During the past year, Somali pirates have enjoyed a field day grabbing ships, holding hostages and securing millions of dollars in ransom payments. For some reason, the world believes the solution to kidnapping is to give in to thugs. Suggestions that ships be armed have been met with cries about liability and insurance costs. It is difficult to believe in the modern world there is no capacity on the part of governments to develop a fund to pay for costs of sailors defending their ships, but this is a time of fear and anxiety. Captain Richard Philips, who was captured by pirates who then found themselves out of fuel and drifting, was finally freed by a naval operation carried out by the American navy. Three pirates were killed, one captured and Phillips was unharmed.
How about responding to pirates in the same manner Thomas Jefferson dealt with the Barbary Pirates. Send in the Marines.