Originally Posted by phiend
No they see these ships as the only source of income possible. I wouldn't call getting shot at by SEAL snipers or French military helicopters an easy target. They know the risks and still attack. Until they can obtain money elsewhere they will continue to engage in piracy. If you arm the ships, they'll arm themselves better and or attack in larger groups using more boats. As of yet, there has been little loss of life, the addition of weapons to the ships will only cause death for both sides.
Do you know how hard it is to board a ship when 10 snipers are picking you off on the ladder?
It's pretty hard.
More enemy boats doesn't guarantee victory. Sometimes, a smaller, properly trained force of a few can hold it down quite effectively. Didn't you see 300?