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Was it mere piracy...

... or yet another battle of Islam's war on Christianity

The four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia are dead, CBS News has learned.

Hijacked last Friday off Oman, the Quest was being piloted toward the Somali coast - and was being shadowed by a U.S. Navy warship.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that gunshots aboard the yacht were heard, and the warship took action.

All 4 Americans were dead, killed apparently by their captors.

There were more than a dozen pirates on board, some dead and others captured, Martin reports.

The Americans were Scott Adam and his wife, Jean, of Marina del Rey, Calif.; and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle, both of Seattle.

Adam, in his mid-60s, had been an associate producer in Hollywood when he turned in a spiritual direction and enrolled in the seminary a decade ago, Professor Robert K. Johnston of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and a friend of Adam's, told The Associated Press.

"He decided he could take his pension, and he wanted to serve God and humankind," he said.


Since 2004, the Adams lived on their yacht in Marina Del Rey for about half the year and the rest of the year they sailed around the world, often distributing Bibles in remote parts of the Fiji Islands, Alaska, New Zealand, Central America and French Polynesia, Johnston said.

Who are these pirates?

Somalia is a lawless nation known for spawning pirates and radical Islamists. The radical Muslim group al-Shabab, which rules much of the country, is known for targeting Christians in the region. Some African missionaries who have been caught working in the area have paid with their lives.

"There is no government. There is no security," CBN News International Correspondent George Thomas said of the region.

Friday's hijacking comes after another Somali pirate was sentenced by a New York court to 33 years in prison for his role in the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama.

Details are largely still missing so conclusions drawn now are premature but it's difficult to overlook the possibility that infidels were dealt with here as Islamists are taught to deal with them.

With extreme prejudice.


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Comments (13)

These people were killed fo... (Below threshold)

These people were killed for one reason and one reason only: They had Bibles aboard the vessel and this is a death sentence with any Muslim or Muslim community. Case closed!

More community outreach via... (Below threshold)

More community outreach via the psychotic cult of peace.

It looks as thou... (Below threshold)

It looks as though the only real solution here is summary execution of captured pirates, and the destruction of their home bases.

Maybe after the rubble is bounced a few times the Somalis will get it. That strategy also has the advantage of ridding the world of some radical Islamists. Always a good thing.

Unfortunately, we still hav... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Unfortunately, we still have that hapless buffoon in the White House so, unless there is a spare unmanned drone on a shelf somewhere, no more will be done about this than was done about Egypt or Libya.

Tatersalad, no the case is ... (Below threshold)

Tatersalad, no the case is not closed. If these were ordinary pirates, money would be their primary motive. If the sight of bibles enraged the 'pirates' so much, then they're not just pirates. The 'pirates' started to negotiate after they'd found the bibles, since the first thing pirates would do after securing the vessel would be to see how much loot was on-board.

Reason and logic shed some light on this event.

"CBS reports that "On Monday, two pirates had peacefully come aboard the USS Sterett to negotiate with naval forces for the release of the hostages, and remained aboard overnight.

But on Tuesday, pirates aboard the Quest unexpectedly fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Sterett. Shortly afterward, gunfire erupted inside the Quest cabin, and U.S. special forces responded, approaching the Quest in small boats and boarding the vessel, Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a Tuesday press conference."

Incidentally, this is the FIRST time Somali pirates have killed Americans, never before, which I suspect is significant.

Why? Well, pirates are entirely motivated by money, loot, plunder, right?

These pirates, start to negotiate and then, opened fire on a four ship naval escort...and then, immediately kill the hostages.

Only two pirates fought back, the rest surrendered. So, why did the other 18 allow the hostages to be killed?

Makes no sense from a pirates point of view, does it? They completely give up any leverage and remove all reason for US forces to show restraint, right?

Something else has to be at play here because pirates don't readily give up the one thing, that might get them what they want...

So, who behaves this way? Well, crazy Islamic fanatics behave that way...anyone else?

Maybe the goal is to get into American prisons, to gain violent converts for Allah, who shall, sooner or later, get out of prison...

Sound far fetched? To me and you, sure. But to a religious fanatic, instructed to do so by his Imam?

It's highly probable that getting to kill some Christian missionaries was gravy, not the purpose of the seizure of the vessel and the almost certain, intentional killing of the hostages.

Captured? CAPTURED? The pir... (Below threshold)

Captured? CAPTURED? The pirates should all chum right about now.

Meanwhile - what kind of mo... (Below threshold)

Meanwhile - what kind of moronic twit would sail to a locale where piracy is rampant? Maybe contributory negligence is at work here, didja ever consider that?

The Pirate bases have dozen... (Below threshold)

The Pirate bases have dozens of captured ships and hundreds of hostages. Something which the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and the embarked Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are uniquely designed and trained for.

I'm with Irongradpa...rescue and free those that are enslaved, saving all who you can... and then retrograde with those you freed, along with their liberated vessels (which would have their holds packed with a chained gaggle of now ex-pirate prisoners), leaving behind only the smoking wreck of the enemy's base. Travel further up the Pirate coast - repeat.

Yes we can... send in the Marines!

Semper Fidelis-

This is Islam...and that's ... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

This is Islam...and that's undoubtably foremost in most western minds. What should be parallel to that understanding in us is that, this same Islam is the bloodthirsty challenge that political progressives demand our tolerance of, and that political correctness intends to stifle debate on. These two enablers are an undeniable perversion of governmental propriety and, common-sense...the perversion that intentionally distorts and misleads the thinking of the unwary and those who just throw caution to the winds and vote that way. They dominate not only the present US federal goverment, (and all western governments), but also the schools and universities. It's why European social upheaval has erupted, why it's military malaise is so warmly embraced, why America today possesses a perverse media, why Democratic representatives in Wisconsin have gone their anti-democratic route. This is, collectively...the politics of the absurd, of social destruction.. but, how the hell did the West, in total, arrive at such an untenable low point in it's social organization? Since 1946 higher education has expanded exponentially but despite the proliferation of technical advances, it seems we have also achieved a most extraordinary qualification of being able to bite, savagely, our own arses.

Gayle, I read they were par... (Below threshold)

Gayle, I read they were participating in a boat race of some sort but took a different route. Granted, doesn't make them smart, at least they are at peace now.

Too bad, our response will ... (Below threshold)

Too bad, our response will be based primarily upon looking up harsh words in the latest edition of Roget's Thesaurus.

It is good to know the State Dept and the WH have our backs.

"Somalia delenda est!", not silence, should be the guidance from the WH.

In 2008 some foolish people... (Below threshold)

In 2008 some foolish people went to the ballot box and voted with the thought that the new guy would make foreigners "like us." Didn't work. However, more important than whether electing Obama would make people like us is that it shouldn't matter. I don't give a rats a$$ if others like America They can if they want, but who cares. I want them to fear and respect us enough that they won't think it is a good idea to kill Americans.

Gayle Miller - I'm not a fa... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Gayle Miller - I'm not a fan of the concept of ascribing blame to a murder victim.

Freedom of the seas is a concept that goes back to President WIlson. Freedom of navigation has been codified by the United Nations. It's one of the things all Navies of the world are supposed to ensure.






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