Leftwing Blogosphere Runs with Al Jizz Theme: Somali Pirates Are Misunderstood… MSM Parrots Same Crap…

Update: there is no escape from this madness:

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CNN practicing Ismaili Muslim and Islamo agit-prop Zain Verjee tells us we “must address the root causes”- the aid we give to Somalia is “not nearly enough” and that “we have to build infrastructure to help these poor disadvantaged people” (sic) I quickly switched to FOX only to hear the same garbage from another wakademic ‘terrorism expert’… Nobody stated the obvious; that Somalia is a failed state because of Islam, that it is Islamic terrorism that drives piracy and that we have NO OBLIGATION whatsoever to reward these parasities for their attacks on international shipping.

But hey, that would make sense. We can’t have that…

* What are all those Muslims doing at CNN anyhow?  ( Hala Gorani,Octavia Nasr,  Riz Khan etc??)

Somali Shabab Al-Mujahideen Movement Spokesman Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Vows to Continue Fighting Foreign Forces in Somalia, Says Somali Pirates ‘Created by the Americans,’ Calls African Peacekeeping Forces ‘The Enemies of Allah’         MEMRI

In an interview, Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, spokesman for the Shabab Al-Mujahideen in Somalia, discussed his organization’s ties with Al-Qaeda, said that the Americans and the Western countries had created the Somali pirates, and called the African peacekeeping forces “enemies of Allah.”

Leftwing Blogosphere Picks Up Al-Jazeera Theme: Somali Pirates Are Misunderstood Ecologists


* Piracy is all our fault because we have been stealing their fish and dumped chemicals in their water… you know the drill. Why is it that the Left always empathise with thieves, crooks and despots? Is it because they have much in common? To hard core Marxist leftards, humans do not set out to do bad things, they are forced to because of eternal class warfare and being at the mercy of the nasty capitalists. You see they are FORCED into this type of activity, and are therefore victims of global inequality and prejudice from the evil rich western nations.

One could also mention that the latest boat they hijacked for ransom, the Maersk Alabama, was not stealing fish or dumping nuclear waste but delivering food aid.

Amid the widespread relief that the captain of the Maersk Alabama, Richard Phillips, was freed from the Somali pirates, there is a growing feeling among the left that those pirates are “misunderstood.” The idea of those pirates as really being some sort of seafaring ecologists seems to have begun with Al-Jazeera last October with this article by Najad Abdullahi:

Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.

The ransom demand is a means of “reacting to the toxic waste that has been continually dumped on the shores of our country for nearly 20 years”, Januna Ali Jama, a spokesman for the pirates, based in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, said.

“The Somali coastline has been destroyed, and we believe this money is nothing compared to the devastation that we have seen on the seas.”

This portayal of Somali pirates as ecological warriors, not greedy robbers was also picked up by the usual suspects in the leftwing blogosphere. Michael Vazquez today used his Huffington Post blog to reprint an essay on the subject by a Canadian-Somali singer, K’naan:

Can anyone ever really be for piracy? Outside of sea bandits, and young girls fantasizing of Johnny Depp, would anyone with an honest regard for good human conduct really say that they are in support of Sea Robbery?

Well, in Somalia, the answer is: it’s complicated.

The news media these days has been covering piracy in the Somali coast with such lop-sided journalism, that it’s lucky they’re not on a ship themselves. It’s true that the constant hijacking of vessels in the Gulf of Aden is a major threat to the vibrant trade route between Asia and Europe. It is also true that for most of the pirates operating in this vast shoreline, money is the primary objective.

But according to so many Somalis, the disruption of Europe’s darling of a trade route, is just Karma biting a perpetrator in the butt. And if you don’t believe in Karma, maybe you believe in recent history…

…But while Europeans are well in their right to protect their trade interest in the region, our pirates were the only deterrent we had from an externally imposed environmental disaster. No one can say for sure that some of the ships they are now holding for ransom were not involved in illegal activity in our waters. The truth is, if you ask any Somali, if getting rid of the pirates only means the continuous rape of our coast by unmonitored Western Vessels, and the producing of a new cancerous generation, we would all fly our pirate flags high.

Judging from the comments on this blog, many at the Huffington Post agree with the premise about the pirates as misunderstood protectors of the environment:

Thank you very much for this article. I have been aghast at the adolescent, abominable cheering going on over the killing of some of the “pirates” in the recent hostage situation – as if each head shot were nothing more than of a 3-pointer from mid-court.

Dosen’t surprise me that this was taking place. SHAME on those doing the dumping they should have to pay for the clean up and restitution to he sick and the Pirates need to agree to stand down on their Pirating

I’m glad someone is telling the truth about this situation. You’ll never hear it from CNN and Faux News that’s for sure.

The seafaring ecologist theme was also picked up back in January by Johann Hari in an opinion piece in the UK Independent:

Pirates have never been quite who we think they are. In the “golden age of piracy” – from 1650 to 1730 – the idea of the pirate as the senseless, savage Bluebeard that lingers today was created by the British government in a great propaganda heave. Many ordinary people believed it was false: pirates were often saved from the gallows by supportive crowds. Why? What did they see that we can’t? In his book Villains Of All Nations, the historian Marcus Rediker pores through the evidence.

Hari then presents the image of pirates as egalitarians:

Pirates were the first people to rebel against this world. They mutinied – and created a different way of working on the seas. Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively, without torture. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the eighteenth century”. 

The defense of piracy then extends to the present day Somali pirates:

…As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

…At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia’s seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by overexploitation – and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers. The local fishermen are now starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: “If nothing is done, there soon won’t be much fish left in our coastal waters.”

This is the context in which the “pirates” have emerged. Somalian fishermen took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least levy a “tax” on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia – and ordinary Somalis agree. The independent Somalian news site WardheerNews found 70 per cent “strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defence”.

See, the Somali pirates are really just fishermen levying a tax on foreign ships. Of course, this whole idea of Somali pirates as heroes has been picked up in many other parts of the blogosphere including the Daily Kos and Democratic Underground. So if you soon hear a call for ransom to be paid to the pirates in the guise of “compensation,” don’t be too surprised. And the justification has already been provided by the sources listed here.

—P.J. Gladnick is a freelance writer and creator of the DUmmie FUnnies blog.

The Left are now pirates, too. Or better: how the left provides the Islamic pirates with excuses

Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, April 14, 09 

African pirates hijack ships owned by white capitalists. So whose side are you on if you’re a columnist of the hard Left?

Let’s ask Johann Hari of the Independent:

In 1991, the government of Somalia – in the Horn of Africa – collapsed. Its 9 million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country’s food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the U.N. envoy to Somalia, tells me: “Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury – you name it.” Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to “dispose” of cheaply….

At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia’s seas of their greatest resource: seafood…. The local fishermen have suddenly lost their livelihoods, and they are starving…

This is the context in which the men we are calling “pirates” have emerged. Everyone agrees they were ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least wage a “tax” on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coast Guard of Somalia – and it’s not hard to see why… One of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali, said their motive was “to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters …”…

Did we expect starving Somalians to stand passively on their beaches, paddling in our nuclear waste, and watch us snatch their fish to eat in restaurants in London and Paris and Rome?..  Once again, our great imperial fleets sail in today – but who is the robber?

Terrific tale. The heart of every anti-colonial, smash-capitalism, stop-racism-now campus Trot would beat faster under his Che T-shirt at reading it. But let’s now check Hari’s facts ponder at some odd omissions.

The facts:

1. It is not true that 300 Somalis died, or are said to have died, from radition sickness. That death toll was in fact the disputed estimate of Somali deaths from a tsunami, which was also blamed for breaking open containers of toxic chemicals.

2. No one has yet proved that any of those containers held nuclear waste.

3. There was evidence that some companies were indeed dumping waste in Somalia in the 1990s, but not at sea, and not without the permission of Somali war lords, who in fact earned millions accepting these shipments for “disposal”. 

The omissions:

1. No evidence of large-scale illegal fishing in Somali waters is offered.

2. None of the pirates hijacking the supertankers and cargo ships of the West have demanded as ransom an end to illegal dumping of chemicals or of fishing by foreigners. They’ve asked instead for the cash that earns them a reported $40 million a year.

3. Why would mafia ships dumping toxic waste sail all the way to Somalia’s pirate waters to do so, when they could quietly dump the lot en route, in international waters?

4. How has the West let slip so much nuclear waste – one of the most monitored and closely checked materials on earth?

5. Why is the West pulling fish from Somali waters as polluted with nuclear waste and chemicals as Hari claims – and why have the food and medical authorities in Euope not noticed the contamination or the sick diners?

I think Hari is fantasising, and excusing what he should condemn – a brutal criminal racket that its earning warloards millions, some of which is financing Islamists linked to al Qaeda.

One thought on “Leftwing Blogosphere Runs with Al Jizz Theme: Somali Pirates Are Misunderstood… MSM Parrots Same Crap…”

  1. Why do these totally misguided people think throwing billions of dollars at something will fix it..why do they always think these problems are the west’s problems?……billions of dollars has already been sent to africa..has it solved anything? No of course not…The Africans keep breeding and breeding because breeding is what islam requires. How can people who are being paid so much be so foolish??

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