- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/admin/news/story/373224/# For the first time in many decades, pirates have attacked and seized a U.S.-flagged ship on the high seas. This, in case anyone doesn't know, constitutes an attack on the United States.

In years past, this would have prompted a strong counterattack, like sending the Marines to the shores of Tripoli. Yet, when asked about this outrageous transgression against America, President Obama simply declined comment on the matter, as if to dismiss the attack as an insignificant incident - no matter that, at the time, the captain of the ship remained a hostage of lawless pirates.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made up for Mr. Obama's lack of words, but what she said was not just startling; it was shocking. She declared that the “world must come together to end the scourge of piracy.” Does this mean that the once-mighty United States is incapable of striking back and instead needs the “world” to protect it from acts of piracy?

Another thing: Mrs. Clinton unequivocally called this unwarranted attack on the United States of America “criminal activity,” as if to relegate the piracy to the level of a meager criminal offense. Adding insult to injury, she laughed off the incident with one of her patented cackles.

Somebody should inform Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama that this act of piracy, like others through the centuries, is an act of terrorism by enemy combatants and should be treated as such. Unfortunately, in light of Mrs. Clinton's remarks, it appears that our government has come full circle to the pre-Sept. 11 mentality of equating terrorism with petty crimes. If George W. Bush were still president, these motley pirates who seized the American ship most likely would be shaking hands with Allah.

HARRISON E. MCCANDLISH

Alexandria

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