"The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now," Hussein, a pirate, told Reuters by satellite phone. http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE53A1LP20090412?sp=true
The Pirate Hussein’s statement constitutes an assault on the American and French peoples according to the legal definition of assault supplied by nolo.com http://www.nolo.com/definition.cfm/term/22542b6f-fedb-450a-889a82a49ea50ceb/alpha/a/ :
A crime that occurs when one person tries to physically harm another in a way that makes the person under attack feel immediately threatened. Actual physical contact is not necessary; threatening gestures that would alarm any reasonable person can constitute an assault.
There was no indication at the time whether Hussein the Somali Pirate and Barack Hussein Obama the Chicago Socialist Pirate were related.
Of course the right to self-defense is recognized even in the fuzzy codicils of international law. The kudos the Obama administration garners from the successful termination of the Mersk Alabama hostage crisis (and the pirates who initiated it) should provide the impetus to take pre-emptive measures of self-defense. This would include the destruction of Somali ports like Eyl http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2009/04/10/2009-04-10_piracy_boon_to_somalia_economy.html where cadres of accountants, publicists and gold-digging women have shown up in search of a cut of the pirate booty. Eliminating terrorist training camps for Al Qaeda cells and the home-grown Men-Causing-Disasters http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/napolitano_terrorism/2009/03/23/194888.html led by Aden Hashi Ayro http://www.cfr.org/publication/10781/ would be a fruitful by-product of de-nesting these water-rats.
If Obama wants to counter the feeble impression left by his first 80 days of diplomatic wobble http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/adavid/2009/04/02/the-world-and-barack-obama%E2%80%99s-weakness/ , he should take the following three words of advice when pre-empting future Somali piracy:
Shock and awe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83Smjn9wou8 .