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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday unveiled a diplomatic initiative to thwart attacks on ships off Somalia's coast and combat what she called the "scourge of piracy."
Clinton said the State Department will "explore ways to track and freeze pirate assets," similar to measures used against drug traffickers and terrorists.
Noting that the pirates have been buying more sophisticated vessels with the ransom money they have been collecting, Clinton said it could be possible to stop boat-building companies from doing business with pirates.
"These pirates are criminals. They are armed gangs on the sea. And those plotting attacks must be stopped, and those who have carried them out must be brought to justice," she told reporters after a meeting with Haitian Prime Minister Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis.
The United States also will work with shippers and insurers to strengthen their defenses against pirates and will and call for immediate meetings of an international counterpiracy task force to expand naval cooperation, Clinton said.
Although she did not suggest the use of military force, she mentioned "going after" pirate land bases in Somalia, which is authorized in a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last December.
Originally posted by sueloujo
I agree with everything you say. I laugh everytime I see these massive ships and they say they have been taken over by some Somalians in boats...do they think we are stupid? The only reason they are making this an issue is for the oil.
Originally posted by Marked One
America would have to resort to radical means to quell the threat of piracy....drape the side of each ship sailing through the Mediterranean with an enormous photograph showing Clinton naked and making out with Nancy Pelosi complete with the song "You sexy thing." playing over a bull-horn. If that doesn't keep the pirates at bay? I don't know what will.
Some of the richest nations in the world cannot control uneducated pirates in tiny skiffs from hijacking their massive billion dollar cargo ships.
Originally posted by Wehali
The USA does nothing unless it nets them profit..
..and Europe isn't any different. This has been the
case for quite a while, all wars in modern history
have been waged to create profit. The two world
wars aren't any different, in both wars, all the sides
were funded by the same group, and while most
countries were ruined, that group gained massive
profits, it's been the same for all wars ever since,
and it is the same deal in the current wars.
Western society does absolutely nothing unless it
nets them considerable profit. Money and power is
king now. One group and their associates in the
governments wage destruction on our planet, just
for monetary gain.
[edit on (15/4/09) by Wehali]
Maritime experts say military force alone cannot solve the problem because the pirates operate in an area so vast as to render the flotilla of international warships largely ineffective. And with ships legally unable to carry arms in many ports, the world has struggled to end the scourge.