EU warships are beginning anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.
RTÉ News: EU naval operation to counter piracy
We are told there is no such thing as an EU Army.
So who is driving the boats? Or have the silly media got it all wrong again?
Just under two hours after this thread was opened, and we are claiming no credit for this, RTÉ deleted the opening line of their report quoted above, and replaced it with this:
The EU has agreed to launch an anti-piracy naval operation off the coast of Somalia involving ships and aircraft from several nations.
Whatever prompted that editorial move, the use of the term 'EU warships' in connection with this expedition is widespread in the international media. See also here
EU Warships - Google search
Cannot see anything on rte.ie.
What overblown nonsense! Aggrandizing swatting some pirates to a "State of War with an irregular armed force". Doubtless if a team of EU exterminators travel to help with a bug infestation outside the EU borders, there will be pompous demands to know who declared war on our behalf against the Roach Nation.Are we now Legitimate Targets?:shock:
Seriously though as part of the EU we are now in a State of War with an irregular armed force
How long before we have a conflict with the regular armed Forces of a 'rogue' State?
Doesn't the EU have some Committee for the War on Terror? If not, shouldn't it?That's not the point
- they can blow the s.hit out of the pirates for all I care
The point is the EU is now at War with them
We may well be deploying naval forces in the near future to back them up
So who declared War on our behalf?
That would be the Political and Security Committee (PSC)Doesn't the EU have some Committee for the War on Terror? If not, shouldn't it?
There is some civilian command structure over the EU warships and what the Times today calls EU helicopter gunships.
Máire Geoghagan Quinn?
Thank you Earnest.
I think it is good the EU and NATO are working more closely. It allows a quasi democratic institution to have some vision over NATO. Ireland needs to come from the shadows and pin her coat to the wall.
Here we goPiracy is a terrible scourge and has to be completely wiped out. These criminals have to be taught in the severest way possible that they cannot interfere with legitimate international shipping and get away with it. They have to learn that the EU will come down on them like a ton of bricks if they do not desist. TV pictures of destroyed bases, sinking and burning pirate vessels and lots of dead pirates are what is required. The EU navies have the resources to do just that and should get on with the job ASAP.
They will need to do a deal with the French or the British to provide replenishments.
When it comes to military matters in Western Europe and the EU, Britain and France are the only two which matter. Everyone else just does the paperwork.They will need to do a deal with the French or the British to provide replenishments.
Well that's not true is it? I am sure the families of Dutch, Italian and German soldiers who have died in Afghanistan don't see it that way. Those of other countries likewise.When it comes to military matters in Western Europe and the EU, Britain and France are the only two which matter. Everyone else just does the paperwork.
Also, Britain is considering leaving the European Defence Agency.