Saturday, November 22, 2008

Playing Cat-and-Mouse with a Few Somali Pirates

Here's how to solve the Somali pirate problem. Allow merchant ships to arm themselves, because government navies (just like the police in your city) aren't going to be there to protect you from the bad guys:

British Royal Navy Commodore Keith Winstanley, deputy commander of the Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East, said he feared no amount of coalition forces would be sufficient to secure the 2.5 million sq nautical miles of the Gulf of Aden, let alone the Indian Ocean waters where the supertanker was seized. “The pirates will go somewhere we are not,” he said. “If we patrol the Gulf of Aden then they will go to Mogadishu. If we go to Mogadishu, they will go to the Gulf of Aden.”

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