Maersk Alabama Captain's Small Vermon...

Maersk Alabama Captain's Small Vermont Hometown Awaits His Retu...

There are 8 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 15, 2009, titled Maersk Alabama Captain's Small Vermont Hometown Awaits His Retu.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Richard Phillips had offered himself up as a hostage to Somali pirates to save his crew on the Maersk Alabama, he knew that Phillips would emerge from the ordeal unscathed and upbeat.

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And How

Hudson, NH

#1 Apr 15, 2009
I am sooo glad that he and his crew all got out of this ordeal
safely. There should be no negotiations with the thugs who hijack these ships.
They messed with the bull and got the horns.
Peter Principle

New Hartford, CT

#2 Apr 15, 2009
The media just loves to talk about itself. Weird.
Richard

United States

#3 Apr 15, 2009
There has been little or no discussion of this ... but one source has reported that the three pirates slain were, at one point, threatened to kill the "infidel."

Which at least suggests that a link between the pirates and Muslim extremists may be more tenable than the media want us to believe.

Meanwhile, we hear a steady drumbeat of reports about how complex the situation in Somalia is, and that taking action against the pirate lairs won't solve the problem.

Perhaps so. But for the present, if we destroy the ships and the ports that they use, that will be a step in the right direction.

Of course, we have been put on notice that we are not the 'world's policeman.' And as far as I know, none of the hostages now is an American.

So I guess those nations can appeal to the United Nations for help.
Lurker Guy

Branford, CT

#4 Apr 15, 2009
So The Courant can send a reporter to Northern Vermont to cover a non-story that has already been beaten to death by the national media, and yet they no longer have enough staff to cover critical news taking place daily in local communities?
Mr Common Sense

United States

#5 Apr 15, 2009
Pirates vs. Navy Seals is another way of saying bring lots of body bags because you'll need them in this one-sided fight.
Haddam Ct River

Norwich, CT

#6 Apr 15, 2009
You'll note in the picture they thank the SEALS! Without the confident NAVY seals this man may not be alive today. Thei is NO ONE ELSE to thanks other than the US NAVY SEALS!!!!
Fed Up

Wethersfield, CT

#7 Apr 15, 2009
Haddam Ct River wrote:
You'll note in the picture they thank the SEALS! Without the confident NAVY seals this man may not be alive today. Thei is NO ONE ELSE to thanks other than the US NAVY SEALS!!!!
Right on the money
Steven_G_Erickso n

San Antonio, TX

#8 Apr 18, 2009
I left Vermont, and bought property in Connecticut.

I'm back where I belong, and among good people.

I'm proud to live in Vermont and to be a Vermonter.

We look out for ourselves, we look out for others, and we care about this country.

The average people in Connecticut do too. It is too bad those that run Connecticut don't think like the rest of us. They're elitists.

This Courant story is of hope and in not ever giving up. This is a positive, American story, praise the Courant on this one.

Live like an American is meant to, stand up.

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