I don't know where you got the 'shiver me timbers' bit from my post but I think that what you've posted is a potentially very dangerous view.
You state that they are vermin, imply that they are subhuman, and that you are OK with whatever 'anyone does to them'. I really hope that this is a mis-post and not meant to be taken at face value because it's early and not actually what you wanted to say, I really hope that these are not the views of a serving armed UK police officer. From your post you have just condoned torture, you have just justified the point of view that encourages another Abu Ghraib incident in the future. Look up the Stanford Prison Experiment if you want to see how things get out of hand very quickly.
We need to keep hold of our civilization and humanity when dealing with these people otherwise we become the 'savages' (or at least our armed forces do in our name) and have even more problems in the future. If we refer to the pirates as less than human it's a very short step to also include people related to them in the same way, and from there the label will end up being used further afield too.
Quight right Gordon what was I thinking, they should be given a jolly good telling off and be forced...sorry...asked...to pay compensation at a rate of 50p a month!
Just to be clear, yes I do believe pirates are scum and vermin. Don't forget Somali pirates killed a Brit and kidnapped his wife back in September. In February they murdered 4 American hostages and those are just the first two examples google threw up for me. So I say again, I have no sympathy for this sort of murdering scum. You may be willing to tolerate such behaviour in the name of being civilised but I am not. When you start executing hostages you throw away the rule book and in my opinion (yes Gordon my opinion, hope you're not too worried by it) they deserve whatever they get.
Perhaps if you were a relative of one of the people they butchered you'd have a different opinion!
As for me being a serving police officer, how is that relevant? I have my opinions just like everyone else, but just because I don't shed a tear when a pirate gets a taste of his own medicine this is worrying? When I start hunting pirates when i'm on duty then you can worry but i'll say it again, we're all entitled to our own private opions whatever job we do!