Reason#1 to leave American ships and crews alone:
An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday and three of his captors were killed in a daring rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs that ended a five-day standoff between the world’s most powerful Navy and Somali pirates in a lifeboat far off the Horn of Africa.
I was privileged to know several Navy Seals, EOD team members and other Special Ops types during my career. I say this not to demean but as high praise: At root, they are just normal guys. They aren’t supermen, they aren’t automatons or machines or extraordinary in any way…except in the fact that they are absolutely committed, devoted and determined in their quest to be THE BEST at what they do. And they succeed.
It’s the very fact of their fundamental humanity that makes their dedication and sheer grit so worthy of respect. It isn’t that they are physically more capable than any of the rest of us. It’s that they work so hard and so ruthlessly to eke out the last possible microscopic measure of potential from themselves. For most of us, it’s not that we don’t have the capability or capacity to reach the pinnacles of excellence that they achieve…it’s that we simply don’t have the will. They do. And that’s what stands them apart from lesser men.
I’m proud to have known some of them and to have had the honor to call them friend, and shipmate.