Somalia’s Millionaire “Pirates” has captured some revealing images of those persons accused of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the concerted response by European and US military forces.  Of course, they’re responding to the wrong issue.  These nations are colluding to make criminals whole and continue the violations of Somalian sovereignty.  It’s amazing what “white” folks can do when they get together.  All of this collaboration is making me think of the Scramble for Africa precipitated by the Berlin Conference of 1884-5.

The images don’t match the story — nor does this story clarify the nature of this conflict.

Somalia's Millionaire PiratesSomalia’s Millionaire Pirates

It would be a lot cheaper for the US if President Obama ordered (and I mean ordered) the European nations and firms that have illegally dumped waste and illegally fished in these waters to make restitution — and strictly forbade them from such future operations until such time as a sovereign and stabilized Somalian government was capable of maintaining the integrity of its own waters.

He’d do it for Israel.   (I did the honors of posting the comment section.  It demonstrates how easily Americans are duped into believing stories that are incoherent and absurd.  Americans actually believe that Somalis just recently decided to start jacking ships for no particular reason at all — save for making a little loot.  HL Mencken knew the scoop.)

Here is an image of a ransom drop — photo by the US Navy.


Ransom Drop - Redemption of Commericial Shipping Criminals


The crew of the hijacked Ukrainian merchant vessel MV Faina stand on the deck, under the watch of armed Somali pirates on November 9 after a US Navy request to check on their health and welfare, at sea off the coast of Somalia.


Pirates of Somalia
Somali pirates continue their attacks against international ships in and around the Gulf of Aden, despite the deterrent of stepped-up international naval escorts and patrols – and the increased failure rate of their attacks. Under agreements with Somalia, the U.N, and each other, ships belonging to fifteen countries now patrol the area. Somali pirates – who have won themselves nearly $200 million in ransom since early 2008 – are being captured more frequently now, and handed over to authorities in Kenya, Yemen and Somalia for trial. Collected here are some recent photos of piracy off the coast of Somalia, and the international efforts to rein it in. (30 photos total)

Pirates flee from the German navy as the frigate Rheinland-Pfalz intercepted them in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast on March 3, 2009. The German navy detained nine people on March 3, 2009 after they tried to attack a German merchant ship, German media reported. (REUTERS/Bundeswehr)

This handout photo shows Somali pirates hijacking the MV Faina, a cargo ship owned and operated by Kaalbye Shipping Ukraine on September 25, 2008. The pirates ultimately released the MV Faina and its cargo of 33 Soviet-era T-72 tanks plus other weapons on February 5, 2009 following a ransom payment of $3.2 million, a local man who helped negotiate the deal said. (REUTERS/U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs/Handout/Files) #

In this photo released by the United States Navy, Somali pirates holding the merchant vessel MV Faina stand on the deck of the ship after a U.S. Navy request to check on the health and welfare of the ship’s crew in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia. (AP Photo/U.S.Navy, Petty Officer Jason Zalasky) #

The crew of the hijacked Ukrainian merchant vessel MV Faina stand on the deck, under the watch of armed Somali pirates on November 9 after a US Navy request to check on their health and welfare, at sea off the coast of Somalia. (HO/AFP/Getty Images) #

A French Atlantic plane passes over the French Frigate Le Floreal of the EPE (Embedded Protection Team), in the Gulf of Aden on January 10, 2009, as they escort a Danish ship with sensitive freight, off the coast of Djibouti, as part of an assignment to escort commercial ships in this area. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Suspected pirates keep their hands in the air as directed by sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) (not shown), in the Gulf of Aden, February 11, 2009. A multinational naval force seized the seven suspected pirates in the first such action in its anti-piracy campaign, the U.S. Navy said. (REUTERS/Jason R. Zalasky/U.S. Navy/Handout) #

Search and seizure team members from the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf close in to apprehend suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden February 11, 2009. The Vella Gulf is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multi-national task force conducting counterpiracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. (Jason R. Zalasky/AFP/Getty Images) #

French frigate, Le Floreal watches over the Danish ship “Puma” which is carrying sensitive cargo, on January 11, 2009, in the Gulf of Aden. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

The MV Sirius Star is observed at anchor by the US Navy on January 9, 2009 following an apparent payment via a parachuted container to pirates holding the Sirius Star. Suspected pirates can be seen on deck an up in the command center. (David B. Hudson/AFP/Getty Images) #

A parachute dropped by a small aircraft is observed by the U.S. Navy as it drops over the MV Sirius Star during an apparent payment via a parachuted container to pirates holding the Sirius Star off the coast of Somalia, January 9, 2009. Somali pirates then freed the Saudi supertanker seized in the world’s biggest ship hijacking for a $3 million ransom – but five drowned when their boat capsized as they were making off with their share. (REUTERS/David B. Hudson/U.S. Navy photo/Handout) #

Flying on board a Panther helicopter dispatched from the French frigate, Le Floreal, a crew member watches a commercial ship during a supervision mission on January 11, 2009, in the Gulf of Aden. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Search and seizure team members from the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf close in to apprehend suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden February 12, 2009. (Jason R. Zalasky/AFP/Getty Images) #

Commandos from French frigate Le Floreal arrest nine Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden in this January 27, 2009 photo released on Wednesday by the French Navy. As foreign navies fight increasingly brazen gangs that hijack commercial vessels in busy shipping lanes. France has captured 57 pirates in seven such operations since last April. (HO/Reuters) #

This photo taken Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 and provided by French Defense Ministry shows suspected pirates, intercepted by Marine commandos of the French Navy in the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia coasts. French government officials say the Jean de Vienne intercepted and captured 19 pirates Sunday as they tried to take over two cargo ships, one Croatian and the other Panamanian. (AP Photo/French Navy/French Defense Ministry/HO) #

Picture released by the German Bundeswehr on March 4, 2009 shows Bundeswehr soldiers approaching pirates in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia on March 3, 2009, after frigate Rheinland-Pfalz (background) had received a distress call from a German-owned container ship saying she was under fire from pirates armed with bazookas and machine guns. The frigate then dispatched a helicopter which together with another chopper from the US naval ship Monterey stopped the attempted attack by firing warning shots. German soldiers boarded the pirate vessel and took the nine into custody, the German military said. (BUNDESWEHR/AFP/Getty Images) #

German navy from frigate Rheinland-Pfalz detain pirates in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast on March 3, 2009, in this picture made available on March 4, 2009. (REUTERS/Bundeswehr) #

A Somali pirate captured in the Gulf of Aden is handed over by the French forces to the Puntland marine officials in the northern port town of Bosasso, Somalia on January 29, 2009. The French navy handed over nine suspected pirates to the authorities in Puntland. (REUTERS/Abdiqani Hassan) #

Suspected Somali pirates are seen after they were captured by Marine commandos of the French Navy in the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia’s coast Thursday Jan. 29, 2009. (AP Photo) #

A rusty Kalashnikov assault rifle, confiscated from pirates detained by German navy from frigate Rheinland-Pfalz in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast on March 3, 2009, in this picture made available on March 4, 2009. The German navy detained nine people on March 3, 2009 after they tried to attack a German merchant ship, German media reported. (REUTERS/Bundeswehr) #

Somali pirates captured in the Gulf of Aden are presented to the Puntland marine forces in the northern port town of Bosasso, Somalia on March 2, 2009. U.S. forces handed over nine pirates to Somali authorities of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland on Monday, said local official. (REUTERS/Stringer) #

Seven Somalian pirates are led to court by Kenyan police officers on March 6, 2009 at the port town of Mombasa, Kenya. US Naval vessel VSS Leyte Gulf intercepted last month the pirates off the Somalian coast as they attempted to board a merchant vessel. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Some of the eight suspected Somali pirates at the Mombasa Law courts, Mombasa, Kenya, Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009, when the hearing of their piracy case started. The pirates were arrested early last month by naval officers from a British Naval Ship MV Knight Wave which has been on patrol along the Indian Ocean waters. Two British Naval officers were the first to give their evidence against the pirates. The hearing of the case will continue for three days.(AP Photo) #

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, ransom money is dropped near the Ukrainian cargo ship MV Faina while under observation by a U.S. Navy ship February 4, 2009 off the coast of Somalia near Hobyo. Pirates did not leave the ship until February 5. (Michael R. McCormick/U.S. Navy via Getty Images) #

The Belize flagged MV Faina is escorted by a Kenyan port authority tug vessel into the port of Mombasa, Kenya on February 12, 2009, after it was released by Somali pirates a week ago. It arrived in Mombasa amid a raging controversy over its cargo of battle tanks and ammunition. While Kenya has always said the shipment was for its armed forces, several experts and diplomats in the region have revealed it was in fact destined to the government of South Sudan and was the fifth delivery of its kind in less than two years. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Soviet made T-72 tanks sit in the hull of the Belize flagged MV Faina on February 13, 2009 at the Mombasa, Kenya harbor where it has been berthed for the last two days. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Suspected pirates wait to be moved at the port in Mombassa, Kenya, Tuesday, March 10, 2009, after they were handed over to Kenyan police by the German navy who arrested them off the coast of Somalia the previous week. The frequency of attacks has actually increased since last year: 31 reported were reported in January and February compared to 111 for the whole of 2008, but the pirates are finding it harder to seize vessels. (AP Photo) #

File picture dated April 22, 2008 shows Yemeni coast guards on standby next to the damaged Japanese tanker Takayama, that was attacked by pirates following its arrival in the southern Yemeni port of Aden. Half of the its members don’t know how to swim and they don’t have enough boats, leaving Yemen’s coast guards struggling to meet the enormous maritime challenges facing one of the world’s poorest nations; piracy. (KHALED FAZAA/AFP/Getty Images) #

German Bundeswehr soldiers approach pirates in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia on March 3, 2009, after the German frigate Rheinland-Pfalz had received a distress call from a German-owned container ship saying she was under fire from pirates armed with bazookas and machine guns. (BUNDESWEHR/AFP/Getty Images) #

German Bundeswehr soldiers apprehend pirates in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia on March 3, 2009. (BUNDESWEHR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Suspected Somali pirates sit in the dock inside a court of law in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa March 6, 2009. The United States had turned over seven suspected Somali pirates to Kenya for prosecution for the first time under a bilateral pact that opened the way for the U.S. Navy to capture pirates on the high seas. (REUTERS/Joseph Okanga) #

More links and information

Egyptians tell of ‘days of terror’ in pirate hands – IHT, 3/15

Japan sends navy to join Somalia anti-pirate patrols – Reuters, 3/13

Piracy in Somalia – Wikipedia entry

List of ships attacked by Somali pirates – Wikipedia entry

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An excellent deterrent to pirating would be the use of protected convoys. The pirates would be vastly outnumbered by a small armed force and the the shared cost by the shipping companies would be minimal.
Posted by David Vaughan March 23, 09 10:55 PM

15-20 deniz yamyami ile basa cikilamiyorsa yaziklar olsun “bu dunyada yasiyorum” diyen devlet yoneticilerine.
Posted by ersin manco March 24, 09 08:48 AM

waht you spect from them there contry been lefte with now suport from others
Posted by jamal March 24, 09 03:29 PM

Ah. I’ve found the problem.

As it currently reads:

Somali pirates continue their attacks against international ships in and around the Gulf of Aden, despite the deterrent of stepped-up international naval escorts and patrols – and the increased failure rate of their attacks. Under agreements with Somalia, the U.N, and each other, ships belonging to fifteen countries now patrol the area. Somali pirates – who have won themselves nearly $200 million in ransom since early 2008 – are being captured more frequently now, and handed over to authorities in Kenya, Yemen and Somalia for trial.

As it could read:

Somali pirates have discontinued their attacks against international ships in and around the Gulf of Aden, due to the deterrent of stepped-up international naval escorts and patrols – and the increased failure rate of their attacks. Under agreements with Somalia, the U.N, and each other, ships belonging to fifteen countries now patrol the area. Somali pirates – who have won themselves nearly $200 million in ransom since early 2008 – are being sunk with all hands.
Posted by RonF March 24, 09 03:31 PM

why not put electrified cables around ships so they cant climb aboard????
Posted by john doe March 24, 09 08:45 PM

SAVAGES! should have turned them into fish food right then and there!
Unwashed animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by HaTeMoNgeR March 25, 09 12:59 AM

somalia,,are poor country fighting 20 years place of hungrey why,you guys went to there in somalia ocean? becouse test nucler weapon? right becouse there is no goverment.somalia poeple facing to much school no life there poeple wake up everday with gun..stomach hungrey makes you steal those somalia pritaes they have family..who gonne support there familys if there is no job guys posting shit comments..dont have no idea what is going on that place,,,why in first place you guys going on somalia sea? becouse to steal the fish? well those priates are hungrey they dont work or dont got money nowhere so they need job.
Posted by Anonymous March 25, 09 04:30 AM

what’s comment nº 191?????there’s no sence…I think they must be really hungrey if the area is protected by French, German, Yemen, Kennian US ‘s navys…it’s another sad situation in this world
Posted by Alexandra March 25, 09 07:38 AM

In answer to the following from Pharm, since when does India use the german Flag (Horizontal bands from Up to down Black, red and yellow) as can be clearly be seen on picture # 92 ?
On the contrary, it’s the Bundesmarine !

Wrong Info – picture 29 is that of Indian Navy!!!!!!!!
Posted by pharm March 17, 09 02:31 AM
Posted by DELGOFFE Christian March 25, 09 10:16 AM

Reminded me of the American soliders in Iraq…
Posted by Sam March 25, 09 10:55 AM

Commercial ships should have armed personnel onboard, when they sail near Somalia. Simple as that! Shoot pirates at sight. As long as these vessels are easy prey for pirates, as long there will be piracy on Aden bay…
Posted by Finnish fisherman March 25, 09 12:57 PM

Pastafarians ?
Posted by Bluebeard March 25, 09 01:37 PM

Well done, Prirates… Defenders of Somlian Caost.
Insult only comes from the week and hopeless. Knowing little is very dangerouse… Read do not watch TV
Posted by Anonymous March 25, 09 04:37 PM

thnx the Prirates is a good people
Posted by caano geel March 26, 09 06:35 AM

Those pirates look like cab drivers… Maybe look for the guy who hires them? Just a thought.
Posted by grenouille March 26, 09 06:56 PM

Remember all of you sees you lucking important thing, 1st place why all these ships went illegal to the coast of Somalia? because they are hiding something may be putting nuclair waste or stiling fishs those poor fisher man use to fish.
These pirates they didn’t go any where else other that guarding their coast, so all these ships should stay away Somali coast if they want be safe. Catching few pirates will not stop this issue I believe.
Some of you are racist, by just reading your commetts, that show me your ignorance, so go get education to help you to be open mind
Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 01:20 AM

What is the root cause of piracy? unless that is solved no one can end the Somali pirates.
Posted by Cali March 27, 09 01:31 AM

Type your comment here…
Posted by saleebaan March 27, 09 04:09 AM

First of all we must think why they did this bad thing?
Those people are suffering from beggary. We should provide a food, cloths, medical treatment and good education to them if we dont want them new generation to be like them.
Posted by Tom March 27, 09 05:05 AM

God Bless Somalia Sae and prirates ! god bless ,,they controling our sea with those thefts who wanna steal somalia fish and test nuclear weapon somalia sea !…….God bless them somalia…i love my poeple….
Posted by marwa March 27, 09 05:51 AM

comment of 184,,,i agree with you,,,they are not pirates they are just protecting their home country illegal fishing and dumping of toxic wast
Posted by marwa March 27, 09 05:57 AM

Placed in tricky situation every human being will do what they need to survive, the whole world is in dire financial situaion because of the greedy westerners, the somali qexisted ever since this universe was created and we never had no pirates from there why now, because the europeans want to fish and dump thier toxic wast there and people over there are face with this. So when people standup and want to protect thier livelyhoods they are treaten,called pirates. Let me say this to those who want to shoot the pirates please do because next time We won’t be demanding many we will just sink your ships and we will see how cries the most
Posted by PirateSpokesPerson(PsP March 27, 09 06:44 AM

Somalia is not a poor country, its one of the richest countries in the world. Somali people they always smile and look happy, they are happiest people on earth. I live in London and see every day a lot of people in better position than those pirates, but they look distressed, depressed and worrying! Western countries used our sea as a place to dump nuclear waste and other dangerous materials. Foreign governments and international agencies armed worlords and functional leaders. They failed to provide any kind of meaningful support. They happily watched when Ethopian troops murdered and displaced thousands of my people. Please leave my country and my people alone. Let them to rebuild their country!
Posted by Abdul March 27, 09 07:40 AM

hello every body iam verry happy to hear somalian piracy becouse they protect on EUROPE AND AMERICA that they went to using force all the world including arabs all arabs africa asia AMERICA and EUROPE i realy now what they want in somalia becouse somalia and somalian are rely ganaral goo in their action to catch all the ship from USA AND europe BECOUSE That shop they were loading ok weapons from europe and usa to africa and asia iam realy want to see all somalian to be get up their country and protect all USA and EUROPE also w will tell except countries and peopes to be more attention in USA and EUROPE AND UNITED NATION be ouse UN is in USA and is offie of working in USA .EUROPE AND ISRAIL iwill se till i dead USA AND ISRAIL AND EUROPE TO BE LOST i am great happy to hear somlaian piracy and palastinian rotectionist agains WOREST PEOPLE WORL ISRAIL IS FATHER OF ALL WORRSE LIKE USA AND EUROPE
Posted by john March 27, 09 01:54 PM

They look so unorganised. I can’t believe they can hijack such big ships.
Posted by Francesco Battaglini March 27, 09 04:53 PM

are somalians the most good looking people in the world ?
Posted by eric johanson March 27, 09 08:27 PM

well, many of us could not understand. Could it be creating new jobs for some? Creating lucrative jobs for some previlleged companies. If you are French and trying to defend France, just think about 56 French boats fishing in the Somali waters. That was before France had sent the warships but now there might be hundreds. It is easy to stop the piracy but do we really want to do that?
Do not only look at the piracy but look at and think about other problems that are related to the situation such as nuclear waste dumping in the Somali coast waters while still fishing from those same waters and selling the product to the western populations. Cancer cases are significantly increased in Somalia (particularly in coast areas). That may be in correllation with the increased dumping of nuclear waste and other biohard residues in the red sea and the indian ocean waters of Somalia since the collapse of the Siad Barre government. The same situation (causing cancer to people) could apply to those areas of Europe and North America where the fish brought from the waters of Somali coasts are sold. I would suggest that we either think of ways to stop the nuclear waste dampage in those waters or not buy the fish that is brought from there. Of course, there is no way to know if we are buying products from there as it is not labeled. It is you and I who are in risk to get a detrimental disease such cancer as we buy those products.
The Western regimes are not immune but the people as individuals differ one from the other in their opinion of the situation. Some are not even aware of the whole porblem, others have ideas based on the media which might itself be biased, others are extremests, while some are well educated of the situation and concerned for both sides (the west and Somalia).
Posted by International citizen March 28, 09 03:25 AM

The comments make interesting reading. Most comments show a complete lack of even the most basic understanding what shipping is all about. Defending somalia??? Not so. When you sail between Suez canal and asia, Somalia is in no way involved. I am a sailor. Yes, i passed through the gulf of Aden recently. Yes, i have seen a ship under attack with my own eyes. Yes, i have seen the small boats. No, we are not fishing. No, we do not dump any waste. In other words: we have nothing to do with Somalia. So leave us alone. These pirates are just pirates, and nothing else. Poverty? None of my business. Solution? Ask the Indian navy. Eliminate as many of these pirates as possible. And for the USA……. They terrorise the whole worldwide shipping community with their ISPS code. Now they got some real pirates, and let them go. Gross. I am not on a ship at the moment. Even sailors go on leave once in a while.
Posted by Angry sailor March 28, 09 07:10 AM

damn! 2 40hp Yamahas on that little canoe boat! Must really fly!
Posted by lolo March 28, 09 10:41 AM

Somali pirates are my heroes, wow just amazing!
Posted by James Hamilton March 28, 09 06:29 PM

I’ve got the solution….next time, let’s just wait until the pirates approach, let them get realllllly close, and then dump the toxic waste right on them! Everybody wins!

Seriously, though, why can’t these wacky somalis stop pirating and just go back to scamming people on the internet? They’re really good at that.
Posted by lovin those wacky somalis! March 28, 09 07:57 PM

I LIKE this pirates becouse of their efforts , you know how many warships in somalia now ? there are alot of warships in Somali coast so what are they doing? Are they fighting pirates or they doing their bussines ? think again…
Posted by M gedi March 28, 09 08:25 PM

funny , and well done action ,
thanks ,
Posted by humaal March 29, 09 04:46 AM

i would like to ask a quastion to all particepent ,
who is behind of these somali pirates? ????/
Posted by humaal March 29, 09 04:49 AM

I BARDZO DOBRZE !!! Za wszyskich zaginionych i zabitych powinno sie ich nie sadzic tylko kulka i do wody!!!
Posted by Jacek March 29, 09 08:22 AM

good evening every person.i have read most of the comments written by readers but i have not understood something..we know that somalia has second largest coast in africa make sure of that.,it is struggling to live for almost 60 years after getting it’s independence from western colonization..once for the war between USSR and west and another time due to what is called war againist terrorism all of these wars are lead by united states of america.and now war againist piracy.who did choose america for leading the world..that’s question. secndly every one who follow somali situation will recognise that everything is not in the hands of somalis.
Posted by Anonymous March 29, 09 01:05 PM

#220, western are behind this, it is set up
Posted by asma March 29, 09 03:22 PM

I’m supporting them to rope the ships feeshing the somalian ocean,they don’t puy tax for our country somalia they allways feesh with out permission so if somalian cuch them it’s oki .
Posted by ali March 29, 09 03:57 PM

I am Somali and the Somali people are called Somalis NOT “Somalians” People the adjectives stright first.
Now your comments most of which crealy show your lack of understanding on the issue at hand. The pirates are robbers or thieves as there are robbers and theives in everywhere in the world. The only difference is; they are armed to the teeth and there is no government in the country that puts them out of business. Let me assure they don’t have the support of the Somali people. On the contorary, they are total disgrace to the country and the people.
Yes the Somali waters are ILLEGALLY overfished and ILLEGALLY used as toxic dumping ground and YES of these have had a devastating affect on the health and the economy of MY people. Some local fishermen have even had their nets cut by large foreign fishing-vessels and when they tried to resist got water-hosed!
The real losers here are my poor people. Sady BOTH the pirates and the westren warship are not working for the interest of the real victions-the Somali People.

In the meantime, though, comment like “217” (wrote by someone who obviously does even know the geographical location of the country and probably mistook it with Nigeria or other West African country allegedly engaged internet fraud) can occupy more valuable internet space and waste reader’s time.

217.I’ve got the solution….next time, let’s just wait until the pirates approach, let them get realllllly close, and then dump the toxic waste right on them! Everybody wins!

Seriously, though, why can’t these wacky somalis stop pirating and just go back to scamming people on the internet? They’re really good at that.

Posted by Mubarak March 30, 09 01:55 AM

before we say a word about the pirates let us consider what brought western ships into Somalian cost? why don’t you see those Chinese , Thai, Indian and many other people who are stealing Somali sea resources ? why world could n”t see those ill western countries such us America who are bring nuclear toxics into Somali water it’s clear to every body even some Asian countries are bring nuclear toxin and many other deadly toxins to Somali water where they didn’t afford to throw these toxic stuff no other place but Somalia .Somalian pirates has rights to defend their water you stupid and greedy American will finally regret
Posted by wasa america March 30, 09 10:39 AM

So amizing how this world was made!!

i wonder the people thoouse wrote these comments they ain’t imagine the problme of the country(somalia) which doesn’t have central gov’t for the last 20 f*cking years.. this problem can’t be solved untill the stability of somalia will be solved…… so the international community must concentrate this matter.
Posted by A’naan March 30, 09 12:27 PM

Several articles indicate that toxic waste of all types, nuclear, lead, etc. are being dumped by European countries into the ocean near Somalia. Afte the tsunami washed up rusting barrels of nuclear waste, people were getting sick and apparently a corrupt government is turning a blind eye to these dumpings. Likely being paid off.

Please before making trite guesses about why the pirates operate, look for the real reasons.

I am not saying toxic waste is being dumped there for sure, but this would be one very good reason for the piracy. To help pay for cleanup of the waste takes money.

The fish are likely contaminated etc. I think the pirates may have a very good reason for what they are doing. Someone more informed than I could help here with an investigative report.
Posted by Quiltskate March 30, 09 08:27 PM

To all the naysayers: do you really think they would need to be pirates if their fishing grounds and beaches weren’t being polluted by toxic waste from Western ships? Maybe if they didn’t see their children being born with severe deformaties and they were able to catch a decent amount of non-toxic fish (their only real abundant food source before the pollution), they might be able to leave the ships alone. But when you are forced to put up with this crap, after awhile you are not going to take it any more. But, just like the War For Rich Man’s Greed… ooops, sorry, the War Against Terrorism… all the Western media shows us is heroic pictures of guys dressed in camoflage gear playing the world policeman role. FFS, think about why the “pirates” are doing this rather than judging based on one-sided journalism. GO PIRATES!
Posted by Dylan March 31, 09 01:09 AM

“There are two piracies in Somalia”
A must read article if you really want to understand the piracy issue in Somali.
Mohamed Abshir Waldo has written what may be the best overview of the problem of the two piracies:
There are two piracies in Somalia, the well publicized attacks on shipping by pirates from Somalia, and the much more expensive, damaging, and long lived piracy in Somali waters, the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing fleets there from Europe, Arabia and the Far East, and the dumping of toxic waste in Somali waters. Both of these are violations of international law, but because Somalia has had no real government for close to two decades, no one has listened when Somalis ask for help with these two piracies.
The origin of the two piracies goes back to 1992 after the fall of the Gen. Siyad Barre regime and the disintegration of the Somali Navy and Police Coastguard services. Following severe draughts in 1974 and 1986, tens of thousands of nomads, whose livestock were wiped out by the draughts, were re-settled all along the villages on the long, 3300kms Somali coast. They developed into large fishing communities whose livelihood depended inshore fishing. From the beginnings of the civil war in Somalia (as early as 1991/1992) illegal fishing trawlers started to trespass and fish in Somali waters, including the 12-mile inshore artisanal fishing waters. The poaching vessels encroached on the local fishermen’s grounds, competing for the abundant rock-lobster and high value pelagic fish in the warm, up-swelling 60kms deep shelf along the tip of the Horn of Africa.
The piracy war between local fishermen and IUUs started here. Local fishermen documented cases of trawlers pouring boiling water on the fishermen in canoes, their nets cut or destroyed, smaller boats crushed, killing all the occupants, and other abuses suffered as they tried to protect their national fishing turf. Later, the fishermen armed themselves. In response, many of the foreign fishing vessels armed themselves with more sophisticated weapons and began to overpower the fishermen. It was only a matter of time before the local fishermen reviewed their tactics and modernized their hardware. This cycle of warfare has been going on from 1991 to the present. It is now developing into fully fledged, two-pronged illegal fishing and shipping piracy conflicts.
According to the High Seas Task Force (HSTF), there were over 800 IUUs fishing vessels in Somali waters at one time in 2005 taking advantage of Somalia’s inability to police and control its own waters and fishing grounds. The IUUs, which are estimated take out more than $450 million in fish value out of Somalia annually, neither compensate the local fishermen, pay tax, royalties nor do they respect any conservation and environmental regulations – norms associated with regulated fishing. It is believed that IUUs from the EU alone take out of the country more than five times the value of its aid to Somalia every year.
Illegal foreign fishing trawlers which have being fishing in Somalia since 1991 are mostly owned by EU and Asian fishing companies – Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Russia, Britain, Ukraine, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Yemen, Egypt and many others.
Posted by Pirate commander March 31, 09 05:35 PM

somalians must be brave men
Posted by berhano April 1, 09 07:55 AM

i think we need to define the meaning of pirates, i believe these guys can not be called pirates but heroes and environmentalist.coz they serve for the Somali people with out being paid a penny. but you don’t believe this if you have not withnessed the nuclear waste containers washed out on dailly bases. that was dumpped by the europians. As Somali was destroyed by the them in order to make it dumbing site for their nuclear and bioliogical wastes.
I believe calling these hereos pirates is like the term ‘terrorist’ used to disriminate and and massacre the muslims.
Posted by Reality April 2, 09 12:43 PM

I think we should all read the comments of 139, he summed it up quite well
Posted by TJ Brinkerhoff April 2, 09 09:22 PM

I have no respect for these guys. They are nothing but a punch of criminals as far as I am concerned. The problem is that with the limited resources they have they are very good at what they do, or is it that someone(s) blink an eye, so that this someone(s) will have an execuse to come and ‘protect’ these waters.
Posted by Ali April 3, 09 05:06 AM

Comment 234 by Ali:
What makes you think they care whether you have respect for them or not?
These guys are operating in their own teritorial turf, not in the Eurpean, Asian or Ameriacn waterways. Pirates or not, they have every right to protect their own resources.

Viva Somali Coast Guards, AKA Pirates! Keep up the good work.
Posted by Pirate Commander April 3, 09 01:52 PM

A question for all your commentators; have the Somali pirates killed any of their hostages yet? I believe not.

Another question; how many poor Somali fishermen have the European/Asian trawlers and toxic dumping killed? I heard over 300.

Get informed people, get informed.
Posted by Mad Mullah April 3, 09 02:52 PM

the pirates are ex-somali navy that take responsiblity on their shoulder to defender the long somali coast 3600km. The solution is not war ships the solution lays on stablizing this country.

Always do not see the pirates bad guys they are good guys who are collection some kind of tax.
Posted by Somali April 3, 09 05:09 PM

I don’t understand how these people are still hijacking ships. we can kick their asses so easily.
Posted by Steve April 3, 09 05:41 PM

It amasses me how devilish some of the comments are. Are people not allowed to smile or be happy even when they are being dragged by American Marines who have no business being in their coast? These fisher men were driven to do what they did for the world to take notice. I would love to know what you would have done if you country was ignored by the so called powers of the world and the only time you have gotten noticed is when the greedy people’s felt the damage piracy could do. But for some eighteen years no one went to the rescue of these fisher men when toxic waste and trash from your counties were being dumped in their shores taking away their livelihood. I know none of you winners could endure what they had to endure for the past 18 years, you all would be dead and wouldn’t survive the ordeal. Funny how the smiles on their faces bothers you? Would their smiles bother you if they were not poor black skinny starved Africans. Count your blessings and allow a little life for others, it’s only a smile for crying out loud. They are smiling because they shook your core that is something to smile about!
Posted by Hannah April 4, 09 01:10 AM

Solution is simple. Each ship go hire a professional sniper team. Kill whomever tries to board you illegally. Problem solved.
Posted by LTMM April 4, 09 02:19 AM

i am an america, and i support somali piracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by martin April 4, 09 05:21 AM

i lovethem they best
Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 12:25 PM

Give them jobs and money after that if the returned to piracy , Attacked them.
They suffer from extreme poverty and hunger , do not review your strength to the weak and poor people
Posted by demorgan April 5, 09 06:26 AM

hey you all, to me pirates fisher man of somalia are strongest somali men who at least taking action for th terriorist of americans and europeans after all they deserve what they get plus what happens to them is manner compare to africans
i wish i was there i could use my gun right then and there, looking after your sea is not a crime but killing children of plastine,chachinia,somalia iraq,afghns,etc is crime full stop. ps and leave our lands alone french,american,and british they are united to distroy you.
Posted by anita April 5, 09 03:21 PM

Forget trails. These cut throats should be executed on sight. Use firearms on the open seas, your instant target practice for the armed forces.

Just forget about due process when piracy is concerned. You might as well negotiate with terrorists.
Posted by Claymore Blaster April 5, 09 06:08 PM

OMG!!! they don’t look like pirates or being starved ! but, they look like they’re getting ready for a run way shoot in LA./NY! lol!
Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 02:02 AM

OMG!!! they don’t look like pirates or being starved ! but, they look like they’re getting ready for a run way shoot in LA./NY! lol! (I MEAN THEY LOOK LIKE MODELS READY FOR A PHOTO SHOOT NOT A STARVED PIRATES)
Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 11:51 PM

usa and eurpa..canada and the world must stop dumping nuclar waste in somalia sea,,,,,,stop dumping waste
Posted by ali April 8, 09 11:46 AM

It seems to me that large fishing nets are the solution to piracy. First the attacked ship just puts down the accomadation ladder. Second, at this point the pirates are least able to use their weapons. Third, with lead weights and small air cannons the net is shot over the heads of the bording pirates and down, down, down they go. Also the nets could be dropped by aircraft to disable already bordered vessels. The nets or wire cables would wrap around the ships propeller shafts and disable forward movement. The U.S. Navy would then bring in Navy Seals to rescue the captured crews. vesse
Posted by Anonymous April 8, 09 12:10 PM

We as Americans can stop the attack on shipping anywhere in the world
The answer is to make food and Medicine available to these Africans
and this situation should cease.
Posted by Norm April 8, 09 12:19 PM

I don’t get it. Just shoot them and be done with it.
Posted by Frank Rizzo April 8, 09 12:31 PM

All of you people saying “Just shoot them” are wicked, wicked ignorant. That is pretty much all I have to say about you and it is people like you who make me want to say GO PIRATES!!!
Posted by whyarehteresomanystupidpeopleonthisplanet April 8, 09 02:44 PM

IF they shot them on site instead of treating them with respect and arresting them for trial, You would see this behavior decline immediately by 80 percent.
Posted by Always right April 8, 09 02:54 PM

No Comment, Just observed
Posted by Padam Bahadur April 9, 09 02:52 AM

If there were/are trawlers fishing illegally in Somalian waters, why those armed boats seize merchant vessels for ransom rather than attacking and sinking the trawlers ?.
Somalia is a mess because the Somalis wanted it that way.
Fight the pirates and otherwise forget that Somalia exists.
Posted by Elgato April 9, 09 05:20 AM

I am in complete accordance with the moron who posted comment # 175. We should indeed leave Africa and Africans alone — and when there is no western aid to help these people; and when starvation and AIDS have done their work, perhaps I will no longer have to read stories about the refuse of humanity threatening those of us who choose to live in a functional society.
Posted by prairiemike April 9, 09 07:13 AM

Time to get serious….no more “trials”, no more being P.C. They are pirates on the high seas. Kill them…all of them. Once the world sees that we are not screwing around anymore…they’ll stop high-jacking ships. Problem solved.

…and for all you “Obama lovers”…..these pirates ARE terrorists….not “man made disasters”….
Posted by Obama is a socialist April 9, 09 08:04 AM

Are they defenders of their part of the world or aberrant terrorists under the influence of chewing a drug like leaf? What responsibility does the outside world have in their reaction to illegal dumoping of toxic waste and overfishing? Yes, they have a cocky and somewhat romantic image to their people but if they are ransoming millions of $$$$, why are they not acting like the Robin Hoods of their era? Crime is crime and if justice was rendered via the old way, i.e., mass hangings, this may curb the priacy. However, their economy and lack of resources should be addressed by the nations at large and solved….
Posted by R. B. Williams April 9, 09 09:44 AM

Why don’t the countries of origin of the freighters wait until the Somalis pick up the ransom, then blow up the frickin’ Somali boats? Problem solved.
Posted by mike April 9, 09 09:48 AM

For those of you on this board who have celebrated the “heroics” of the Somali pirates I have a question: How do their actions benefit anyone besides themselves / their immediate families? Even granting the idea that their attacks might be justified by the illegal fishing and dumping that others have claimed, wouldn’t true “heroics” be acting in the interest of the common good, rather than their private pocketbooks?
I cannot challenge the claims of illegal actions by other nations – I have not done enough research to confirm or refute these claims. Rather, I must ask how this pirace relates to the alleged infractions?? I have not seen a single instance of a _fishing trawler_ being captured. Nor have I seen a pirate crew demanding international coveratge of a “dump ship” or container ship loaded with waste – toxic, nuclear, or otherwise. Instead, these pirates have only sought out high-value targets – to include ships carrying RELIEF DONATIONS – that may be ransomed for millions.
And for those of you who condemn the notion of using deadly force to repel said pirates, perhaps you are not aware of the internationally-recognized “law of the sea”. These codices universally condemn piracy and condone the use of overwhelming force against pirates.
In the end, there is no difference between these pirates and any land-bound band of brigands. They have shown NO signs of being inspired by a higher cause, nor have they shown any Robin Hood-esque tendencies. They do not “rob from the rich and give to the poor”; they give only to themselves.
Pirate apologists – stop trying to fool yourselves. These are criminals who have shown no qualms at murder and rapine. They deserve any and all punishments they receive, to include the injuries and/or death they may obtain from the crew members they attack.

I welcome any _reasoned_ responses to this missive. However, those that simply state an emotional reaction will be ignored with extreme contempt.

My regards to you all,
Michael S.
Posted by Michael S. April 9, 09 10:03 AM

Why should the rest of the world set up your central government in Somalia? Your people should work together on that as most other countries have had to do. Look what has happened when the US has tried to help Iraq set up a central government – the people don’t want it because it is not their own.

I live in the rural state of Maine and we have so many Somalis here that they have taken over countless blocks of the cities. They are provided with section housing (paid by the gov’t), welfare (paid by the gov’t), food stamps (paid by the gov’t), startup loans to open their Somali food and clothing stores (paid by the gov’t), and drive – if that’s what they call their erratic weaving on the road – nicer vehicles (Lexuses and the such) than people working 40-50hrs a week and barely making enough to feed their family and put a roof over their head that can’t get those same programs to help them.

They don’t feel that the laws apply to them. A friend of ours was hit by a Somali woman and when she was trying to get the insurance information, the Somali drove off. They have no regard for anyone but themselves. Maybe their home country sucked, but they don’t need to come into our country and get everything for free and then act like they are better than the hardworking men and women that are supporting their f’n asses.

Maybe if they weren’t such a lazy bunch of people, they would have already set up a government of their own and would have better work standards. Then they wouldn’t need to be over running everyone else’s countries to take all the free handouts they can, and maybe they would stop terrorizing and pirating these merchant ships.
Posted by Irritated in ME April 9, 09 10:39 AM

So I’m now wondering if the city of Pittsburgh is going to change the name of their baseball team?

Also, I’m wondering why Obama is going around the world saying America is not a Christian nation!? During Holy Week no less! He’s really starting to show his true colors, isn’t he!?

Perhaps a world based on Christian values could be a good thing. Be it Wall Street, the corporate vultures, the toxic wasters, the pirates – they call could use a dose of the Truth methinks!
Posted by Patrick April 9, 09 10:42 AM

Live target practice would surely solve this problem…
Posted by Craig April 9, 09 11:23 AM

I can’t wait to see the movie!
Posted by Nancy B Cordell April 9, 09 11:38 AM

I love the bame America crowd.

Pirates take a US citizen captive and suddenly we are talking about illegal dumping, over-fishing, corporate greed, and free medicine for Africans.

Many of you truly need to get off the leftist propoganda kool-aid.
Posted by Dave Singleton April 9, 09 11:48 AM

Posted by GINA April 9, 09 12:19 PM

The Barbary Wars. 1801. 1815. 2009.
Posted by Craig April 9, 09 12:35 PM

They should just blast all those assholes out of the water and keep going
Posted by Anonymous April 9, 09 01:06 PM

Posted by Always right April 9, 09 02:34 PM

Pirates are just TERRORISTS in the open water. So how should or do we handle terrorists ?
Posted by Always right April 9, 09 02:40 PM

When the movie comes out will they have patches over their eyes ? Sorry I know this is not a laughing matter but I am getting a little AGGRRRRRavated.
Posted by Always right April 9, 09 02:48 PM

we know every thing these pirates are doing wrong…………….but those german soldiers why are they bring them to kenya absulately those young somali pirates are not kenyan…. u soppose to bring them to their justice becouse there is a goverment in their areas{PUNTLAND} thas s my advise to those foreing navies……….
Posted by suleman kadir April 9, 09 03:06 PM

we know every thing these pirates are doing wrong…………….but those german soldiers why are they bring them to kenya absulately those young somali pirates are not kenyan…. u soppose to bring them to their justice becouse there is a goverment in their areas{PUNTLAND} thas s my advise to those foreing navies……….
Posted by suleiman kadir April 9, 09 03:16 PM

where the hell is Steven Segal when we need him….put him on one of these ships and let him kick ass when these little bastards attempt to board.
Posted by Ninjaman April 9, 09 03:20 PM

It only takes a few well placed missles on some mother vessels and their attack boats. As soon as they danger increases significantly for the pirates, they will begin to rethink their tatics and resort to sme other criminal activity. You can tell by even the wierd smiles these guys are scared out of their minds. Imagine how terrified they would be if they knew that a far worse punishment would occur if they are caught in the act.

They could have easily blown this boat to Davey Jones’ locker. Only the most leftist folks would be whining about it. And I truly don’t care if they would whine about it. I don’t have to read or listen to it.

The USA, or China, or the European Union, or whoever the next superpower is, can’t feed and police the world. There are far too many people and cultural differences for that. The only people to blame for this are the pirates and warlords. they are doing the deeds. They could be utlizing their resources to better their country or people, but instead they use them to create personal wealth, fear which equals their power, and dissentegration of every day ways of life. They use this to keep control, because they don’t get what they want, if there is a government in place.

Even if Europeans hadn’t raped/screwed up Africa politically and economically, there would probably still be some kind of humanitarian strife in these areas simply based on natural disasters/events. They have millions of people, living in areas that can’t support that kind of population size. Natural law says it will occur. It is a story told time and time again.

It is a shame these cowards think this is the best way for them to use their time in this world. But we aren’t all good, we aren’t all noble, we aren’t always considerate or respectful. I definitely don’t pity them, they chose the path they walked, and deserve the punishment that comes to them.
Posted by Beaker April 9, 09 03:44 PM

Oh I see. If you are poor it is ok to rob and kill people. I’m sure somehow this is all of our faults (Americans). Wake up people. Act like human beings and you will be treated like human beings. Work hard just like everyone else’s ancestors did and pull yourselves up out of the filth you live in.
Posted by DottiB April 9, 09 04:31 PM

navy ships can not cover million square miles of water, doesn’t matter how many are there.

what we need is to allow private security services (soldier for hire to stay on the ship). If I’m the owner of a shipping company, I would rather hired some armed security guards (if the law allows) rather than taking my chances.
Posted by darbien April 9, 09 04:57 PM

i am somalia and that guys they are doing to defending their ocian and somalians the most good looking people in the world
Posted by abdi kafi April 9, 09 06:43 PM

Somalis always look so innocent.
I hope the future has something good in store for these beautiful people.
Posted by txc April 9, 09 07:27 PM

Some idiots never seem to learn. Protected convoys work. Period.
Posted by wHATEver April 10, 09 12:47 AM

I think the crew members of these ships getting hijacked should be armed. For there own self protection and it would end this piracy. These huge freighters are currently easy pickings with no arms on board. If they were not such easy picking and carried small arms on board this would mostly end. No way could these little pirate boats board these monster freighters if the crew was armed. Just my thought and opinion on it.
Posted by Phillip Brodeur April 10, 09 04:59 AM

Perhaps the US should protect their own and let the other’s do the same. If America is sooooo bad then fine, to all you other countries that hate America…STOP accepting her aid, Stop accepting the blood, sweat, and tears from her soldiers. Here’s all you have to do… WORK for your own people. BUILD your own government. You want to kill someone or steal from someone… start in your own country. Throw out your corrupt politicians out of office… kill THEM if you have to.. Hell if you can board a US Frigate, you can throw some fat, greedy ba$tard$ out of an office. Stop holding out your hand or waiting for someone to pick you up, feed you and change your nappies!
Posted by We fought for Freedom–YOUR TURN April 10, 09 09:22 AM

thanks for your job they are not pirates they are somali coast gaurd
Posted by xanaanshe April 10, 09 09:29 AM

#’s 225 and 230.. Thank you for the history lessons. No wonder people turn to lawlessness. But ships and their country’s Navies have the right to defend them self’s against that lack of law.
Long has passed since the days of grappling hooks and “Yo Ho Ho and bottle of Rum”. What will history say about these new Pirates? In 50 years will Disney have a ride at their theme parks, “Somali Pirates”. First you and family will be forced to starve for 3 days, ride a 500 pound boat and capture a megaton freighter and then you can proclaim your right to fish in your own waters… That should sell a lot of tickets..

Posted by DavidE April 10, 09 09:48 AM

My question is “Why do we even bother taking these guys prisoner?” Just eradicate them where they are and move on. No one on land will probably miss them, and the maritime community certainly won’t. They deserve no rights; what about the rights of their victims over the years?
Posted by Paul W. Burch April 10, 09 10:47 AM

This crap makes my blood boil. These vermin are nothing but thieves and they need to be treated as such. Someone said that we should give them jobs and food…etc. Why don’t they create their own freegin government and create their own businesses and jobs? Why the hell are we supposed to be responsible for their wellfare? I’ve been jobless, I’ve been hungry, I’ve even lived in a communist country where my rights were trampled on, but I didn’t go holding people up and demanding ransoms. The leftist loonies that think these people are serving a good cause need to be picked up and sent to Somalia. Blow the thieves out of thewwater
Posted by Pablo April 10, 09 12:24 PM
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  1. I don’t call these guys pirates or criminals as you called. I call them Somali Coastguards beacuase these guys didn’t go anywhere else other than guarding their coast; hence they have a very good reason for what they’re doing. The Somali Coast Guards take responsibility on their shoulder to defend their home county without having government. These brave guys are protecting their seas from illegal mass fishing, illegal nuclear toxic waste dumping and other hostile activities.

    Honest these heroes deserve respect. Heroes, in my eyes, are people who do things that most people can’t. I respect them more than words can convey.

  2. These guys have tremendous conviction & courage.

    We are going to see real humanity in action soon, as individuals everywhere get increasingly agitated & impatient from continuing to lose their resources, standards of living, & liberties to Illuminist greed, & anti-civilized criminal activity within their territory.

    We ought to take a lesson for the future, & prepare now, as our cowardly G8 domestic governments are thoroughly revealed to be humanity’s worst enemy: US, EU, Canada, Israel, Australia, Russia, China & Mexico (never forget NATO, UN, IMF, World Bank) being the most condemnable, … so far.

    I like the part of the story that introduces the concept of “post counter-disinformation R3volution open-ended justice” for those guilty of lazy usurpations, & conspiring over the envious criminal destruction of the property of others over generations.

  3. Although I am not as blood thirsty as some of the other commenters, I can not agree with the ones calling these pirates heros. Sure, putting an end to over fishing and waste dumping is an honorable act, but what right do these pirates have in taking hostage the captains and crew of merchants ships or even yachts that just happen to be traveling through? There is a major shipping lane going by there, and ships are free to travel through international waters. If you steal someones ship, kill their crew and hold the captain for ransom, you are a pirate. If you go to jail or get shot for your actions as a pirate, boo-fucking-hoo, its your own damn fault.

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