Saturday, April 11, 2009

Thar be pirates ahead

Here's what I think.

Pay them the ransom for the Captain. get him on board the naval vessel then blow the pirates out of the water and destroy any other pirates you see anywhere, in whatever ship they are in.

Then go to their base of operations and destroy that too.

We've done this before. Remember the "shores of Tripoli"? and millions for defense but not one penny for tribute? Those were from the Barbary pirates of the very early 19th century. After that no American vessel was pirated for 200 years.

Let's start the count over again.

Pirates defy U.S. navy off Somalia

By Abdi Guled

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Pirates on Friday sailed a hijacked German freighter and its crew toward a lifeboat off Somalia where an American hostage was being held in an attempt to help their comrades in a standoff with the U.S. Navy.

In a day of drama on the high seas off East Africa, French special forces stormed and freed a yacht held by pirates in a military assault in which one hostage was killed and four others were freed.

A pirate source said the four pirates holding the American captain of a cargo ship, Richard Phillips, in a drifting lifeboat under the gaze of a U.S. warship were demanding $2 million for his release and a guarantee of their own safety.

They have been holding Phillips since a foiled attempt on Wednesday to hijack the 17,000-tonne, Danish-owned Maersk Alabama several hundred miles off Somalia.

Close by, the destroyer USS Bainbridge was in radio contact with the pirates seeking a peaceful outcome to the standoff with the assistance of FBI experts, a U.S. official said.

But the pirate source told Reuters from the fishing port of Haradheere, a pirate den in Somalia, that another group that hijacked the 20,000-tonne German container vessel, the Hansa Stavanger, a week ago were heading to the scene of the standoff in the Indian Ocean.

The ship, seized off south Somalia between Kenya and the Seychelles, has a crew of 24, of whom five are German.

"Knowing that the Americans will not destroy this German ship and its foreign crew, they hope they can meet their friends on the lifeboat," said the pirate, who has given reliable information in the past but asked not to be named.

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