Man, it's a sad age we live in. The Royal Navy has been ordered to ignore pirates.

THE Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high seas, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights.

Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia, have been warned that there is also a risk that captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain.

The Foreign Office has advised that pirates sent back to Somalia could have their human rights breached because, under Islamic law, they face beheading for murder or having a hand chopped off for theft.

1. Pirates face death or dismemberment as punishment if turned over to local authorities

2. These punishments violate the pirates' human rights

3. People whose human rights could be violated can seek asylum in the UK

4. Therefore, captured pirates can seek asylum in the UK

What a joke.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “There are issues about human rights and what might happen in these circumstances. The main thing is to ensure any incident is resolved peacefully.”

Really? The "main thing" isn't to eliminate all the pirates and protect the high seas?

Are there no men in Her Majesty's service?

The proper way to deal with pirates has been known for centuries: you hang them on the spot.

(HT: Kenneth Anderson.)

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