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Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:52 AM 

Where's Captain Bligh when we need him?

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Catch-and-release wrought tragedy and injustice in Iraq; it does the same thing in Afghanistan. Now, it also rules the waves -- but first, a halal meal:

From the Daily Mail Via Vlad Tepes:

"HMS Nursemaid: Shame as Navy seizes 17 armed Somalis, gives them halal meat and nicotine patches ... then sets them free!"

When a Royal Navy warship captured a crew of Somali pirates, it seemed like a rare chance to strike back at the ruthless sea gangsters.

The 17 outlaws were armed with an arsenal of AK 47s and rocket-propelled grenades, and had forced hostages on a hijacked fishing vessel to work as slaves for three months.

But instead of bringing them to justice, the British servicemen were ordered to provide the pirates halal meals, medical checks, cigarettes – and in one case even a nicotine patch – before releasing them in their own boats....

Commander David Wilkinson, Cornwall’s captain, said: ‘This team admitted their intention was to commit piracy activities.’

But after compiling the evidence against them and submitting it to his superiors he was ordered to ‘set up arrangements for putting them ashore in Somalia’.

"Superiors" must go.

Before being freed, the pirates were given a medical check-up in accordance with UK law and food which included a halal option to take into account religious needs.

After showing they were compliant, some were given cigarettes, and one was given a nicotine patch on medical advice because his tobacco withdrawal had caused his heart rate to soar. ...

As they stepped off the warship, Commander Wilkinson told the head of the pirate gang: ‘If you are a leader, go back and lead for good. If you are going to carry on in this trade, expect to find me and my colleagues waiting for you. And if I see you again, it’s not going to go well.’ ...

What. no nicotine patch?

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