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Can anyone ever really be for piracy? Outside of sea bandits, and young girls fantasizing of Johnny Depp, would anyone with an honest regard for good human conduct really say that they are in support of Sea Robbery? Well in Somalia, the answer is: it's complicated. The news media these days has been covering piracy in the Somali coast, with such lopsided journalism that it's lucky they're not on a ship themselves. It's true that the constant hijacking of vessels in the Gulf of Aden is a major threat to the vibrant trade route between Asia and Europe. It is also true that for most of the pirates operating in this vast shoreline, money is the primary objective. But according to many Somalis, the disruption of Europe's darling of a trade route is just Karma biting a perpetrator in the butt. And if you don't believe in Karma, maybe you believe in recent history. Here is why we Somalis find ourselves slightly shy of condemning our pirates.
"They have money; they have power and they are getting stronger by the day," says Abdi Farah Juha who lives in the regional capital, Garowe.
"They wed the most beautiful girls; they are building big houses; they have new cars; new guns," he says.
"Piracy in many ways is socially acceptable. They have become fashionable."
Most of them are aged between 20 and 35 years - in it for the money.
And the rewards they receive are rich in a country where almost half the population need food aid after 17 years of non-stop conflict.
On the ground in Somalia, some pirates are seen as "flamboyant middle aged men," said Mahad Shiekh Madar, a car salesman living in the northeastern port town of Bossaso on the tip of Africa's horn. "They always travel in beautiful four-wheel-drive luxury cars and look like people who are working for a big business company."
Abdulahi Salad, a 43-year-old former pirate in the central coastal village of Gaan, said pirates were "different from the ordinary gunmen in Somalia. They are not thin, and they have bright faces and are always happy."
Indeed, they are often regaled for bringing wads of cash into impoverished communities.
The movie black hawk down shows why we don't want to go there. Theres no politically correct way to fight that war.
Originally posted by JBA2848
I guess if we want to be the world police the US should do something.
Originally posted by The Godfather of Conspira
What irks me about this whole issue is when people try to link this vainly to the "War on Terror" farce and the rise Islamic Fundamentalism, merely because Somalia is a Muslim country.
Originally posted by johnsky
As for Somalia as a nation...
... I'm sorry... so so very sorry... but sometimes when you're SOL, you really are well and truly SOL.
According to economists who study famine in Africa, Asia and Europe, the kind of famine which struck in Somalia, a famine created by clan warfare, not by crop shortages, or endemic poverty, is the rule, not the exception...Sylvia Nasar
so I guess all those people fighting back then were from some other country they just decided to use somalia as there war zone. I don't think thats true its the same people finding another way to make money by picking up guns.
Is that a problem when people only have one choice pick up guns and fight for the latest warlord or pirate leader or miliia yes.
But its still the same people every time.