Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Justice is served for piracy.

I would think this following news will be international headline news by now, but somehow it did not merit the attention of elite people. Any way according to Yahoo News written by AP writer Mohamed Olad Hassan:

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Five of the pirates who hijacked a Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a $3 million ransom, a relative said Saturday, the day after the bundle of cash was apparently dropped by parachute onto the deck of the ship.

The Sirius Star and its 25 crew sailed safely away Friday at the end of a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden, where pirates attacked over 100 ships last year. Hundreds more kidnapped sailors remain in the hands of pirates.

I seem to remember that it was famous news when the standoff began two months ago. Now this surprise ending certainly does not commensurate with its flashy beginning. But this next sentence:
The drowned pirates' boat overturned in rough seas, . . .
may affords us a sense of poetic justice -- or may be it's politically incorrect to think of that. Anyway "in rough seas" what an ending! At least no one blame freaque waves yet.

As the article went on to report that:

Piracy is one of the few ways to make money in Somalia. Half the population is dependent on aid and a whole generation has grown up knowing nothing but war. A recent report by London's Chatham House think-tank said pirates raked in more than $30 million in ransoms last year.

Somalia's lawless coastline borders one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, which links the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean. Attacks have continued despite the patrols by warships from France, Germany, Britain, America, India and China.

Now the curious thing is why United Nations is not mentioned here?

Wait just a minutes, here's the heart of the problem:

Abukar Haji, uncle of one of the dead pirates, blamed the naval surveillance for the accident that killed his pirate nephew Saturday.

"The boat the pirates were traveling in capsized because it was running at high speed because the pirates were afraid of an attack from the warships patrolling around," he said.

A-huh, it's all naval surveillance' fault, of course! That is where U.N. should stepping in, right?

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