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A Pirate’s Life For Me

Posted by redsatellite on November 19, 2008

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me
We pillage plunder, we rifle and loot

Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho
We kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho

SAY WHAT? Yah. Apparently, taking on the job of a pirate has become quite lucrative. In Somalia, it’s a booming business.

Somali pirates struck again yesterday, seizing an Iranian cargo ship holding 30,000 tonnes of grain, as the world’s governments and navies pronounced themselves powerless against this new threat to global trade.

Admiral Michael Mullen, the US military chief, pronounced himself stunned by the pirates’ reach after their capture of the supertanker Sirius Star and its $100 million (£70 million) cargo.
The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, the owner of the ship, condemned the hijacking as an “outrageous act” that required international action.

You GOTTA be kidding me.

Roger Middleton, a Horn of Africa specialist at the Chatham House think-tank, said that the capture was a crucial escalation. “Now that they have shown they are able to seize an enormous ship like this, it is beyond a military solution. You won’t fix this without a political solution.”

The limitations of naval action are refocusing international attention on the conflict within Somalia, where the rule of warlords, the lack of a functioning government and resulting anarchy have spawned the piracy epidemic.

Oh brother….nothing like a passive response to an aggressive problem. Forget the Horn of Africa…the pirates know it for what it is- the Horn of PLENTY. 

Gee….let’s all gnash our teeth, ring our hands, and sleep a little less at night. Let’s point fingers and discuss and debate and….and…and well….let’s express outrage! Meanwhile, these same pirates are building MANSIONS (yes…you read that right) and driving SUVs in their hometown of Eyl from the ransom money.

In recent years, piracy has become Eyl’s main industry, with the buccaneers’ vast profits paying for sprawling mansions and expensive cars. Piracy is now so slick in Eyl that special restaurants have been set up to prepare European food for crews of hijacked vessels.

The gangs know it is in their best interests to keep crews safe and well to secure the highest possible ransoms.

The whole Puntland region benefits from the maritime crimewave, but it is the few dozen pirates – mostly aged 20 to 35 – who actually take to the high seas that gain the richest rewards.

Abdi Farah Juha, who lives in the regional capital, Garowe, said: “They wed the most beautiful girls; they are building big houses; they have new cars; new guns.” He added: “They have money; they have power and they are getting stronger by the day.”

Trust me…I couldn’t possibly make this up.

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