I’m truly amazed at the US Navy SEALS snipers who shot and killed Somali pirates holding a ship captain captive. Firstly, not being a military enthusiast, I didn’t even know the Navy had snipers. Secondly, I didn’t know that it was even possible to shoot someone in the head 23 metres away from a bobbing boat.
It’s high time that some heavy handed action was taken against these Somali pirates, to send a strong deterrence signal to them. For too long, they have been acting with impunity, seizing supertankers and taking crews hostage. As a trading nation that depends on safe shipping routes, these pirates directly threaten Singapore’s national interests.