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Dealing with Piracy

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By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

 


Published: December 10, 2008

UNITED NATIONS — In an effort to curb piracy off Somalia’s coast, the United States began circulating a Security Council resolution on Wednesday that would significantly beef up interdiction efforts by permitting foreign forces to attack pirate bases on land.


Until now all military action has been focused on naval measures, so the proposal to carry the fight ashore is an escalation opposed by some countries skittish about sovereignty issues. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected at the Security Council early next week to engage other foreign ministers from member states on piracy, among other matters.


The United States envoy Alejandro D. Wolff said that given the threat the pirates pose to international navigation and to the government of Somalia, “We will leave no stone unturned in dealing with this issue.” Any military action on land would be undertaken with the agreement of Somalia’s government, he said.


The Somalian ambassador to the United Nations could not be reached for comment, but the beleaguered government has generally supported any action against the pirates.


Diplomats who have seen the American draft said it speaks of taking “all necessary measures ashore in Somalia,” including air attacks, to prevent piracy. It also calls for the creation of a central clearing house in the region for information about the pirates and discourages the payment of ransom for captured ships.


Opposition came on two grounds. Some diplomats said the Security Council had not done enough to bring stability to Somalia, which they called the root cause of the problem. U. Joy Ogwe, the Nigerian ambassador, said that while African states supported measures to fight piracy, “It is because we are not engaged on the ground that we see so much threat on the seas.”


In addition, some opponents said enough concessions had already been made in allowing foreign powers to encroach on Somalia’s territorial waters.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I guess when the pirates hijack more or enough of different foreign ships then, a collaborated effort of countries will engage in patrolling the seas near Somalia or fighting them. Do they have a death penalty for piracy?


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

To me the solution is simple - no Somalia vessels in international waters.  Sink every Somalia vessel more that 12 miles from the coast, this includes the fishing boats as they cart the pirates around.  I bet you wouldn't have to sink more that 3 or 4 before the pirates decided to stay home.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I see on the news today that the captain has been freed and is on a US Navy ship, and several pirates have been killed.  I always like a story with a happy ending.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

In "those" days pirates were hung on the spot or executed in some fashion. Might be a good time to go back to the roots.

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Rated +1 | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Congratulations to the U.S. Navy and the SEAL snipers that ensured the captain is safe...


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