It is not difficult to refute this claim on the ground
of its unfairness. For all pirates seize places belonging to others and turn
them into strongholds from which to harry their neighbors. But a man who should
defeat and punish pirates would surely be unreasonable, if he said that the
stolen property wrongfully held by them passed thereby into his own possession.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1930.
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