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He vowed once again that America will do all it can to halt piracy in the region, working in concert with other nations around the world.
"We are going to have to continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks. We have to continue to be prepared to confront them when they arise. And we have to ensure that those who commit acts of piracy are held accountable for their crimes," said Mr. Obama.
The president did not refer to a new round of threats from the pirates,
Modern-day piracy is growing quickly into big business - just take a look at the booming Somali pirate port of Eyl.
Big villas and hotels are sprouting, former subsistence fishermen are driving Mercedes-Benzes and gold-digging women are showing up. So are accountants.
After Somalia's civil war began in 1991, the impoverished coastal people turned to buccaneering, with huge success.
"In More..2008 alone, Somali pirates made $125 million," said Michael Lee of McRoberts Maritime Security. "These guys are the wealthiest in the country. A lot of the women in Somalia are flocking to the ports to get themselves a pirate."
Originally posted by JBA2848
I thought this would help show how the piracy is just done for illegal gains. Not for protection of the Somali people. And no country is going to stop it without going to shore and entering the hornets nest.
Originally posted by Maxmars
And why is this not a UN emergency? What the heck "plan" are they busy with now?
First of all, a Full Blockade of the Somali Ports will cease the Piracy currently taking place.
Fourth, we must also send in SpecOps and SpecWar forces inland to destroy the Pirate strongholds, including the taking out of Leaders, and the cutting off of their assets.
This is a multi-faceted approach, but it is completely attainable, and will most certainly be effective
Originally posted by Dr Love
Well, like his Chief of Staff said, "never let a serious crisis go to waste".