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Bright Yacht Owners Sail Off East Africa Coast-Guess What?

I am an inhabitant of planet Earth which means I know something concerning what is occurring on this war plagued piece of land. Paul and Rachel Chandler, two English people who I assume are also inhabitants of this planet and have a tiny bit of knowledge about world affairs have a yacht. Well, it was vacation time and like good yacht people they decided to head for a nice warm climate. Did they go to sunny Italy? Or the coast of Turkey? Of course not, they are yacht owners and have the right to go anywhere they darn please. So, the yacht owners headed for the east coast of Africa and wandered around the coast line of Tanzania. Surprise. They were captured by Somali pirates and their yacht was last seen heading back to Somalia while towing the skiff which most probably contained the pirates who captured their ship.

I sometimes wonder how people think. Who in their right mind would be anywhere near the east coast of Africa, particularly, within 700 hundred miles of Somali pirates!! Yes, they are prisoners. Yes, they will be ransomed. Yes, they are not the two brightest people on this planet.

Barbary Pirates Redeux?

The recent incident in which American snipers killed three Somalian pirates has aroused the anger of these gangsters of the sea. “We will seek out the Americans and if we capture them we will slaughter them,” said a cocky 25 year-old. He boasted that pirates would be on guard for any American vessel and will track them down and kill all crew members. Earlier last week, French forces launched an attack on a pirate ship and captured 11 of the militants. There is no doubt pirates are an outgrowth of the collapsed nation of Somalia since no government exists which can wipe out pirate sites. A major problem also stems from refusal of ship owners to place armed guards on their ships due to fear of insurance costs.

In the early 1800s, American Marines stormed the beaches of North Africa and wiped out many Barbary pirates and halted their attacks. We are in the 21st century and lack the will to arm ships and confront these thugs. In the majority of pirate attacks a small group sends rockets or grenades toward a ship and then boards it. Certainly, three or four armed guards could readily handle these types of attacks. Why must insurance costs always get in the way of doing the right thing?

Hey Matey–We’re After Pirates Of Somalia

American sailors will soon be standing on the deck of ships whose sails will billow in the wind while the sabres are drawn and landing hooks prepared to assault pirates lurking below in swift boats. The UN has passed a resolution allowing intensive military action against Somalia pirates who pushed the envelope of piracy a bit too much. Vice Admiral Bill Gortney is prepared for action. “We’re going to aggressively go after these pirates” once the legal system of courts centered in Kenya are ready to go in prosecuting the daring Somalians. Gortney noted there is still uncertainty regarding the rules of engagement and are there limits as to the power to be used in destroying the pirates.

Up to this point the international community has been uncertain as to what could be done to end piracy. The UN resolution apparently authorizes attacking pirates both on sea as well as on land and this could result in destruction of their home bases. An interesting problem is where are captured pirates kept while waiting for trial?

Hopefully, a war against pirates will not entail the Bush fiasco of establishing a gulag to hold those deemed enemies of the state.

China Getting Serious About Pirates

A bunch of pirates operating out of Somalia have ground to a halt the navies of most nations of the world. China, apparently, is getting tired of being pushed around by these two bit criminals and is ready to dispatch naval ships to take on the pirates of Somalia. It is rather amazing that America spends over $600 billion on its military but a handful of men zooming around in small boats can reduce world powers to helplessness. The real question is what exactly will additional Chinese naval vessels do if stationed off the coast of Somalia. It is estimated pirates this year have collected $120 million in extortion for the ships they capture.

Perhaps, the famed US Marines could detach a thousand men who could swoop in and wipe out the pirates of Somalia. Or, perhaps, Chinese Marines could handle the job. The entire situation off the coast of Somalia has become comic opera. Or, perhaps, the Marx Brothers could be resurrected and allow Groucho to handle the situation.