From an article in the Toronto Star newspaper:
( http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/620572 )
"Where the United States has crack Navy SEAL snipers and French
commandos storm hijacked boats with guns blazing, Canada's
contribution to the small NATO anti-piracy force carries a handmade
stop sign, written in Somali and affixed to its helicopter's machine
gun, to warn legitimate fishermen and make ransom-hungry pirates think
"Before we start killing people, or shooting people, we want to make
sure that we've given them an opportunity to stop what they're doing,
if they haven't actually done an attack yet," Cmdr. Craig Baines told
the Star in one of several interviews from the Gulf of Aden."
A mole, inside the military department which deals with tactics like
this, tells me that they are working feverishly on newer, more
powerful signs as the War On Pirates escalates. Under consideration
are such explosive new signs as:
STOP! Please reconsider.
STOP, You may not want to do this.
STOP. We'll get mad at you!
and the most powerful of all : NOW you've done it!! (Notice the double-