on the attacking boat shold be given a chance to say their last words and then hanged. This should be a no brainer for the major powers of the sea.

inspectorudy on January 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM

and give them their fill of 5.56 or 7.62.

said it.

ted c on January 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Pew!….Pew!!….Pew!!

BigWyo on January 21, 2011 at 3:47 PM

It’s nice to see the Koreans learned from their mistake.

Further, it’s nice to see that there’s societies on this planet that will defend themselves and their interests without weeks of hand-wringing and legal opinions from the European Court of Human Rights or whatever (yes, Great Britain, that means you.)

I’m reasonably confident that SKorea will not be granting the captured pirates refugee status any time soon.

JEM on January 21, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Why did they even allow 5 to live? Seems to me, they should have just tossed them overboard for fish food.

karenhasfreedom on January 21, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Time for a good old fashioned Keel Haul.

faol on January 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

How is it that an untrained ,uneducated band of undisciplined peasants were no match for South Korean Special Forces….?
Who knew?

NeoKong on January 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Rescuing hostages from armed sociopaths, without loosing some of the hostages can only be done by very good troops, having a very good day.

Slowburn on January 21, 2011 at 4:03 PM

In a sense, Seoul ended up financing the operation it had to fight, thanks to its decision to pay off the pirates last year.

True. But I have a feeling they won’t have to pay any more ransoms to Somali pirates for a good while…….

tom on January 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

having a very good day.

Slowburn on January 21, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Having a good night actually, I bet.

TexasDan on January 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Until Somalia manages to put down the warlords and create an effective government with the ability to police itself, as well as protect and nurture an economy that brings hope and choice to its people, terrorists and pirates will continue to attract the desperate into growing networks.

Which Somalia would that be? There already is a “western backed” government surrounded in the capital and protected by soldiers from other African nations. The “war lords” are all Muslim and follow Islams ways. Pirating the unbelievers property is a noble religious duty. A Muslim Pirate is an agent of Allah. All those nice things, police themselves, protect and nurture an economy, hope and choice to the people, is not practiced by Muslims under Islam, never was, and never can be.

BL@KBIRD on January 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

It’s wrong for there to be any surviving pirates. Only a policy of absolute destruction of their ships and their lives, with zero negotiation will work with these brazen thugs.

I think we should have South Korean send their subs in for target practice. Any time a pirate ship is found it should simply be sunk by torpedo. No questions asked.

JeffB. on January 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

…create an effective government with the ability to police itself, as well as protect and nurture an economy that brings hope and choice to its people…

Maybe the U.S. can restore this some day as well.

labrat on January 21, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Nothing like waking up and realizing that in non PC way some men just need killing. Bout’ damn time.

Limerick on January 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM

When reporter in Seoul asked for a quote from mother of the South Korean task force leader, she shook her head in disgust: “Such a disappointment. I blame myself for not being more strict with him when he was spending all that time playing ‘StarCraft’ rather than studying for college entrance exams. At least his older brother Jun is a neurosurgeon in Connecticut!”

ScottMcC on January 21, 2011 at 5:10 PM

The “war lords” are all Muslim and follow Islams ways. Pirating the unbelievers property is a noble religious duty. A Muslim Pirate is an agent of Allah. All those nice things, police themselves, protect and nurture an economy, hope and choice to the people, is not practiced by Muslims under Islam, never was, and never can be.

And, when push comes to shove, there are upwards of one Billion potential pirate/terrorist/jihadists on the planet.

infidel4life on January 21, 2011 at 5:12 PM

It’s wrong for there to be any surviving pirates. Only a policy of absolute destruction of their ships and their lives, with zero negotiation will work with these brazen thugs…

JeffB. on January 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Nah. You need to send exactly one back to his peeps with tales to tell.

stvnscott on January 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Koreans are tough as nails and definitely kiss ass. I know, I’m married to one. I’m the only thing preventing her from giving our kids the full Tiger Mom treatment.

Pervygrin on January 21, 2011 at 6:38 PM

That’s supposed to be KICK ass!

Pervygrin on January 21, 2011 at 6:39 PM

At least somebody has some balls.

Ward Cleaver on January 21, 2011 at 6:39 PM

The only realistic method of suppressing the growth of these networks in the near term is to starve them of funding.

Or kill them. If sudden death is a more likely result of piracy than sudden wealth, far fewer will choose piracy as a career.

novaculus on January 21, 2011 at 6:53 PM

The Russians and now the SoKo do what needs to be done. Once upon a time, under Pres. Jefferson, we did the same thing. Now it is seemly catch and release for most Western Countries. Last May the Russians placed their captured pirates on their boat and cast it away with no navigation equipment 300 miles from shore. They haven’t been seen since. Tough. Don’t be pirates.

amr on January 21, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Hey newly elected GOP’s, take note! This is how We the People would like you to deal with the enemy within.

NTWR on January 21, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Nice work, gentlemen.

Tony737 on January 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I wish we’d bring back the Iowa class Battleships and park them off the coast of Somalia.

Tony737 on January 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Five suspected kidnappers were captured.

Let them be shot, handcuffed to one another, and dropped in the shallows off Somalia for their vermin brothers to consider.

Jaibones on January 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

But first, stuff them with kimchee.

Bigfoot on January 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM

It also calls into serious question the Democrats’ policy of importing tens of thousands of Somalians and others with similar cultures into America. Civilized people, or persecuted Christian minorities from Muslim-ruled nations would be far better candidates for new Americans. We don’t need pirates or jihadi wannabees here.

etaoinshrdlu on January 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Agreed. Democrats are self destructive. I don’t know how we deal with their dangerous behavior…

scotash on January 21, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Served with the KATUSAs about thirty years ago. Mean MFs. Apparently, the current generation of Koreans still have some mean MFs.

patch on January 21, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Spec Ops WIN!

ROK’s rule.

Mojave Mark on January 21, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Until this is the standard response for dealing with these dirtbags the pirates will continue with their thievery and kidnapping.

Good on ROK for this one.

vinceautmorire on January 22, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Until this is the standard response for dealing with these dirtbags the pirates will continue with their thievery and kidnapping.

Good on ROK for this one. – vinceautmorire on January 22, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Let’s have more of this. Too bad the United States just can’t park an aircraft carrier out there and clean out this dirty nest of pirates.

SC.Charlie on January 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Five suspected kidnappers were captured.

Let them be shot, handcuffed to one another, and dropped in the shallows off Somalia for their vermin brothers to consider.

Jaibones on January 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

But first, stuff them with kimchee pork.

Bigfoot on January 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Slowburn on January 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Feel good story of the week!

Inanemergencydial on January 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I love the ROK military. Should have had them replace our guys when the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam. From what I’ve heard, the Commies were scared to death of them.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 22, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Give-em a Peace Prize.

Saying Hoorah in S. Korean.

Texyank on January 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM

If every involved nation did what South Korea just did, piracy would come to a screeching halt. However, take no prisoners, because give us your money, or your life is the message the pirates are sending.

byteshredder on January 23, 2011 at 4:44 PM

“Gobble Gobble Gobble”

Using my best voice imitation of Gary Cooper (Sgt YorK).

ORrighty on January 23, 2011 at 9:39 PM