Tag Archives: piracy

Who’s the real pirate?

As a firm believer in root cause analysis and objectivity I’m troubled to learn I may have jumped too quickly in some previous posts.

I’ve complained about Somalian piracy here and there along with what looked like a halfhearted effort at dealing with it.  I was definitely outraged that the world was apparently allowing a ragtag assembly of hoodlums to control the Gulf of Aden.

But now I read a piece in The Independent by Johann Hari that goes deeper than its siblings on CNN.  Hari claims to have access to evidence of nuclear waste dumping and overfishing by Europeans off the coast of Somalia, and that the recent spate of john boat piracy (at least in large part) is a furious response to those egregious affronts.

If Hari’s allegations are correct, I’m truly appalled, embarrassed and outraged myself.  What’s broadly labelled as piracy may well have originated as freedom-fighter style defensive measures to rid a troubled nation of unwelcome intruders.

So where is the United Nations in all of this?  If the origins of the piracy are as deliberately shrouded by media as Hari asserts, can we even trust the UN anyway?

It’s not easy to admit that I may have been wrong, but I’m certainly not opining further until I am more sure one way or the other what is going on in East Africa…

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From piracy to policy

Yesterday I vented on the distressing Somalia piracy issue, and complained about the passive-aggressive policy employed up to this point as a response.

Lo and behold, today I run across this CNN article which indicates a significant change in the US stance.  We are now proposing a multinational approach that includes land incursions.

I’d like to think my little bit influenced the decision but I have to live in reality.  Anyway, the reconsideration at least looks promising; here’s hoping that whatever actions are carried out target the proper parties and don’t get into any collateral damage.  The last thing the US needs is another ostensibly humanitarian effort turning into a global public relations fiasco…