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Consider what one pirate told The New York Times after he and his men seized a Ukrainian freighter "loaded with tanks, artillery, grenade launchers and ammunition" last year. "We don't consider ourselves sea bandits," said Sugule Ali:. "We consider sea bandits those who illegally fish in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas. We are simply patrolling our seas. Think of us like a coast guard." Now, that "coast guard" analogy is a stretch, but his point is an important and widely omitted part of this story. Indeed the Times article was titled, "Somali Pirates Tell Their Side: They Want Only Money." Yet, The New York Times acknowledged, "the piracy industry started about 10 to 15 years ago… as a response to illegal fishing."
Take this fact: Over $300 million worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are "being stolen every year by illegal trawlers" off Somalia's coast, forcing the fishing industry there into a state of virtual non-existence.
But it isn't just the theft of seafood. Nuclear dumping has polluted the environment.
Originally posted by backyard guru
I say start shelling the entire coastal region for about six hours with 100 pounders.
Originally posted by lastxdance
This is as paranoid as you can get about something everyday like this
Originally posted by budski
If a country is as poor as Somalia, what choices do they have when it comes to protecting their waters?
The fishing industry in Somalia has allegedly been "pirated" by other countries, and their coastlines made toxic by nuclear waste, so in their eyes, they are protecting their country, and levying a "tax" on international vessels as a form of reparation.
Of course there is also little doubt that some of the "pirates" are acting purely out of self interest.
Originally posted by Dermo
I assume you are American yea?
When in doubt.. bomb a load of downtrodden innocents
Originally posted by PsykoOps
They do have the right to defend their waters. If the government cant do it then who? Only the civillians can then intervene.