A happy ending to the pirate saga off the coast of Somalia:
You know, the whole pirate situation is the perfect large-scale test of the “Don’t resist and give the attackers what they want” school of conflict avoidance. They’ve followed that policy with the Somali pirates for a while now, and the result was entirely predictable. When you make a certain violent act low-risk and high-profit, you’ll get a lot more of it. Up until now, the worst thing that could happen to the pirates was to be extradited to Kenya (and promptly bought out by their comrades-in-arms). For just a few days of work, and the added incentive of being able to blow raspberries at the navies of the world’s most powerful countries, pirates stood to reap piles of dollars, so it’s no wonder that ship hijackings off the coast of Somalia have increased 400% in three years.
I think they finally got a bit too brazen, and now the pendulum’s going to swing the other way.
(That reminds me of a business idea I had a few years back when the pirates in the Straits of Malacca made similar headlines for a while. My plan involved a big freighter, a wing of Russian surplus attack choppers, a company of former Marines and Navy SEALs, and a Letter of Marque and Reprisal.)
Anyway, hooray for the Good Guys, and let’s hear it for the Navy SEALs. Maybe the pirates back in their lairs on the Somali coast are going to modify their risk assessment a little and steer clear of American-flagged or -named vessels from now on, now that the Navy has demonstrated that we will, indeed, bust some caps in some asses if they wave AK-47s in our citizens’ faces in international waters. Buh-bye now.