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Anton Goryunov writes from Mogadishu: In case you’re wondering whether Somali pirates have gone all soft and cuddly and stopped hijackings cargo ships off the African coast, let me disappoint you: they’re still at it – with remarkable gusto. Yep, the boys in fishing boats with guns are showing two fingers to the whole world, capturing ships and taking their crews hostage. This year they’ve managed to hijack dozens of vessels of different sizes, even though there’s supposedly an armada of military ships patrolling the high seas, on the look-out for any signs of trouble. Something like 500 hostages are awaiting their release while their shipping companies and governments haggle over the size of their ransom. So the question that raises its ugly head is this: what’s the point of having all those fancy navies if they can’t sort out the Somali pirates? It’s really embarrassing to listen to Western military spokesmen talking about the ‘tactical brilliance’ of the pirates. They even have the nerve to say that these Somali fishermen turned buccaneers are well armed and well trained. It sounds pathetic, it really does. Are we to assume that our brave naval forces are not very well armed and not very well trained, compared to the pirates? If so, then we must have been throwing a lot of money away for years.
The pirates are armed with guns and grenade launchers, we are told by various experts and officials. In fact, nobody has ever seen them use a grenade launcher, so we might as well conclude that they carry them just to frighten easily impressionable sailors on war ships. It is also a huge an embarrassment that Somali pirates can so easily hijack large cargo ships, with whole crews surrendering at the first sight of the ‘mighty’ inflatable dinghies appearing on the horizon.
Four years ago a group of Somali buccaneers hijacked a Ukrainian cargo ship carrying more than 30 Russian-made T-72 tanks, a large consignment of rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft guns and ammunition.
This was the ultimate in humiliation: a ship with weapons on board was taken over by a bunch of pirates brandishing guns. Negotiations on the release of the cargo ships and the crew had eventually concluded in the payment of a huge ransom.
So what’s the point of developed nations spending billions on their armed forces and having all that hi-tech weaponry and hardware if small groups of pirates can easily attack ships that, for some unknown reason, give themselves up the moment a gunshot is fired in the air in anger, or even in a good natured way?
Rampant piracy off the coast of Africa demonstrates total lack of any co-ordination between the navies of the developed world. Not to mention that many Western servicemen have obviously lost their will to fight and stick to watching the buccaneers do their thing. Like it happened with the British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler who were hijacked more than a year ago while the crew of the Royal Navy ship watched the whole thing without interfering.
The military would make us think that it is very difficult to protect ships, as there are so many of them out in sea. But, excuse me, who needs a military convoy following every ship?
Isn’t the whole point of having an effective military machine is to provide decent communications and tracking systems, and a rapid response that could reach the area where the pirates are attacking the targets quickly, blowing them out of the water. It is obscene to think that modern armed forces are incapable of scaring off pirates.
And it is especially embarrassing that the hijackings of ships off the African coast take place along one of the most important sea routes, leading from the Persian Gulf to the US. We were told on many occasions in the past that major shipping routes are closely protected by the military and that every big and medium cargo ship has a satellite tracking system on board, allowing it to be monitored from above at any given moment?
Would we be right to assume that these satellites are tracking ships just for the fun of it? Anyway, here’s the deal: why not ask the Mogadishu Somali pirates to start patrolling the waters off the coast of Africa and beyond and maybe even sort out those pesky insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And who knows, maybe at some point the United Nations might turn them into peacekeepers and send them to hot spots around the world. Come to think of it, we might even ask the pirates to sort out the bankers who have caused so much misery for everyone and stole all that cash, hiding it in off shore havens.
Who knows, we might get some of that money back.
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Filed Under: Around the World Tags: Africa, International Maritime Bureau, Mogadishu, News,Persian Gulf, Piracy in Somalia, Royal Navy, Somali, United Nations
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Some of them may seem quite dumb questions, but no stone should be left unturned as I am sure you agree during times of complicated trouble and conflict.
Al Assad is only doing what any leader of any Gulf State, including Saudi Arabia, would do: defending his regime.
TAGS: BASHAR AL ASSAD, LAKHDAR BRAHIMI, PEACE, SYRIA, UNITED NATIONS
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Plus Britian is looking for all the right answers in all the wrong places. Go over to Stirring Trouble Internationally and find out what Jan Weathrhead has to say about the recent cards dealt to all the players.
TAGS: ARAB LEAGUE, BASHAR AL ASSAD, CEASE-FIRE, HILLARY CLINTON, SYRIA, UNITED NATIONS
United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution on Syria condemning itself basically for failing to sort out the crisis. Cutbacks are happening everywhere and this article is no different as you will see Dan Majestic is in New York reporting about the United Nations general assembly cutbacks.
Find out how the resolutions in Syria and the wars in Assad Syria are forcing Ban Ki-Moon and other members of the assembly to cut the numbers of council members attending the general assembly. As a way of exemplifying his observations in New York Dan takes another look at the Syrian rebels and how they compare to the rebels rallied by anti-Gadaffi and people like that who appose the state.
Filed As: BAN KI-MOON, GENERAL ASSEMBLY, RESOLUTION, SYRIA, UNITED NATIONS