But you can't win this conflict on the sea, you have to destroy the nest
that's on land.
They've got one survivor. He can be encouraged to divulge their home port
which, about a half-hour later, should cease to exist. That's what we did in
1802 and 1907. That's what we should do now.
Roosevelt: "The American people want Pedicaris alive or Raisuli dead...The
fate of the nation will be decided by the American people in November, and
the fate of Morocco will be decided tomorrow by me. And now, if you don't
mind, I'd just like to be alone with my bear!"
They're probably spread out along the coast in all sorts of little hidden
I believe that during WWII we had some special ships, just looked like
ordinary merchant ships but with concealed armaments. Should deploy a few
of those, wait for the pirates to turn up and blow the bastards out of the
water - no questions asked.
Firearms leave a trail.
Give me a vessel equipped as a fire boat.
Wash the decks CLEAN with 1,500 GMM from an 8" nozzle.
About like washing bug splatter from the windshield of your car.
Ship would be clean with nothing to trace except sea water and you're
providing something for the sharks to investigate.
What happened to all those guys from Blackwater? Arene't a lot of
them unemployed these days? How much could it cost to put a few of
them on a merchant ship, with armament of their choice?
Reply-to address is real
U.S. Constitution, Section 8
The Congress shall have the power... To ... grant Letters of Marque and
* A letter of marque is an official warrant or commission from a government
authorizing the designated agent to search, seize, or destroy specified
assets or personnel belonging to a foreign party which has committed some
offense under the laws of nations against the assets or citizens of the
issuing nation, and has usually been used to authorize private parties to
raid and capture merchant shipping of an enemy nation...
Which nest - the one near Mudug or the ones at the other end of that
location's (satellite) internet connection?
Hmm - and how many hostages will that kill?
CERN has satellite views available at
and I imagine the DOD birds provide considerably more detail.
Perhaps it might be more productive to follow the internet traffic and
the money - and then quietly convert the money-movers and the
weapons-dealers to chum.
Killing bankers won't stop the piracy. You have to cut the head off
of the snake and wipe the nest out.
The area has been a cess pool for years. The war lords killed off the
government and then couldn't decide who or how to run a government.
I say start them over.
Morris Dovey wrote:
Then it'd be a good idea to identify the "head of the snake". Somehow I
doubt that it's the grunts out on the water.
There have been over $60 million dollars in ransoms paid by shipping
companies. Those funds have been converted to spendable form by
/someone/ and again, I doubt it's the grunts out on the water.
I don't care if it's the Russian mafia or an exec at Credit Suisse -
whoever it is is (to my way of thinking, YMMV) is an accomplice to the
piracies, and should be held to account for their participation.
There is apparently some reason to believe that the pirate operations
have been funded at least in part by wealthy parties - and should that
be proven true, I think that their complete assets should be taken to
compensate first the shipping companies for the ransoms and losses due
to having their vessels out of service, secondly the hostage crew
members for their time in captivity, and thirdly any assets left over
should be used under UN supervision to improve conditions in Somalia -
perhaps starting with repatriation and restoration of some semblance of
normal (pre-genocide) life in the Darfur region.
That's a tall order and much easier said than done. Are you ready to
spend the next ten years of /your/ life "starting them over"? Are you
prepared to require your offspring to pay for you to make that effort?
If not, then it might be helpful if you'd explain more clearly what you
meant, who's to do that job, and how it's going to be funded.
You're correct, but...
I'm not sure that borders have a great deal to do with any of what's
going on in the region, other than to excuse non-pursuit across
boundaries of those folks who've decided that rule of law doesn't solve
their problems or meet their needs. The importance that westerners
attach to national boundaries is not universal.
The piracy problem in Somalia bears more than just a passing resemblance
to the (foreign) oil producer extortions and kidnappings still farther
west. It doesn't take much imagination to find elements of these
behavioral modes in activities like the Nigerian internet-based scams.
Different perps, but (IMO) similarly rooted in a desperate notion that
in order to get one's "fair share" of the planet's wealth, one must
wrest it from those who appear to have more than their share.
It struck me some time ago that anyone with a healthy family and a full
belly was unlikely to pick up a gun or strap on a suicide vest.
I don't think removing four Somali pirates (or even blowing up a pirate
HQ) is going to produce any noticeable change.
Along with playing whack-a-mole with zero-sum predators, we might better
serve everyone (including ourselves) by finding more effective permanent
solutions to the healthy family and full belly problems.
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