Pirates Part 2


Pirates Part Two

Poverty, pollution, political instability and theft.  Some of the reasons sited for the rising levels of piracy.  You can never discount the thirst for personal gain and making a quick buck.  I level this accusation at the pirates as well as our western leaders and industrialists.

Somalia’s government collapsed in 1991 leaving nearly 9m people in poverty.  Inevitably Somalis have there own side of the story to tell, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia claims “Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury – you name it.”  Johan Hari, in his 2009 article in the Independent “Are You Being Lied to About Pirates?” claims “More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers”.

So there you have it, Somalia is a mess and people are starving.  But violent kidnap cannot be tolerated.  Pirates may be driven to extreme measures in an attempt to feed there families but if you point a gun at someone you can expect a bigger one to be pointed at you.  Western governments must take responsibility for their actions.  This is just another case of short sighted profiteering and exploitation on a global scale.

Personally I hope the addition of well trained, highly professional armed security on ships leads to safer seas with fewer acts of piracy.  However I think it is inevitable that pirates will increase their weaponry and aggression in reply.  What do you think…?

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