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The Evolution of Piracy in Somalia

BlueMax372 2012/08/09 12:31:19
Maritime piracy emanating from the Somali coast came to the world's notice abruptly in late 2008 with the hijacking of the M/V Faina, which was carrying a cargo of heavy weapons, and the Saudi oil tanker M/V Sirius Star, which was subsequently ransomed for millions of dollars.

Since that time, the international community and maritime industry have worked together to combat this menace that is threatening global trade, regional security, and Somalia's own recovery from two decades of devastating internal conflict and repeated humanitarian disasters.

Somali piracy is a particularly ugly form of hostage taking for ransom, victimizing both the seafarers and families whose lives are disrupted and sometimes destroyed by their brutal captivity and the ship-owners and shipping countries that deliver cargo ranging from food aid destined for the some of the world's poorest populations to goods upon which the global economy depends.

The concerted international response to this plague has yielded impressive results. Nations, coalitions and alliances mounted naval counter-piracy patrols at sea that have disrupted countless attacks and made specific sea lanes much safer to travel.

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  • Chi~Cat 2012/08/09 16:24:22
    Chi~Cat
    +5
    Kudos to the international community for the 70% reduction in attacks, however, it is obvious that these 'pirates' are getting their information from someone within 'somewhere'. Time to crack some skulls in those high places as well.

    The utilization of dhows is pretty clever, as they do blend in with the fishing boats and are swift and more manuervable than the prior boats of choice. Let's see how long that lasts.

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  • seadog6608PWCM 2012/08/13 04:26:56
  • BlueMax372 seadog6... 2012/08/14 02:06:45
    BlueMax372
    +1
    Lotta work to bail those skows! LOL!
  • dick 2012/08/11 16:29:43
    dick
    +2
    They need to execute them on the spot if they really want to stop this kind of crap from happening there is no point to saving them for later and thinking they will be good people that is like putting a quart of sour milk in the fridge and thinking it will taste better later we don't have a shortage of violant criminals in the world and never will!
  • BlueMax372 dick 2012/08/11 23:57:39
    BlueMax372
    +1
    Give me a few good men (and women) with chain saws and we can create such a shortage!
  • CHUCK 2012/08/10 01:40:14
  • Theresa 2012/08/09 17:41:16
    Theresa
    +3
    Until they sink any attacking vessel the ships will be attacked!
  • BUCCANE... Theresa 2012/08/09 18:52:41
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Under EU law the RN after "arresting" some had to give them refreshments,a medical check up and,wait for it safe passage!!,guess where some ended up
  • Theresa BUCCANE... 2012/08/09 19:09:21
    Theresa
    +3
    Sickening! Blow up their vessels!
  • BUCCANE... Theresa 2012/08/09 20:08:39 (edited)
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    Can't do that under EU law,it would offend their "human rights"!!,that's socio liberalism for you
  • Theresa BUCCANE... 2012/08/09 20:11:35
    Theresa
    +3
    That is why you ignore the Euro weenies and declare the laws of the seas from the 1500's!
  • BUCCANE... Theresa 2012/08/09 20:12:47
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Tell our gutless lib minded poof loving politocos that!
  • Theresa BUCCANE... 2012/08/09 20:13:51
    Theresa
    +3
    Oh well that is a lost cause!
  • Chi~Cat 2012/08/09 16:24:22
    Chi~Cat
    +5
    Kudos to the international community for the 70% reduction in attacks, however, it is obvious that these 'pirates' are getting their information from someone within 'somewhere'. Time to crack some skulls in those high places as well.

    The utilization of dhows is pretty clever, as they do blend in with the fishing boats and are swift and more manuervable than the prior boats of choice. Let's see how long that lasts.
  • Dark Kn... Chi~Cat 2012/08/09 16:40:08
    Dark Knight
    +4
    Shoot to kill.
  • Chi~Cat Dark Kn... 2012/08/09 16:43:58
    Chi~Cat
    +5
    Got that right, Poppy~
  • Ben 2012/08/09 13:40:29
    Ben
    +4
    And of course, you find some more traditional pirates in Somalia too...
    south park pirates
  • BUCCANE... Ben 2012/08/09 18:49:46
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    And even more in London,living in social housing at the Brit tax payers expense
  • average... BUCCANE... 2012/08/10 06:34:33
    average Joe blow
    +3
    Our country has relocated a few hundred thousand Somalies such as the case here.
  • BUCCANE... average... 2012/08/10 06:53:07
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Crazy,isn't it? one can but wonder the reason for it
  • BlueMax372 BUCCANE... 2012/08/10 16:02:39
    BlueMax372
    +2
    They'll likely vote for the Kenyan.
  • BUCCANE... BlueMax372 2012/08/10 17:56:33
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Almost gauranteed!
  • average... BUCCANE... 2012/08/10 16:56:49
    average Joe blow
    +2
    The government is run by huge corporations like Tyson foods {the somalies are cheap labor} others are Monsanto, General electric, dont forget the largest Banks
    are also in partnership with each other. Its truly a global economy and
    nwo at work.
  • Ben BUCCANE... 2012/08/10 08:49:57
    Ben
    +3
    We've had pirates living at one particular address for decades stealing our money:

    10 downing street
  • BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/09 12:38:41
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +5
    The Russkies have the right idea!

  • Chi~Cat BUCCANE... 2012/08/09 16:25:15
    Chi~Cat
    +4
    Love your thinking, Bucc!
  • Dark Kn... BUCCANE... 2012/08/09 16:39:42
    Dark Knight
    +5
    We should do the same.

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