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Piracy: what to do, what to do…..?

German foreign ministry says bloc is considering allowing attacks on Somali pirate bases on the ground.

Anti-piracy operations currently take place in the Indian Ocean but attacks are currently not allowed on land [EPA]

Update from Vlad:

Two Iranian ships rescued from pirates. 1 by the U.S.A. and one by a Danish NATO ship

EU may expand anti-piracy mission to beaches  (Al Jizz)

Talk is cheap:

Anti-piracy operations currently take place in the Indian Ocean, but in future the forces could be allowed to attack pirates’ arms dumps, boats and bases.Germany’s foreign ministry has said that the European Union is considering giving its anti-piracy forces the go-ahead to attack Somali pirate bases on the ground.

Andreas Peschke, German foreign ministry spokesman, said on Friday that the “limited destruction of piracy logistics on the beach” is under discussion but “no deployment on land”.

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As Somali Islamists Drive Out Pirates, What Happens to 360 Hostages?

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Islamic rebels seeking to take control of Somalia have seized a key coastal village used by pirates, leaving the fate of some 360 hostages in doubt. Members of Hizbul-Islam entered Haradhere over the weekend, prompting pirates to flee the area. A BBC News reporter said at least 60 hostages from three vessels were moved up the coast, but that still left another 300 captives unaccounted for.

International fight against piracy … French forces with Somali pirates captured in the Gulf of Aden.

Publicly, Hizbul-Islam fighters, who arrived in Haradhere after themselves being driven out of the port town of Kismayo by another Islamist group, has said it wants to end piracy as part of its goal to establish Sharia law in Somalia. Hizbul-Islam also opposes prostitution, drugs and alcohol, all of which were widespread under pirate rule.

But there are unconfirmed reports that the group tried previously to cut a deal with pirates and share in the ransom money. The New York Times has reported that pirates may have collected as much as $100 million in ransoms, making their work an enticing source of revenue.

Dutch Marines Board Hijacked Ship/In Dutch

Gordon Brown: "Pirates Should Abide By International Law"

What? Pirates don’t abide by “international law?” How dare they! What have we done to them that they hate us so much? Perhaps we should sent them money and weapons? Resettle them in the UK?

A BRITISH man kidnapped by Somali pirates was today allowed to speak via phone link from the ship where he is being kept prisoner.

The Sun/ thanks to DP111

Gordon Brown called on the pirates to release the British couple immediately.

The PM said at a press conference: “Piracy and the taking of hostages is unacceptable in any circumstances.

“We call on those people who have taken the British citizens hostage to release them as soon as possible.

“They should abide by international law.   They should release the hostages and the piracy should be brought to an end.”

* If wishes were horses,  beggars would ride….

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Mob . . . Somali pirates

Ready to abide by “International Law…?”

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SOMALI pirates capture Singapore-flagged container ship in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles

SOMALI pirates have seized a Singapore-flagged container ship in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles. The distance from Somalia to the Seychelles is roughly 1500 km’s, or  935 miles.

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Hey, not to worry:  they’re only protecting the Somali coast from over fishing, these poor impoverished people.  Its all our fault that they’re  doing it tough, they  have no other choice, right?

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Agence France-Presse

“The Singapore flagged and owned boxship Kota Wajar was seized around 550km north the Seychelles,” said Andrew Mwangura, who heads the Kenyan chapter of East African Seafarers Assistance Program.

Other maritime sources in the region confirmed the information.

A maritime source in the area, who did not wish to be identified, said that the attack took place early today, 44km from the site of recent attacks on French tuna-fishing boats.

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Sheik Yer'mami's Pirate News

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  • Looks like we need to hang the lawyers along with the pirates:

The Legal Left Comes to Pirate’s Defense 
By: John Perazzo / Frontpage

“Movement lawyer” Ron Kuby has found another pawn for his anti-American crusade

In the aftermath of the recent hijacking of the U.S. ship Maersk Alabama by four Somali pirates—a crisis that ended with three dead pirates and a fourth in American custody—the lone pirate survivor, Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, is set to face justice. That is, unless the legal Left, led by so-called “civil rights” attorney Ron Kuby, succeeds in blaming the United States for the attack on its own ship.

Kuby already has deployed the tactic that has been the defining emblem of his professional career—portraying a morally bankrupt defendant as a victim whose actions were compelled by a set of unfortunate external circumstances, and essentially condemning the United States for attempting to prosecute an individual who committed a grave and potentially deadly offense against American interests.

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All it takes is a few Jooozz with guns…

Israeli Guards Repel Jihadi Pirates Off Somali Coast…

  • Actually, NOT “Somali Coast”: these pirates were way out in the open, about 325 kilometers north of the Seychelles, and about 800 kilometers east of Somalia. 
  • Wonder what Al Sharpton has to say about that!
  • With pistols they defended 1500 people  against marauding jihadis
Tundra Tabloids & Atlas Shrugs

Cmdr. Ciro Pinto: It felt like we were in war”

When you need a helping hand to defend yourself, Israelis are always the best bet by far to help secure your safety. They’re that well trained. KGS

Update: Nowhere is too far away to be no risk  * a pretty lively discussion here on Andrew Bolt’s blog

BBC Ignores Fact ThatGuards Who Saved Italian Cruise Ship Were Israeli

Israeli guards drive off Somali pirates

Israeli private security guards exchanged fire with pirates who attacked an Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board far off the coast of Somalia, and drove them away, the ship’s commander said Sunday.
Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire.
“It felt like we were in war,” Pinto said.

Captured Somali pirate given Quran, special Islamic diet in NY prison

 Appropriate that the Associated ‘with terrorists’ Press bring us this news. Keep repeating: we’re not at war with Islam. Give him a Koran and halal food while in prison, that’s his inviolable human right, or is it?

Remember: its an old tradition in the US to do everything we can to make our enemies like us. German soldiers captured during WW II were given copies of Mein Kampf, Sauerkraut and Schnitzel, right?

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From Creeping Sharia

NEW YORK (AP) — The wound on Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse’s slim hand, where he was stabbed by a crew member during his pirate attack on a U.S. cargo ship, has been redressed. He’s been given painkillers and antibiotics for his injuries and a Quran to use in prayer.

“Imagine yourself in Somalia,” court-appointed attorney Philip Weinstein said Friday. “Imagine how overwhelmed you’d be by everything.”

Phil, imagine yourself in Somalia. What do you suppose they’d do under sharia law when they saw the name Weinstein and ‘United States’ on your passport? Hand you a copy of the Torah or Bible? Fix you a special diet?

Pirates, Failed Islamic States and 'Donor Nations'

The real reason why the global Muslim community doesn’t get upset over Somali pirates? It’s a family tradition.

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Fitzgerald: “Islam Is Not Monolithic” and Divisions Within the Camp of Islam

Another week, another Donors’ Conference. This time, it’s Somalia. Somalia, described — does anyone know what this phrase that has come into fashion really means? — as a “failed state.” And these “failed states” — which all happen to be Muslim states — have to be propped up, and propped up, and propped up, it seems, by money from non-Muslim states, non-Muslim taxpayers. Because, you see, it is the absence of money that causes these states to be “failed states.” And any Muslim state will become a “failed state,” apparently, if it lacks the unmerited manna of oil-and-gas revenues (the Muslim members of OPEC have received more than twelve trillion dollars since 1973 alone), or if it is not given all kinds of special benefits and enormous injections of Infidel aid.

Regarding that aid, see Pakistan, see Egypt, see Jordan, and, of course, see the Favorite Charity of Everyone, apparently, the local Arab shock troops of the Lesser Jihad against Israel, the soi-disant “Palestinians” — who, as a separate people, were founded round about late 1967, a few months after the Six-Day War ended, and it was time to take a different propagandistic tack.

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Puff Ho to the rescue: one man's pirate is another man's coast guard!

Why We Don’t Condemn Our Pirates – (how the left offers a soapbox to the Islamic pirates and blames us infidels for the global jihad)

Liberalism is a mental disorder. Here’s more proof (as if we needed it!)

As the first pirate attack of a U.S. ship in 200 years comes to a climax, I’m re-posting an essay I solicited and received several weeks ago from K’naan, a Somali-Canadian singer and activist. A video of a performance by K’naan that I filmed at the All Points West music festival last summer appears below. — Michael Vazquez

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Why We Don’t Condemn Our Pirates
by 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.

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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. Here is why we Somalis find ourselves slightly shy of condemning our pirates.

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  • Police and FBI agents escort the Somali pirate suspect U.S. officials identified as Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse into FBI headquarters in New York on Monday.

Somalia has been without any form of a functioning government since 1991. And although its failures, like many other toddler governments in Africa, sprung from the wells of post-colonial independence, bad governance and development loan sharks, the specific problem of piracy was put in motion in 1992.

After the overthrow of Siyad Barre, our charmless dictator of twenty-some-odd years, two major forces of the Hawiye Clan came to power. At the time, Ali Mahdi, and General Mohamed Farah Aidid, the two leaders of the Hawiye rebels, were largely considered liberators. But the unity of the two men and their respective sub-clans was very short-lived. It’s as if they were dumbstruck at the advent of ousting the dictator, or that they just forgot to discuss who will be the leader of the country once they defeated their common foe.

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There are ways to "negotiate" with pirates!

Thanks to Mike

By WAYNE LONG / NYT:   Gang Up on Pirates

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In 1995,  the water supply for Mogadishu, the capital, was shut off by the United Nations humanitarian agencies until a hostage who worked for another aid organization was released. On the first day of the shutoff, the women who collected water from public distribution points yelled at the kidnappers; on the second day they stoned them; on the third day they shot at them; on the fourth day, the hostage was released.

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