Pirates going for the throat to get their ransom was a common practice, and not limited to the old days. The lure of potential treasure was fueled by their best friend Greed, who knew no satisfaction.
Treasures heaped and overflown from old chests and trunks were the fantasy their souls desired. Unstoppable when in pursuit of their ransom, pirates would not back down from conquering others as they went to war to compete for the treasure load.
Hundreds of years has past and it really is no different today with those who compete for treasure. Although they may not yield swords modern pirates still go for the throat as they war against one another for pirates ransom. Unlike the ancient pirates who rarely claimed treasures of vast proportions, pirates ransom today is not in the millions, but far into the billions! Argh!