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Originally posted by Seekerof
Protection is a move done by a government, not by rogue individuals calling themselves militants, terrorists, and pirates. Resource exploitation is but ONE cause/reason for unlawful piracy; there are numerous others reasons for its existence, one being that militant, insurgent, and terrorist groups are using them as an instrument of financing operations, equipments, etc. via their cut of the ransom they possibly gain.
Holmes: Let’s start with the military solution. Why not send a message?
Larsen: Certainly there would be some deterrent effect. I think in this case, the incentives are so large. The money that they’re making is so extraordinary, especially by Somalia standards, that it would be difficult. However, in this particular situation, the goal is to solve it as quickly and as safely as possible without putting the hostage in jeopardy.
Holmes: There are hopeless, deplorable conditions in Somalia. A life of piracy looks pretty good for some of these young men compared to the conditions in Somalia.
Larsen: You couldn’t have said it better, T.J. I’ve been on the ground in Somalia. One of the interesting demographic things that’s happening right now is that single Somali women are flocking to the port town Bosaso where these pirates come out of in the hopes of marrying a pirate. So you can see that it really is — the root conditions of poverty, lawlessness and civil war on the ground in Somalia are really what are breeding this problem.
Protection is a move done by a government, not by rogue individuals calling themselves militants, terrorists, and pirates.
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