Saturday, August 15, 2009

Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum . . . NOT

The pirates are at it again - this time on both sides of the coin.

Two Egyptian fishing vessels, that had for months been held for ransom off the coast of Yemen, are heading home - with pirates locked in cabins aboard the vessels, overcome and restrained by the crews. The Egyptian government says the pirates will be tried in Egypt.

But . . .

The freighter with a Russian crew carrying a load of timber from Finland to Algeria is still missing. A ransom demand has been made to the ship's owners, but it's unknown at this point if it's a hoax or legitimate. This comes after reports that the ship is in international waters off the Cape Verde Islands AND in the Bay of Biscay off the French coast. These waters are hundreds of miles apart.

Something needs to be done about these bullies of the seas, and it will take global cooperation.

From one point of view, it's a complex situation. The solution won't be simple, but it could be a beginning to more cooperation in other areas if governments are willing.

From another, it's simple. Either we act, or the bullies take our lunch money.

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