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Pirates of Somalia

Somali pirates continue their attacks against international ships in and around the Gulf of Aden, despite the deterrent of stepped-up international naval escorts and patrols - and the increased failure rate of their attacks. Under agreements with Somalia, the U.N, and each other, ships belonging to fifteen countries now patrol the area. Somali pirates - who have won themselves nearly $200 million in ransom since early 2008 - are being captured more frequently now, and handed over to authorities in Kenya, Yemen and Somalia for trial. Collected here are some recent photos of piracy off the coast of Somalia, and the international efforts to rein it in. (30 photos total)

Pirates flee from the German navy as the frigate Rheinland-Pfalz intercepted them in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia's coast on March 3, 2009. The German navy detained nine people on March 3, 2009 after they tried to attack a German merchant ship, German media reported. (REUTERS/Bundeswehr)
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461 comments so far...

I dont like pirates! But i like the pictures!

Posted by Internet And March 16, 09 12:03 PM

pirate are awesome.

Posted by Drew March 16, 09 12:09 PM

The first picture isn't numbered / is lacking its j/k entry. Good pictures though. (:

Posted by LeeJH March 16, 09 12:23 PM

Modern pirates don't look much like their Caribbean counterparts.

Posted by March 16, 09 12:28 PM

# 18

Posted by Alex Kabusk March 16, 09 12:29 PM

I searched the net many times to find pictures showing me what's really going on there but couldn't find any relevant ones. These pictures are great...I still can not understand how these people can get away after getting the money they demanded. Can't they just chase them to the shore once they leave the hijacked vessel?

Posted by Sert March 16, 09 12:31 PM

27th picture has a typo, "Half of the its members"

Posted by brain March 16, 09 12:37 PM
Posted by Roger Burnham March 16, 09 12:38 PM

Just put one armed helicopter on each ship and shoot them -the pirates- before they get to the ship. As simple as that!

Posted by pierroro March 16, 09 12:57 PM

#19 makes this look like a problem that will solve itself in time.

And pirates have nothing on Ninjas.

Posted by Edward S. Marshall March 16, 09 01:03 PM

This is such a disappointing 'hot' news story. They don't even have outfits or cool ships.

Posted by Curt March 16, 09 01:03 PM

#18 Really? French handcuffs?

Posted by Nels Nelson March 16, 09 01:06 PM

To see the human faces behind the headlines is rare -- a great collection of photos again.


Posted by Mats H March 16, 09 01:07 PM

After reading the article 'You are being lied to about pirates' by Johann Hari, I will modify my previous comment: Pirates are not entirely wrong to act as they do.

Posted by pierroro March 16, 09 01:22 PM

"Can't they just chase them to the shore" - I think the problem is that there is no effective government on shore - this is Somalia. Have you see "Black Hawk Down"?

Well, at least we may have a solution for global warming... :)

Posted by erik March 16, 09 01:28 PM

Yeah, what Sert said! How do the pirates get away? And what do they threaten if they don't get the ransom? That they will kill everybody on board and/or sink the ship? No way they are getting away then!

Posted by Werby March 16, 09 01:49 PM

# 18

Posted by asd March 16, 09 01:50 PM

First of all, amazing pictures. I honestly don't understand how this has become such a problem. Add 5-10 man gun crews to ships that large, and they can easily repel a tiny boat of pirates. And if ransom is paid, how do they ever get back to land on a dinky boat like that? We have multi nation military power overwatching the transactions. Why let them make it to land?

Posted by JMK March 16, 09 01:55 PM

ARRRRRRGHHHHHHH!!! They be great pictures.

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Posted by mr. none of your bussiness March 16, 09 02:09 PM

so wild. why are some of them smiling?? they look more desperate than nasty, like they've got nothing to lose anyway. Which begs the question of the reactionary measures taken, maybe more focus is required on the why.

Posted by paolo March 16, 09 02:23 PM

ARRR!!! ARRR! .. piratas!! que va.. mas puede el hambre que la necesidad.. y pensar que detras de ese simple movimiento de piratas hay una red la cual el público nunca llega a ver.

Posted by esmilodonte March 16, 09 02:25 PM

I feel sorry for their arrest in a way. Stealing tanks isn't so much a crime as an act of philanthropy by my reckoning. They've also proven to inject enormous wealth into otherwise financially destitute regions of Somalia, and these aren't even Islamic radicals we're talking about.

They're just fishermen turned millionaires.

Posted by Alex March 16, 09 02:27 PM

Jeezus -- they're all so skinny. No wonder these people are turning to crime to support themselves.

Posted by mdmadph March 16, 09 02:27 PM

I'm a big fan of them. It was pretty funny when they stole that tanker. They are very brave :)

Posted by Anonymous March 16, 09 02:40 PM

Mixed feelings... From one side they are armed & dangerous, from the other side they are just poor guys living in a chaotic country trying to survive...

Posted by alani March 16, 09 02:44 PM

ninjas are better!

Posted by Adam March 16, 09 02:50 PM

What about their parrots??

Posted by Dr. Brinsk March 16, 09 02:58 PM

Why are the pirates smiling in so many of the pictures before they got put into jail?

Posted by gman March 16, 09 03:06 PM

After the giant western fishing ships plundered the coast of Somalia, making it impossible for Somalis to survive, it is only logical that Rich Countries send their armies to prevent the ex-fisherman Somalis from earning a living in any other way than through western-sponsored wars, as seems to be the norm in Africa for the two latest centuries ...
Or have I missed something recent in rich vs. poor countries politics ?

Rusty AK47 fought by the navy of a dozen countries, and it doesn't strike anyone as an oddly disproportionate use of force ...

Posted by Huang Di March 16, 09 03:12 PM

I don't get it... Where are the eye patches? The wooden legs? The talking parrots? The scurvy? The yo-ho-ho's and a bottle o' Rum?

Posted by Dudi King March 16, 09 03:14 PM

They should be fu***d off. They are wasting international humanitarian aids, business, trade and everything. It is migrane to whole internaitonal community. no country has a set of troops to just put for these pirates. Allow each country to have their own counter operations at sea, thats the only way to handle these guys.

Posted by Sam March 16, 09 03:14 PM

When was the last time you saw a ninja with a wench??

Posted by Greg C. March 16, 09 03:17 PM

Ninjas are better.

Posted by Trump March 16, 09 03:22 PM

Can anyone comment on how come they look so happy in some photos? Take photo 4, especially, it doesn't look like there's a lot of pressure...

Posted by pablo March 16, 09 03:22 PM

Pirates are finding it harder to seize vessels. I bet you, ninjas wouldn't have as much difficulty.

Posted by Ninjavanish March 16, 09 03:25 PM

Unreal photos..

Posted by Ryan March 16, 09 03:32 PM

HEY what's the deal?!?! Those aren't real pirates! Where are the bandanas, swords and skull and cross bone flags??Yarrr

Seriously tho, the picsare awesome

Posted by Dave Turman March 16, 09 03:46 PM

just to get it correct. German naval forces are called "Bundesmarine" not "Bundeswehr".

And yes, these pictures are awesome!

Posted by Martin March 16, 09 03:57 PM

I think we forget how bad the country of Somalia is. People can't find jobs, housing, or food. Obviously, becoming a Pirate is the first thing that pops in everyone's head when they consider the circumstances, but seriously - these guys look as if they are starving and need medical condition. It's scary how easily one's surroundings can lead to piracy! It is quite sad, but awful too.

Posted by john March 16, 09 04:16 PM

Seriously, just take these guys out to sea and throw them overboard when they're caught in the act. Simple as that.

Posted by Adam March 16, 09 04:22 PM

"Why are the pirates smiling in so many of the pictures before they got put into jail?" - gman

"Pirates are finding it harder to seize vessels. I bet you, ninjas wouldn't have as much difficulty." - pablo

Human beings sometimes "smile" reflexively and involuntarily out of anxiety, fear or nervousness.

A smile does not necessarily indicate happiness, and as these guys have very little to smile about, they must have been feeling anxious, afraid or nervous when these photos were taken.

Posted by Evie March 16, 09 04:29 PM

Seems to me all it would take is a 50 cal machine gun or two on your typical merchant vessel to stop these thugs. It certainly would be a lot cheaper than all the naval power thats being used.

Posted by Rj March 16, 09 04:30 PM

no eyepatch
no parrot
not even a pirate hat
at least try be professional :P

Posted by matty March 16, 09 04:38 PM

Are you kidding me? Why are we so soft on these idiots? Just bomb the crap out of them.

Posted by peacelovejoyguns March 16, 09 05:00 PM

Correction to the caption on picture 22 (your text "The pirates were arrested early last month by naval officers from a British Naval Ship MV Knight Wave which has been on patrol along the Indian Ocean waters"). The pirates were captured by HMS Cumberland (a Royal Navy frigate) and then transferred to RFA Wave Knight, which is part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (a supply ship).


Posted by Ed Phillips March 16, 09 05:03 PM

Add a couple of M-50's and maybe a TOW to each ship. It's absurd that a few men armed with rusty AK's and running around in open-hulled boats can cause so much trouble.

Posted by Michael Long March 16, 09 05:06 PM

They are smiling because it's a no-risk business for them. Most shipping lines will pay the ransom, and if they get caught by hapless western forces, they get turned over to corrupt African justice where a few dollars will by them a walk-out-of-jail card. What's not to like? Sometimes they are unlucky, though, and come up against a real navy like the Indian - which sunk a bunch of pirates recently, no questions asked. You should remove all your forces and pay the Indians and Chinese to deal with this human refuse as it should be dealt with. The west, sadly, is too embroiled in political correctness to be anything but an embarrassment down there.

Posted by Hon Wei March 16, 09 05:10 PM

We just posted this on our blog and to twitter, amazing photos! The ship on the beach is the most stunning and shows the real size of the vessels being held hostage by these real life pirates.

Well done!

Posted by Captain John Konrad - gCaptain March 16, 09 05:10 PM

It would make for far better photos if these guys would get with the program and dress up properly as pirates! Surely they have downloaded copies of Pirates of the Caribbean?

Why don't they send the Navy Seal types in to recapture a hostage ship? They can swim to the ship, scale the sides in the dead of the night and then silently kill all the pirates using garrotes and knives - just like in the movies. A couple Chuck Norris types and problem solved! :)

Posted by Jojo March 16, 09 05:16 PM

Yeah poor guys we prefer to put Thousands of dollars and euros in war boat and choppers to stop pirate to keep markets working ? No ? That's for the Right.
It's like this massive tanker going to deliver tanks and ammo to Sudan...

Everything is fine and this is still great pictures I really love your website

Posted by Gildas March 16, 09 05:35 PM

I think certain countries would have major issues with every ship armed. Imagine what would happen if you entered the waters of a country where a civilian cannot own a weapon. Plus, I would assume that everyone would have to be properly trained to use the weapons. There are laws regarding piracy, or atleast there where. If anyone has seen Pirates of the Caribbean, you know what Im talking about. Harsh, but it should stop piracy

Posted by AJK March 16, 09 05:44 PM

Shouldn't the Yemeni Coast Guard offer swimming lessons? I think that would be a good skill to have if you work on a small boat in the ocean.

Posted by Dav March 16, 09 06:07 PM

Smiling, come on, probably the best they have ever been fed in their lives. Muslim country so they don't miss the rum. Another thing, they aren't busted by their own, that means they probably won't be killed. Any risky business venture you go into and come out with your skin in one piece is a good one.
Why don't the crews fight back, why, mostly they get bonus pay if kidnapped by pirates, don't piss the pirates off you don't get hurt, someone pays the bonus and away you go. Or if you fight back better be sure you can take the pirates, else they gonna be pissed.

Posted by alphamale11 March 16, 09 06:16 PM

There were more ninjas than pirates on the ships!! you just didn't see them because they don't want to be seen!

Posted by ariel wollinger March 16, 09 06:19 PM

I say hang every last one of them and broadcast it across all of Somalia!!

Posted by Troll March 16, 09 06:19 PM
Posted by otherside March 16, 09 06:30 PM

In fairness, if the Somalis were stable as a nation, they wouldn't be in this mess. They still have viable natural resources, and could function as a trading gateway for the West, which would cram money into the country, but they instead exist in political turmoil. Let's see a government actually maintain control in the country, distribute humanitarian aid to the people (instead just a few select jerks) and start talking trade with the rest of the world. It's not our responsibility to make them succeed as a nation.

Posted by Respondant March 16, 09 06:35 PM

What they neglect to tell you is these people are actually fisherman, they have nothing to fish anymore because of commercial fishing of their shores. Which never took place until about a year ago and their government wont do anything about it, because they are being paid off by these large companies. So they are really doing exactly what you would do to feed your family! anything you have to!!!

Posted by captain jack sparrow March 16, 09 06:36 PM

only issue I have with these pics are, there are too many LIVE pirates.

MORE PICS OF DEAD PIRATES! These Skinny's are only brave when they
have an AK. As soon as they are caught, they should be killed, and tossed
back into the water. Duh.

Posted by zug March 16, 09 07:23 PM


Posted by dslkjfh March 16, 09 07:56 PM

Wow... Go Yamaha!!
Talk about good advertising, when both the goodies and the baddies are using your gear, you must be doing a lot of things right

Posted by StevoTheDevo March 16, 09 08:09 PM

We need to go back to what the US did in WWII and arm the merchant ships with military forces. It kept a lot of the merchant seamen safe and the hijacking was not an issue.

Posted by Pentaxfan March 16, 09 08:21 PM

why oh why the fvck are they (pirates) all smiling ????????

Posted by matelot March 16, 09 08:24 PM

#4.. they looked like tourists.. with guns.. certainly didn't look like pirates and hostages :)

Posted by Yusuf March 16, 09 08:50 PM

Somehow can't help but root a little bit for those pirates. They all have such nice smiles. GO PIRATES WOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by peppy March 16, 09 08:51 PM

If ninjas, pirates and Chuck Norris get together it's OVER!

Posted by evo190 March 16, 09 09:06 PM

These guys are happy. Get caught is their way to get in.
Watch out! They can steal your busker's hat!
Their job. Their life. Now they'll get some new business suit.
Hope for us it's not orange. Nor jet black...

Posted by voreball March 16, 09 09:07 PM

hahaha picture 20 guys wearing a NFL jacket LOL!

Posted by rob March 16, 09 09:27 PM

After all the press on the subject , the reality of this phenomenon has finally "sunk" in and been incredibly captured here. Thank you for consistently bringing the news into full view and force.

Posted by liz mitchell March 16, 09 09:47 PM

So how were these 'pirates' gonna take over a ship? I saw one AK47, other than that????

Posted by me here March 16, 09 09:52 PM

"In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died."

Excerpt from Johann Hari's article "You are being lied to about pirates"

Posted by Jane March 16, 09 10:28 PM

5 drowned returning to shore after their boat capsized. Was it capsized by a foreign made torpedo by chance?

Still, good luck to them while it lasts and the situation isn't escalating to violence.

Posted by Phil March 16, 09 10:32 PM

Among 65 comments at least 70% are written by pirates, by violent pirates.
Once again read: "You are being lied to about pirates"

Posted by pierroro March 16, 09 10:40 PM

Where is Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom?

Posted by donsnyc March 16, 09 11:06 PM

Great set of pics!! Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by gman March 16, 09 11:08 PM

In fact, the CAN gov and our navy seals are involved with "protecting" the world from these scary, dangerous "pirates"...we are spending multi-millions of dollars floating HUGE ships across to guard this area .... to "protect the world" from these poor, starving africans who are witnessing the REAL pirates, stocked with miltary tanks, come into their waters and land - stealing all their natural resources, and giving nothing to them in return.
Our government is there in arms ensuring the african enslavement, abolishment, downpressment.continues. these pics proove that!

Posted by JahlassieI March 16, 09 11:09 PM

So, are we going to have to affect Somali accents on Talk Like A Pirate Day??

Posted by Mike Mike March 16, 09 11:12 PM

The only picture missing is the one where there's a bullet being blasted through the sides of their heads.

Posted by Peace Monger March 16, 09 11:19 PM

they need better guns they look like junk?

Posted by Larry March 16, 09 11:22 PM

#22 ITS OJ

Posted by oj March 16, 09 11:35 PM

Big impact, the way these people look should be on guple

Posted by jen March 16, 09 11:38 PM

Cheap pirates!

Posted by Roger Kont March 16, 09 11:42 PM

A few grenades tossed over the side of any large container ship into their flimsy crafts should do it.

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 09 12:04 AM

Not trying to be antagonistic #46, but newsflash, bombing doesn't solve everything. Great photos.

Posted by Nia March 17, 09 12:33 AM

#27 = LOL

Posted by joe March 17, 09 12:47 AM

Some of the ones who were smiling were being handed over to Puntland authorites who are working with them. The ones handed over to the Kenyans weren't smiling.

Posted by Somali Snitch March 17, 09 12:58 AM

As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia, tells me: "Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury - you name it." Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to "dispose" of cheaply. When I asked Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: "Nothing. There has been no clean-up, no compensation, and no prevention."

At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish-stocks by over-exploitation - and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m worth of tuna, shrimp, lobster and other sea-life is being stolen every year by vast trawlers illegally sailing into Somalia's unprotected seas. The local fishermen have suddenly lost their livelihoods, and they are starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: "If nothing is done, there soon won't be much fish left in our coastal waters."

This is the context in which the men we are calling "pirates" have emerged. Everyone agrees they were ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least wage a 'tax' on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia - and it's not hard to see why. In a surreal telephone interview, one of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali, said their motive was "to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters... We don't consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish and dump in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas.

Cut and pasted from the huffington post...

Posted by Line Noise March 17, 09 12:58 AM

Awesome pics!

Posted by Deathray March 17, 09 01:12 AM

As an expert on piracy from a US Maritime Academy and an understudy of Dr. Donna Nincic, I would like to point out a few facts about the situation aboard vessels and that region, in order to enlighten.
1. Somalia is a failed state; failed states have an extremely high rate of piracy in and around their waters. There is no central government, no ability to enforce any laws across the country, and it is constantly in a state of civil war. Yes, these are fishermen for the most part; some, however, are aided or funded by groups such as Jemaah Islamiyah and Al-Qaeda. These ships can fetch very, very high prices in ransom. More so then a peasant fishermen in a failed state would ever be able to use (if the money isn’t already going to a local warlord as well).
2. Essentially piracy has been a "smash and grab" situation, not much different from a home burglary. It has only been within the last decade that piracy has become more aggressive, such as the hijacking of vessels to this degree. Most cases of hijacked vessels were simply black marked and the ship became part of the “Ghost Fleet”, its crew either killed or returned for ransom.
3. This has been going on for many, many years; it just was never reported in mainstream news until recently with a few high-profile cases coming to light. It wasn't reported for the sake of insurance rates unless the goods stolen proved significant. Piracy incidents weren’t even tracked formally by the International Maritime Organization till around 2000.
4. You cannot arm civilian vessels; it is against international maritime law. The only tools to fight pirates aboard a container ship, oil tanker, etc… are the firehouses and perhaps a fire ax or other items of that nature. Verse an assault rifle; it’s not much of a fair fight. The reasoning behind this is two-fold, as in why vessels aren’t armed, first is that it is to prevent mutiny. The second is, as pointed out in comment #52, you cannot bring weapons into another country or an armed vessel.
5. Lastly, and this relates to Johann Hari’s article, ocean dumping of nuclear waste is more costly then burying it and it is also extremely illegal. I find it hard to swallow that European countries are dumping waste off the Somalia coast, as they are signers on to the Law of the Sea Convention and the ban on ocean dumping. The fines and international black-eye would outweigh any, any financial benefit from dumping. As for the fishing, why would you dump nuclear waste in an area then farm fish from it? That’s just asinine, don’t doubt that there’s illegal fishing happening here, but this again, is not uncommon anywhere. It’s known as the Fish Wars, another little bit of international happenings that aren’t reported in the mainstream.

Posted by CH March 17, 09 01:34 AM

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Darren Tan March 17, 09 01:40 AM

Its only a matter of time before companies start paying companies like Blackwater money and head over there w/ state of the art weapons, and starting shooting first, and asking questions later and skipping the courts.

Posted by mrsmegz March 17, 09 02:08 AM

Nice to see the regular smattering of ignorance and racism in here. Just wouldn't be an internet comments thread without the willfully idiotic and bigotted. After all, it would be terrible to think that people who are a different colour than you are actually just as important as you are.

As ever, great work to the Big Pic in bringing a human face to the situation.

Posted by Chris March 17, 09 02:19 AM

Wrong Info - picture 29 is that of Indian Navy!!!!!!!!

Posted by pharm March 17, 09 02:31 AM

Hunger makes people do extreme things

Posted by mrbuddy March 17, 09 03:03 AM

How can a few armed men in a tiny boat be a threat to such a large ship? Why not just ignore them? Why let them climb aboard your vessel? Why hasn't this question been asked?

Posted by Question Man March 17, 09 03:59 AM

A bit sad seeing Somalis persecuted for doing their part to combat global warming.

Posted by Errsta Fonzarelli March 17, 09 04:37 AM

Where are computers, torrents and rapidshares? Where are CDs and DVDs full of pirated software, films and music? I don't think these are real pirates!

Posted by Martin Hruška March 17, 09 04:41 AM

Sensitive cargo = Yamaha Outboards

Posted by Jeff March 17, 09 05:02 AM

You know the authorities are being too lenient when you see smiles on the captured pirates' faces. A desperate socio-economic situation validly tempts, but does not excuse piracy.

Posted by Fritz March 17, 09 06:38 AM

Drink up me' hearties YO-HO

Posted by Dani March 17, 09 06:44 AM

Arrr!!! Pirates!

Posted by Dan March 17, 09 06:48 AM

They are laughing because they were told they are being returned to the gov. of Somalia and they are all saying "What Gov."?
The tanks headed for Sudan should have been sunk.

Posted by Den March 17, 09 10:14 AM

Thanks Chris comment #92, my sentiments exactly. And kudos to The Boston Globe, again! The Big Picture is consistently excellent.

Posted by dbk March 17, 09 10:28 AM

All those pirate and not a single parrot, wooden leg, eye patch or hook hand amongst them!

Posted by AussiePaul March 17, 09 10:39 AM

I used to think these people should be imprisoned for what they do. Seeing their eyes on these pictures I have yet to discerne a single evil person among them. I've seen worse eyes in neighbors, co-workers or -surprise!- lawyers.
These people are simply illiterate, malnourished and, more than probably, forced to take up arms by a local warlord. Hunger drives them, not greed. And it's the overfed "civilized" West that doesn't deign to alleviate their suffering. In which case maybe we are all a bit responsible for their boarding actions. Maybe we're all a bit pirates.
Hope I look good in that pirate hat...

Posted by Dimitris March 17, 09 10:40 AM

If they're getting 3.2 million dollars, why are they so skinny? EAT SOMETHING!!!!

Posted by Cheriebobearie March 17, 09 10:44 AM

Great pictures. You can see in pictures number #3 and # 4 that the pirates are armed with some type of R.P.G. ( rocket propelled grenade ) weapon, which they can probably buy cheap at a local Somali swap meet. I am not an expert in super tankers, but I imagine that their hulls are rather slim, no real match for an R.P.G. round so when the pirates buzz by the tankers and promise to punch a hole in the tankers water line, then the captain of the tanker has no real choice but to obey. Also, concerning picture # 19, a rusty kalashnikov rifle will kill you just as dead as a bright shiney new one. One final thought. If I were a Somali fisherman and saw my livelyhood being destroyed by foriegners illegaly fishing and dumping in my area, then I would take some of those same R.P.G.s, punch a hole in their boats without so much as a by your leave and make those people fish and dump their stuff someplace else.

Posted by raul briseno March 17, 09 12:06 PM

These pictures look like Yamaha advertising... I now know who is backing these pirates.

Posted by Yammy March 17, 09 12:20 PM

What a bunch of lemons!!!

Posted by Lebowski March 17, 09 12:32 PM

@ # 24
You idiot. They aren't 'fishermen' they have been firing bazookas at these ships. They hold hostages and demand exorbitant ransoms.

Posted by Jay Tee March 17, 09 12:43 PM

when they stop these filthy animals trying to take over a ship they should simply line them up and put a bullet in each of their heads, then drop their worthless lifeless bodies into the ocean. putting them on "trial" is ludicrous. that is the only way to curb piracy. what do they have to lose if we don't? otherwise getting caught in the act they just hold their hands up, get some new clothes and get a farce of a trial that will see them released back to pirate again within a few weeks/months. they are filth and should be treated as such.

Posted by T.K. March 17, 09 12:45 PM

ninjas are a lot cooler... :)

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 09 01:02 PM

What they need to do is sink their boats and let them worry about getting to shore from there, when they catch them. They are theives and some are murderers. It doesn't matter why they are doing it. I wouldn't feel sorry for them.

Posted by MJBose March 17, 09 01:08 PM

Thanks for the clarification. I read the huffington post piece... absolute garbage reporting. Not only falsified information and sensationalistic but all of its over the top reporting is proven wrong by a single commenter.

Obviously, Somalia is a failed state. However the masochists and terrorists who blame western european nations for the complete failure of somalia have been hopelessly indoctrinated. These pirates arent bad people for the most part, just people with no other options in life. But whose fault is that? Not France, for sure.

Posted by bob March 17, 09 01:09 PM

"Can anyone comment on how come they look so happy in some photos? Take photo 4, especially, it doesn't look like there's a lot of pressure..."

I imagine these guys are kind of like rock stars in Somalia.

Posted by Marc M March 17, 09 01:27 PM

Somalia and Sudan need to be dismantled into 3 or 4 countries each. They are problematic as they are.

Posted by KD March 17, 09 01:33 PM


Who needs a penis when I've got this?

Posted by Matt Alexander March 17, 09 01:46 PM

Plenty of people here seem to wonder about the smiles on the Somali's faces ...
Human being who fight for their lives/freedom usually have those kind of smiles ...

@CH, post #89, "army" commentator :
The "rule of law" needs an UNBIASED army to be upheld with any kind of credibility, or else it has the exact same moral grounds (and ultimate fate) as 1930's Hitler reign ...
As a reminder, the US Army did not fare well in Mogadishio against those same kind of rusty AK47, a while back ...Ever wonder WHY they withdrew so hastily ?

The world is changing ...

Posted by Black Hawk Down March 17, 09 01:46 PM

This isn't silly or funny, it's not like disney pirates where no one gets hurt. These people are desperate and are willing to do anything to make some money. Like people have pointed out they are starving people who have nothing to lose. Maybe attack the root of the issue and give some relief to the villages that are spawning these pirates so people won't feel that they have no other option.
Also since when were people so lenient on pirates? As soon as you catch them slit their throats and throw them overboard. Potential pirates need to see getting captured not as a warm meal and a cushy cell and instead as instant death.

Posted by Michael March 17, 09 02:57 PM

Just a cheap trick by Yamaha to advertise their outboards! :-)

Posted by doug March 17, 09 02:58 PM

Leave this poor people and pursue the american pirates of Oddisey... They're stealing spanish treasures.

Posted by Turco March 17, 09 03:15 PM

Did you know the right name of what you mentioned A*abian Gulf, is Persian Gulf?
No body of water in the world is named A*abian Gulf.

Posted by Jooloo March 17, 09 03:18 PM

real Big Pirate Pictures...

Posted by michael March 17, 09 04:01 PM

These people should be shot. They don't seem to be worried even tho they're captured.

Posted by Simon March 17, 09 04:40 PM

That was just stupid. The pirates think that they can or could out smart the NAVY....Um no it doesnt work that way. I cant belive how dumb they are i guess they will learn there lesson for next time. Why are they smiling????? Theyre about to be put in prison....... Airheads

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 09 05:09 PM

These are just hungry people.

Posted by fjinnw March 17, 09 07:01 PM

Why don't they hijack the fishing boats? The foreigners do all the work, then they swoop in and hijack the fishing boat. Bring it back to land, strip to upgrade existing fishing boats. Those wooden ones are not going to cut it. With a bounty of fresh seafood and new fleet of boats, they should be all set! Hummmm. That was easy!

Posted by Madmike March 17, 09 07:20 PM

I think they are not smiling it`s just because the sun is shining in their face

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 09 07:45 PM


Posted by lace March 17, 09 11:15 PM

my job sucks, pirates are cool and make way more money than i will slaving away in the server room, i am going to become a pirate. thank you for posting these pictures. you have changed my life!

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 09 11:56 PM

ba salam

Posted by jo March 18, 09 12:13 AM

I have the feeling, a lot of comments are just not well thought here... did you ever think why they are forced to do something like this? I don´t think they look very happy - look at what their have, how there clothes look, their bodys and their faces - nothing tells from happy lives. And then I walk through the City of San Francisco and see fat people, arrogant people, people who got definitly too much food in their live and all this (I am not talking about everyone here, I am also not talking about San Francisco or the U.S. - you can see this in every State in the Western Hemisphere. Think why thinks got like this and think what you can do to stop this.

Posted by Alexander March 18, 09 12:19 AM

I am from Kenya and these are the first pictures and really great ones at that I have seen of the pirates operating so close to home. When I see their faces, it could easily be a neighbor.
Thanks for posting

Posted by Raymond March 18, 09 02:19 AM

Somalia may be a really terrible country, they may be pushed into difficult situations and choices, but you cannot deny the simple fact that threatening human life is an inherently bad behaviour. Read about the news in Canada, Somalians are contributing HUGE numbers to gang-related deaths in the country that's giving them refuge, it's absolutely ridiculous to retaliate that kind of charity and giving with acting murder and violence in general. There are neighbourhoods in my own city that are completely unsafe because of this, it's absolutely insane to think of broad daylight murders happening in stores in our city, but hey, if you're to blame it on the people doing it and they aren't from here, you're automatically being discrimatory or racist .or If that's all that the entire country of Somalian can offer the global community, if they are so ingrained with this way of life, leave them there, keep them out of international waters all together and work on the problem where it begins and start there.

Posted by Jim Smith March 18, 09 04:13 AM

Where Obama? I don't see him...

Posted by michael March 18, 09 04:29 AM

Put them overboard and let them "swim" home. This is why i will not send any money , not even a cent to these corrupt states in Africa.

Posted by jaws March 18, 09 05:20 AM

Dear Commentators,

I have read the various comments, in particular about the smiling faces of the pirates and that these are driven by poverty and hunger. We have been on the receiving end, having had our crew and vessel CEC Future, held by pirates for 68 agonizing days, and what is missing from this commentary i.e. the faces of the more than 700 seafares who has been held hostage by somali pirates. I can inform you that there are no smiling faces there! The pirates are a ragtag band of criminals, high on drugs basically 24 hours a day. They have NO regards for the well being of the crew, and randomly terrorises the crew with mock executions, shooting over their heads, threatening the next of kin etc. The part about protecting fishing grounds is also laughable i.e. when you high jack tankers or even gas carriers for an extended period of time, then there is a real danger of an environmental catastrophy. The bottom line here is that this is a business and that the international community have been sitting on their hands until recently. Strides are now being made in making the Gulf of Aden a safer place, however inevitably once the action dies down, then the navy assets will be pulled out and we will see the cycle start all over again. The real problem is in Somalia, and NOBODY has an appetite for dealing with this!

Best regards

Per Gullestrup
Clipper Projects A/S

Posted by Per Gullestrup March 18, 09 05:36 AM

Respect man, for surviving, I don't understand these bullsh*t sympathies for low-lives like these pirates. I don't say they had easy life, but they chosen to be pirates, hijack people and ultimately become TERRORISTS (if using US language). Why would i care that these guys are poorly dressed? Do you think that if these guys recieve ~3 mil. USD that they will look like tactical commandos? No, they will spent it on drugs, alcohol, girls etc. There were even articles earlier that these ransom $ support some local shops, because these pirates spend more at home. What they deserve is to be shot on spot with stuff like #11 #27, and left onsite. Bodies would be washed ashore and warning given.

Posted by Martin March 18, 09 08:47 AM

Really enjoyed this. Thanks.

Posted by CobraB March 18, 09 10:07 AM

As to comment #87 - leave it to the Huffington Post to blame civilized society for the illegal actions of others. "It's OUR fault they became pirates!!!! We called them names, we told them they were poor, and we didn't pick them first for the international grass-fairy match....of COURSE they would resort to being Pirates!"

What a load of horse-hockey...yes, life is not good in Somalia. Who's fault is that? The gov't of Somalia, so why aren't they hijacking Somali vessels? And we are supposed to excuse this behaviour?

Posted by Brett March 18, 09 11:23 AM

I can hardly believe that randsoms really finish in pirates' poket...

It's just a so easy way for moving cash money from a Company to... Well ? Who? Governments, retro-fund to buyers, any other personal interests ?...

For the comments about how evil are these pirates, I guess none of the writters have ever known starvation. Easy to comment and judge these guys when you grow up in a society that fullfiled all your basic needs, and even more...

Posted by David Big March 18, 09 11:41 AM

#134 Thank you so much for telling it like it is. These people may be hungry but it's not our fault and hunger is no excuse for wanton theivery and violence. If they were really hungry they would be hijacking fishing boats, not tankers and supply ships. They are criminals and will be punished to the full extent of international and local laws barring corruption and scandal. Hopefully people in Somalia will see this happening and take action to free their country from corruption.

Thank you for the breath taking photos yet again.

Posted by Aaron March 18, 09 11:53 AM

Their home country may be in turmoil, but that does not give these thugs the right to hi-jack ships. Shoot first, ask questions later. That will put an end to their crimes on the high seas.

Posted by mike b March 18, 09 12:25 PM

it is so depressed

Posted by Anonymous March 18, 09 12:59 PM

Are you guys kidding me? Over the past decade it has been widely documented how European ships have dumped toxic waste, including nuclear, off the coast of Africa. The waste has been washing up on the shore for a while now and if you ask me, this is what they deserve! I don't care if it isn't the exact ship that dropped the toxic waste because they see Europeans as one people.

Posted by Victor March 18, 09 01:18 PM

why are pirates always so happy ??



because they ARRRRR !!!

Posted by The Unabonger March 18, 09 03:27 PM

yes #120 we did with draw...only because clinton made us before we could clean up the mess over there.

Posted by ER Keller March 18, 09 04:36 PM

Hey they may be hungry,but that is no excuse for the crime. If you come to my house and try to break in because you are hungry or for what ever reason you are not going to see tomarrow. Simple as that. They board your ship, you shoot first and don't ask questions.

Posted by erik March 18, 09 04:46 PM

On a more positive note - this shows the real need for a strong military by legitimate countries- there are always people who want to do harm to innocent unarmed civilians and we need the military to protect them- Congrats and thanks to our armed forces

Posted by John DeFilippo March 18, 09 05:31 PM

wher are yuo be four???

Posted by ali March 18, 09 05:37 PM

arr arrr arr, i am a pirrrrarrrt!

Posted by Ole March 18, 09 07:00 PM

To the author of comment 72 who only saw one AK-47....those guys in frame 3 aren't holding sno-cones. They are packing RPG's, that would do a hell of a lot more damage. I'd bet you want to solve this with more "gun laws". Know your weapons!

Posted by Mac March 18, 09 08:11 PM

@number 149
Running from Somalia is exactly what you did ... when the population saw the US army as the mindless & arrogant slaughterers their became (not my fault that you're blind) !!!
The only instances where US.Army can "clean up" are when foreign troops think for them (NATO & UN Mandates ?), or when they use Weapons of Mass Destruction ...

Where will you be running from, next time ??
- Iran ? Not as long as Russia says no more slaughters in the Middle East !
- North Korea ? Not as long as they have REAL weapons ...
- Our could it be your own country, in 2010 ?

In army training, it is said that your most important tool is your brain .... go look for it before you need it !!!

@150 & 151 : ABC Corp. stole my neighbor's food & money supplies and now he's robbing apples from trees to survive ... you'll call the US army to maim him, or shoot him yourself ? Be wary who you WORK for, as I do not think you're part of the select few who are supposed to survive under FEMA's planned dictatorship !!!
Bloodbath of native americans and enslavement of africans does not count towards legitimizing your country ...

Posted by Black Hawk Down March 18, 09 08:48 PM

Comment #139 Per Gullestrup
Your comment is the most interesting to me here. You and your crew have experienced first hand what the pirates are like. Can you get more of your crew to post their views and experiences here? This is a side of the story that is not being told here.

Posted by MJBose March 18, 09 10:51 PM

Cute jokers. I wish I were one of them LOL!.[Great pics though!]

Posted by Neil March 19, 09 12:51 AM

There is a sickening lack of peglegs, beards and eyepatches in these pictures. And all these "pirates" could probably make better money if they just left Somalia and become Calvin Klein underwear models - problem solved.

Posted by T. March 19, 09 06:09 AM

They are all smiling beacause they know there is a good chance a plane is going to fly over and drop a container full of $$$ on the deck of their stolen ship. Payday makes everyone smile.

These pirates might work for Yamaha apparently Where the f do you get a new Yamaha outboard in Somalia? It is probably tough to find one without AIDs, however...

Posted by Jonathan March 19, 09 09:49 AM

lame. it is all a set up so people can't do anything illegal anymore . let pirates do what pirates do let them be Free . i call for Freedom liberty and the pursuit of happyness for all Pirates even they kind that want your booty ..............

Posted by gunther March 19, 09 09:50 AM

Re: #22 caption - the priates were captured by a British Naval frigage and transferred to Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Wave Knight (not MV Knight Wave, as listed)

Posted by Ed P March 19, 09 10:04 AM

The question is asked: Why are the pirates smiling? The answer is because they aren't in any real danger. There is no risk here. If they seize a vessel, they get rich. If they're arrested, they get better treatment than they have at home.

Why on earth are we spending such huge amounts of money arresting and trying these pirates. This is ridiculous! Put armed troops hidden on ships at random. If pirates attack, warn them off. If they keep coming, let them get close, let the platoon appear on deck, open up with .50 machine guns, and kill them all. How many pirates will die before this stops becoming fun for them, and they stop?

Posted by kevino March 19, 09 10:43 AM

i bet the rusty ak still "runs" as it should... not so with "our" trusty m-16

Posted by cdevon1200 March 19, 09 04:32 PM

Answer to 156 - MJBose - thank you for your comments. Yes indeed the story of the crews and victims of this criminal activity should be told. Unfortunately most owners chose to hide their head in the sand, rather than stand up and be hear. If you go to our website - then you we have a Piracy new column on the right hand side, which some back ground. We have debriefed our crew upon their release from captivity and Danish TV is doing a documentary on the whole ordeal. Several of our crew members are showing signs of PTDS and we hope to be able to assist them through psychological assistance. The pirates stayed on the bridge and the crew were allowed to stay in the cabins most of the time, but with unlocked doors. The cook and some of the able seamen were forced to act as servants for some 20-30 pirates at any given time. The pirates would use the toilets and shower facilities at their whim, 24/7.... They had a problem with operating the toilets i.e. they flushed before they did their thing, suppose there is a bit of a learning curve here. They left an absolute pigsty when they finally disembarked. There were khat leaves everywhere. The pirates would arrange supplies of food twice a day, weather permitting. Khat supplies were delivered twice a day irrespective of the weather! Anyway it is a long story and once again proves that truth can be stranger than fiction.

Best regards

Per Gullestrup

Posted by Anonymous March 19, 09 05:04 PM

This so-called "huffington post" has got to be the largest amount of stupidity ever written disguised as "the shocking truth". Why the hell would "mysterious european ships" navigate all the way to the coast of Somalia to dump nuclear waste when it would be way easier just to dump it on open ocean? And what does "european ship" means? Almost every ship these days sail under flags of convenience, meaning that you can not tell where a ship comes from simply by looking at its flag.
Last but not least: "At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies" -- welcome to Africa, this is the reality of 90% of the continent and guaranteed that it is not because of nuclear waste.

Posted by Loalq March 19, 09 05:18 PM

The guys on the big ships should have said, sure, here's a little present for you and dropped a 55 gal drum of diesel on their heads. Problem solved. Either that, or just run them over. What a bunch of whimps.

Posted by Hugh Jorgan March 19, 09 05:18 PM

Why doesn't someone just drop an Acme safe on these jokers?

Posted by John March 19, 09 05:27 PM

I will go to Mogadishu and get me a Master's degree on Piracy Organization and Management. After 30 credits on the ports of Somalia, they guarantee you an intership with the various pirate groups for hands on experience by attacking cargo ships.
Oh, yeah, tuition is for free, just give some donation to the University after a succesfull raid and an handsome ransom. It is the career of the future and you become famous and rich.

Posted by lepuri March 19, 09 07:12 PM

nii armaspilt......:

Posted by Anonymous March 20, 09 03:52 AM

I am kinda surprised only one guy has lotion in that last picture. it is pretty dry in the desert.

Posted by joe March 20, 09 10:51 AM

Maybe mentioned before (sorry I can't read all the posts) but I doubt the rusty AK will even work, however, the RPGs in photo #3 might pack a punch.

Posted by Johnny B March 20, 09 11:15 AM

Any engineers out there want to work on a project for me? I want a UAV that can be controlled via satellite from my laptop. It needs to have enough range to make it from the coast of Somalia to my house, and it needs a really big hook for snatching a falling object by its parachute. ;)

Posted by Nunya March 20, 09 12:11 PM

They are nothing but scavengers. Wherever they go, they are worse than Hyenas.
"There is nothing like the smell of Napalm in the morning."
Get the drift?

Posted by SWATG March 20, 09 05:00 PM

ruqiya is abdinor

Posted by ruqiya March 21, 09 09:18 AM

mr 139 your comments do not add up, because the captured look very happy and relaxed, so how are they terrorised!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In fact all the captured so far thank the pirates for their hospitality, knowing that they were captured fishing illegally 200 km inside Somali waters or bypassing without paying the duties!!!!!!!!!

you are just a silly man trying to justify the excessive use of force!!!!!!!!!

are you planning to establish a security company because as your comments stand it just seems that you are scaremongering!!!!!!!!!!!!
Of course your audiences are the stupid, the ugly, the ignorant and the racists all of whom belong to jail like yourself!!!!

ok why just not leave africa and africans alone, you wouldn't have a problems or excuses after that!!!!!!!

Posted by sandra March 21, 09 09:41 AM

This list could be more comprehensive the efforts of all the navies involved should be lauded

Posted by Anonymous March 21, 09 10:47 AM

Maybe better to wipe Somalia off the face of the earth!!! This is bull..... but not a country

Posted by Abdula Peacemaker March 21, 09 10:53 AM

They were not pirates, they were fishermen till Western Countries started dumping toxic waste and nuclear waste into their water. Their fish was destroyed by these waste. I don’t call them Pirates but protecting their home land. Have you ever heard Somali pirates before? Ask yourself what pushed them to be pirates. Check this Video for more evidence.

Posted by David March 21, 09 04:05 PM

Nothing on earth can justify piracy - period. The question is who are the real pirates/ criminals?
According to reports from the London based international maritime organization, over 700 vessels are illegally fishing off the Somali coast at any given time and over the past couple of years, needless to mention the regular damping of all sorts of toxic material with its simplest form being washing empty oil tankers . No single country has condemned! Let alone of acting on good faith. Why? Because everybody is evolved one way or the other from China to USA – and that is a fact.
Somebody tell me what on earth a Japanese, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, etc are doing there? Vacation may be? Or may be they are there for sight seeing! Will one single person among those who have posted silly comments on this webpage agree on a day light looting of their livelihoods or national assets? Will any country allow such illegal invasion and day light robbery? Will you agree that some foreign people in defense of their own looters capture, prosecute, or kill in cold blood innocent people? And when they say No, ooh they are bloody criminals/ pirates! Resolution after resolution, the United Nations Security Council supports such nonsense.
History will held responsible the world leaders of today and those who advocate for attacks on Somali Soil. Take your troops out of Somali coast, stop looting Somalia, stop killing innocent people, and stop this nonsense for havens' sake.
Make no mistake, so long there is a breathing men and women in Somalia, they will continue to defend themselves – trust me on that.

Posted by Abdulle A March 21, 09 05:27 PM


Posted by PANCH March 21, 09 05:28 PM

Why are ships so close to Somalia? Simple answer, look at the map. That is by far the quickest route from asia /australia/east africa to europe. Second one is around alll africa, which is thousands km longer. And if you deliver cargo, you try to choose shorter path, logically. Illegal fishing? WTF??? Tell me how can big cargo ship carrying T72 tanks be doing any significant fishing? :D
Maybe sailors took their harpoon and got one or two fishes, but that's it ...
Other ships - oil tankers, cargo carriers - what kind of fishing? These pirates do note care about such stuff, they are primitive greedy people, who see way to get easy money, and we are not able to deal with them properly.

Posted by saiya-jin March 22, 09 03:54 AM

What's holding the US/British Navy to act on these pirates, heard the Indian Navy acted well on many occassions. It's a shame to drop in ransom and free the vessels. Saudi's biggest tanker hijacked and released on paying ransom!!! It's a shame for the whole world that it's still happening. Someone should act fast...

Posted by Joseph March 23, 09 12:47 AM

any terminal must have good indsrail securtiy

Posted by rani March 23, 09 05:59 AM

they are not pirates they are just defending their country from illegal fishing and dumping of toxic wast

Posted by terry March 23, 09 09:54 AM

Having read most of these comments, I find it difficult to understand how some people can be so narrow-minded, and/or just plain stupid. Of course there was no intent of stopping the illegal fishing. They didn't hijack the fishing boats!!! How dumb can you be to make a statement like "These are poor starving fishermen." These men are nothing but cold-blooded pirates who wouldn't blink an eye at killing all you do-gooders who believe they are justified in their actions. I agree with the idea that the only way to assure they won't be back preying on innocent shipping the day after their trials are over would be to open fire on their little wooden boats, and let them swim back to shore. They'll think twice next time!

Posted by Diana March 23, 09 10:20 AM

they proper fantastic thet have to do that and u cany kill them i will get whole os u.s.a army to france

Posted by Anonymous March 23, 09 02:08 PM

An excellent deterrent to pirating would be the use of protected convoys. The pirates would be vastly outnumbered by a small armed force and the the shared cost by the shipping companies would be minimal.

Posted by David Vaughan March 23, 09 10:55 PM

15-20 deniz yamyami ile basa cikilamiyorsa yaziklar olsun "bu dunyada yasiyorum" diyen devlet yoneticilerine.

Posted by ersin manco March 24, 09 08:48 AM

waht you spect from them there contry been lefte with now suport from others

Posted by jamal March 24, 09 03:29 PM

Ah. I’ve found the problem.

As it currently reads:

Somali pirates continue their attacks against international ships in and around the Gulf of Aden, despite the deterrent of stepped-up international naval escorts and patrols - and the increased failure rate of their attacks. Under agreements with Somalia, the U.N, and each other, ships belonging to fifteen countries now patrol the area. Somali pirates - who have won themselves nearly $200 million in ransom since early 2008 - are being captured more frequently now, and handed over to authorities in Kenya, Yemen and Somalia for trial.

As it could read:

Somali pirates have discontinued their attacks against international ships in and around the Gulf of Aden, due to the deterrent of stepped-up international naval escorts and patrols - and the increased failure rate of their attacks. Under agreements with Somalia, the U.N, and each other, ships belonging to fifteen countries now patrol the area. Somali pirates - who have won themselves nearly $200 million in ransom since early 2008 - are being sunk with all hands.

Posted by RonF March 24, 09 03:31 PM

why not put electrified cables around ships so they cant climb aboard????

Posted by john doe March 24, 09 08:45 PM

SAVAGES! should have turned them into fish food right then and there!
Unwashed animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by HaTeMoNgeR March 25, 09 12:59 AM

somalia,,are poor country fighting 20 years place of hungrey why,you guys went to there in somalia ocean? becouse test nucler weapon? right becouse there is no goverment.somalia poeple facing to much school no life there poeple wake up everday with gun..stomach hungrey makes you steal those somalia pritaes they have family..who gonne support there familys if there is no job guys posting shit comments..dont have no idea what is going on that place,,,why in first place you guys going on somalia sea? becouse to steal the fish? well those priates are hungrey they dont work or dont got money nowhere so they need job.

Posted by Anonymous March 25, 09 04:30 AM

what's comment nº 191?????there's no sence...I think they must be really hungrey if the area is protected by French, German, Yemen, Kennian US 's's another sad situation in this world

Posted by Alexandra March 25, 09 07:38 AM

In answer to the following from Pharm, since when does India use the german Flag (Horizontal bands from Up to down Black, red and yellow) as can be clearly be seen on picture # 92 ?
On the contrary, it's the Bundesmarine !

Wrong Info - picture 29 is that of Indian Navy!!!!!!!!
Posted by pharm March 17, 09 02:31 AM

Posted by DELGOFFE Christian March 25, 09 10:16 AM

Reminded me of the American soliders in Iraq...

Posted by Sam March 25, 09 10:55 AM

Commercial ships should have armed personnel onboard, when they sail near Somalia. Simple as that! Shoot pirates at sight. As long as these vessels are easy prey for pirates, as long there will be piracy on Aden bay...

Posted by Finnish fisherman March 25, 09 12:57 PM

Pastafarians ?

Posted by Bluebeard March 25, 09 01:37 PM

Well done, Prirates... Defenders of Somlian Caost.
Insult only comes from the week and hopeless. Knowing little is very dangerouse... Read do not watch TV

Posted by Anonymous March 25, 09 04:37 PM

thnx the Prirates is a good people

Posted by caano geel March 26, 09 06:35 AM

Those pirates look like cab drivers... Maybe look for the guy who hires them? Just a thought.

Posted by grenouille March 26, 09 06:56 PM

Remember all of you sees you lucking important thing, 1st place why all these ships went illegal to the coast of Somalia? because they are hiding something may be putting nuclair waste or stiling fishs those poor fisher man use to fish.
These pirates they didn't go any where else other that guarding their coast, so all these ships should stay away Somali coast if they want be safe. Catching few pirates will not stop this issue I believe.
Some of you are racist, by just reading your commetts, that show me your ignorance, so go get education to help you to be open mind

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 01:20 AM

What is the root cause of piracy? unless that is solved no one can end the Somali pirates.

Posted by Cali March 27, 09 01:31 AM

Type your comment here...

Posted by saleebaan March 27, 09 04:09 AM

First of all we must think why they did this bad thing?
Those people are suffering from beggary. We should provide a food, cloths, medical treatment and good education to them if we dont want them new generation to be like them.

Posted by Tom March 27, 09 05:05 AM

God Bless Somalia Sae and prirates ! god bless ,,they controling our sea with those thefts who wanna steal somalia fish and test nuclear weapon somalia sea !.......God bless them somalia...i love my poeple....

Posted by marwa March 27, 09 05:51 AM

comment of 184,,,i agree with you,,,they are not pirates they are just protecting their home country illegal fishing and dumping of toxic wast

Posted by marwa March 27, 09 05:57 AM

Placed in tricky situation every human being will do what they need to survive, the whole world is in dire financial situaion because of the greedy westerners, the somali qexisted ever since this universe was created and we never had no pirates from there why now, because the europeans want to fish and dump thier toxic wast there and people over there are face with this. So when people standup and want to protect thier livelyhoods they are treaten,called pirates. Let me say this to those who want to shoot the pirates please do because next time We won't be demanding many we will just sink your ships and we will see how cries the most

Posted by PirateSpokesPerson(PsP March 27, 09 06:44 AM

Somalia is not a poor country, its one of the richest countries in the world. Somali people they always smile and look happy, they are happiest people on earth. I live in London and see every day a lot of people in better position than those pirates, but they look distressed, depressed and worrying! Western countries used our sea as a place to dump nuclear waste and other dangerous materials. Foreign governments and international agencies armed worlords and functional leaders. They failed to provide any kind of meaningful support. They happily watched when Ethopian troops murdered and displaced thousands of my people. Please leave my country and my people alone. Let them to rebuild their country!

Posted by Abdul March 27, 09 07:40 AM

hello every body iam verry happy to hear somalian piracy becouse they protect on EUROPE AND AMERICA that they went to using force all the world including arabs all arabs africa asia AMERICA and EUROPE i realy now what they want in somalia becouse somalia and somalian are rely ganaral goo in their action to catch all the ship from USA AND europe BECOUSE That shop they were loading ok weapons from europe and usa to africa and asia iam realy want to see all somalian to be get up their country and protect all USA and EUROPE also w will tell except countries and peopes to be more attention in USA and EUROPE AND UNITED NATION be ouse UN is in USA and is offie of working in USA .EUROPE AND ISRAIL iwill se till i dead USA AND ISRAIL AND EUROPE TO BE LOST i am great happy to hear somlaian piracy and palastinian rotectionist agains WOREST PEOPLE WORL ISRAIL IS FATHER OF ALL WORRSE LIKE USA AND EUROPE

Posted by john March 27, 09 01:54 PM

They look so unorganised. I can't believe they can hijack such big ships.

Posted by Francesco Battaglini March 27, 09 04:53 PM

are somalians the most good looking people in the world ?

Posted by eric johanson March 27, 09 08:27 PM

well, many of us could not understand. Could it be creating new jobs for some? Creating lucrative jobs for some previlleged companies. If you are French and trying to defend France, just think about 56 French boats fishing in the Somali waters. That was before France had sent the warships but now there might be hundreds. It is easy to stop the piracy but do we really want to do that?
Do not only look at the piracy but look at and think about other problems that are related to the situation such as nuclear waste dumping in the Somali coast waters while still fishing from those same waters and selling the product to the western populations. Cancer cases are significantly increased in Somalia (particularly in coast areas). That may be in correllation with the increased dumping of nuclear waste and other biohard residues in the red sea and the indian ocean waters of Somalia since the collapse of the Siad Barre government. The same situation (causing cancer to people) could apply to those areas of Europe and North America where the fish brought from the waters of Somali coasts are sold. I would suggest that we either think of ways to stop the nuclear waste dampage in those waters or not buy the fish that is brought from there. Of course, there is no way to know if we are buying products from there as it is not labeled. It is you and I who are in risk to get a detrimental disease such cancer as we buy those products.
The Western regimes are not immune but the people as individuals differ one from the other in their opinion of the situation. Some are not even aware of the whole porblem, others have ideas based on the media which might itself be biased, others are extremests, while some are well educated of the situation and concerned for both sides (the west and Somalia).

Posted by International citizen March 28, 09 03:25 AM

The comments make interesting reading. Most comments show a complete lack of even the most basic understanding what shipping is all about. Defending somalia??? Not so. When you sail between Suez canal and asia, Somalia is in no way involved. I am a sailor. Yes, i passed through the gulf of Aden recently. Yes, i have seen a ship under attack with my own eyes. Yes, i have seen the small boats. No, we are not fishing. No, we do not dump any waste. In other words: we have nothing to do with Somalia. So leave us alone. These pirates are just pirates, and nothing else. Poverty? None of my business. Solution? Ask the Indian navy. Eliminate as many of these pirates as possible. And for the USA....... They terrorise the whole worldwide shipping community with their ISPS code. Now they got some real pirates, and let them go. Gross. I am not on a ship at the moment. Even sailors go on leave once in a while.

Posted by Angry sailor March 28, 09 07:10 AM

damn! 2 40hp Yamahas on that little canoe boat! Must really fly!

Posted by lolo March 28, 09 10:41 AM

Somali pirates are my heroes, wow just amazing!

Posted by James Hamilton March 28, 09 06:29 PM

I've got the time, let's just wait until the pirates approach, let them get realllllly close, and then dump the toxic waste right on them! Everybody wins!

Seriously, though, why can't these wacky somalis stop pirating and just go back to scamming people on the internet? They're really good at that.

Posted by lovin those wacky somalis! March 28, 09 07:57 PM

I LIKE this pirates becouse of their efforts , you know how many warships in somalia now ? there are alot of warships in Somali coast so what are they doing? Are they fighting pirates or they doing their bussines ? think again...

Posted by M gedi March 28, 09 08:25 PM

funny , and well done action ,
thanks ,

Posted by humaal March 29, 09 04:46 AM

i would like to ask a quastion to all particepent ,
who is behind of these somali pirates? ????/

Posted by humaal March 29, 09 04:49 AM

I BARDZO DOBRZE !!! Za wszyskich zaginionych i zabitych powinno sie ich nie sadzic tylko kulka i do wody!!!

Posted by Jacek March 29, 09 08:22 AM

good evening every person.i have read most of the comments written by readers but i have not understood something..we know that somalia has second largest coast in africa make sure of that.,it is struggling to live for almost 60 years after getting it's independence from western colonization..once for the war between USSR and west and another time due to what is called war againist terrorism all of these wars are lead by united states of america.and now war againist piracy.who did choose america for leading the world..that's question. secndly every one who follow somali situation will recognise that everything is not in the hands of somalis.

Posted by Anonymous March 29, 09 01:05 PM

#220, western are behind this, it is set up

Posted by asma March 29, 09 03:22 PM

I'm supporting them to rope the ships feeshing the somalian ocean,they don't puy tax for our country somalia they allways feesh with out permission so if somalian cuch them it's oki .

Posted by ali March 29, 09 03:57 PM

I am Somali and the Somali people are called Somalis NOT "Somalians" People the adjectives stright first.
Now your comments most of which crealy show your lack of understanding on the issue at hand. The pirates are robbers or thieves as there are robbers and theives in everywhere in the world. The only difference is; they are armed to the teeth and there is no government in the country that puts them out of business. Let me assure they don't have the support of the Somali people. On the contorary, they are total disgrace to the country and the people.
Yes the Somali waters are ILLEGALLY overfished and ILLEGALLY used as toxic dumping ground and YES of these have had a devastating affect on the health and the economy of MY people. Some local fishermen have even had their nets cut by large foreign fishing-vessels and when they tried to resist got water-hosed!
The real losers here are my poor people. Sady BOTH the pirates and the westren warship are not working for the interest of the real victions-the Somali People.

In the meantime, though, comment like "217" (wrote by someone who obviously does even know the geographical location of the country and probably mistook it with Nigeria or other West African country allegedly engaged internet fraud) can occupy more valuable internet space and waste reader's time.

217.I've got the time, let's just wait until the pirates approach, let them get realllllly close, and then dump the toxic waste right on them! Everybody wins!

Seriously, though, why can't these wacky somalis stop pirating and just go back to scamming people on the internet? They're really good at that.


Posted by Mubarak March 30, 09 01:55 AM

before we say a word about the pirates let us consider what brought western ships into Somalian cost? why don't you see those Chinese , Thai, Indian and many other people who are stealing Somali sea resources ? why world could n"t see those ill western countries such us America who are bring nuclear toxics into Somali water it's clear to every body even some Asian countries are bring nuclear toxin and many other deadly toxins to Somali water where they didn't afford to throw these toxic stuff no other place but Somalia .Somalian pirates has rights to defend their water you stupid and greedy American will finally regret

Posted by wasa america March 30, 09 10:39 AM

So amizing how this world was made!!

i wonder the people thoouse wrote these comments they ain't imagine the problme of the country(somalia) which doesn't have central gov't for the last 20 f*cking years.. this problem can't be solved untill the stability of somalia will be solved...... so the international community must concentrate this matter.

Posted by A'naan March 30, 09 12:27 PM

Several articles indicate that toxic waste of all types, nuclear, lead, etc. are being dumped by European countries into the ocean near Somalia. Afte the tsunami washed up rusting barrels of nuclear waste, people were getting sick and apparently a corrupt government is turning a blind eye to these dumpings. Likely being paid off.

Please before making trite guesses about why the pirates operate, look for the real reasons.

I am not saying toxic waste is being dumped there for sure, but this would be one very good reason for the piracy. To help pay for cleanup of the waste takes money.

The fish are likely contaminated etc. I think the pirates may have a very good reason for what they are doing. Someone more informed than I could help here with an investigative report.

Posted by Quiltskate March 30, 09 08:27 PM

To all the naysayers: do you really think they would need to be pirates if their fishing grounds and beaches weren't being polluted by toxic waste from Western ships? Maybe if they didn't see their children being born with severe deformaties and they were able to catch a decent amount of non-toxic fish (their only real abundant food source before the pollution), they might be able to leave the ships alone. But when you are forced to put up with this crap, after awhile you are not going to take it any more. But, just like the War For Rich Man's Greed... ooops, sorry, the War Against Terrorism... all the Western media shows us is heroic pictures of guys dressed in camoflage gear playing the world policeman role. FFS, think about why the "pirates" are doing this rather than judging based on one-sided journalism. GO PIRATES!

Posted by Dylan March 31, 09 01:09 AM

"There are two piracies in Somalia"
A must read article if you really want to understand the piracy issue in Somali.
Mohamed Abshir Waldo has written what may be the best overview of the problem of the two piracies:
There are two piracies in Somalia, the well publicized attacks on shipping by pirates from Somalia, and the much more expensive, damaging, and long lived piracy in Somali waters, the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing fleets there from Europe, Arabia and the Far East, and the dumping of toxic waste in Somali waters. Both of these are violations of international law, but because Somalia has had no real government for close to two decades, no one has listened when Somalis ask for help with these two piracies.
The origin of the two piracies goes back to 1992 after the fall of the Gen. Siyad Barre regime and the disintegration of the Somali Navy and Police Coastguard services. Following severe draughts in 1974 and 1986, tens of thousands of nomads, whose livestock were wiped out by the draughts, were re-settled all along the villages on the long, 3300kms Somali coast. They developed into large fishing communities whose livelihood depended inshore fishing. From the beginnings of the civil war in Somalia (as early as 1991/1992) illegal fishing trawlers started to trespass and fish in Somali waters, including the 12-mile inshore artisanal fishing waters. The poaching vessels encroached on the local fishermen’s grounds, competing for the abundant rock-lobster and high value pelagic fish in the warm, up-swelling 60kms deep shelf along the tip of the Horn of Africa.
The piracy war between local fishermen and IUUs started here. Local fishermen documented cases of trawlers pouring boiling water on the fishermen in canoes, their nets cut or destroyed, smaller boats crushed, killing all the occupants, and other abuses suffered as they tried to protect their national fishing turf. Later, the fishermen armed themselves. In response, many of the foreign fishing vessels armed themselves with more sophisticated weapons and began to overpower the fishermen. It was only a matter of time before the local fishermen reviewed their tactics and modernized their hardware. This cycle of warfare has been going on from 1991 to the present. It is now developing into fully fledged, two-pronged illegal fishing and shipping piracy conflicts.
According to the High Seas Task Force (HSTF), there were over 800 IUUs fishing vessels in Somali waters at one time in 2005 taking advantage of Somalia’s inability to police and control its own waters and fishing grounds. The IUUs, which are estimated take out more than $450 million in fish value out of Somalia annually, neither compensate the local fishermen, pay tax, royalties nor do they respect any conservation and environmental regulations – norms associated with regulated fishing. It is believed that IUUs from the EU alone take out of the country more than five times the value of its aid to Somalia every year.
Illegal foreign fishing trawlers which have being fishing in Somalia since 1991 are mostly owned by EU and Asian fishing companies – Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Russia, Britain, Ukraine, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Yemen, Egypt and many others.

Posted by Pirate commander March 31, 09 05:35 PM

somalians must be brave men

Posted by berhano April 1, 09 07:55 AM

i think we need to define the meaning of pirates, i believe these guys can not be called pirates but heroes and environmentalist.coz they serve for the Somali people with out being paid a penny. but you don't believe this if you have not withnessed the nuclear waste containers washed out on dailly bases. that was dumpped by the europians. As Somali was destroyed by the them in order to make it dumbing site for their nuclear and bioliogical wastes.
I believe calling these hereos pirates is like the term 'terrorist' used to disriminate and and massacre the muslims.

Posted by Reality April 2, 09 12:43 PM

I think we should all read the comments of 139, he summed it up quite well

Posted by TJ Brinkerhoff April 2, 09 09:22 PM

I have no respect for these guys. They are nothing but a punch of criminals as far as I am concerned. The problem is that with the limited resources they have they are very good at what they do, or is it that someone(s) blink an eye, so that this someone(s) will have an execuse to come and 'protect' these waters.

Posted by Ali April 3, 09 05:06 AM

Comment 234 by Ali:
What makes you think they care whether you have respect for them or not?
These guys are operating in their own teritorial turf, not in the Eurpean, Asian or Ameriacn waterways. Pirates or not, they have every right to protect their own resources.

Viva Somali Coast Guards, AKA Pirates! Keep up the good work.

Posted by Pirate Commander April 3, 09 01:52 PM

A question for all your commentators; have the Somali pirates killed any of their hostages yet? I believe not.

Another question; how many poor Somali fishermen have the European/Asian trawlers and toxic dumping killed? I heard over 300.

Get informed people, get informed.

Posted by Mad Mullah April 3, 09 02:52 PM

the pirates are ex-somali navy that take responsiblity on their shoulder to defender the long somali coast 3600km. The solution is not war ships the solution lays on stablizing this country.

Always do not see the pirates bad guys they are good guys who are collection some kind of tax.

Posted by Somali April 3, 09 05:09 PM

I don't understand how these people are still hijacking ships. we can kick their asses so easily.

Posted by Steve April 3, 09 05:41 PM

It amasses me how devilish some of the comments are. Are people not allowed to smile or be happy even when they are being dragged by American Marines who have no business being in their coast? These fisher men were driven to do what they did for the world to take notice. I would love to know what you would have done if you country was ignored by the so called powers of the world and the only time you have gotten noticed is when the greedy people's felt the damage piracy could do. But for some eighteen years no one went to the rescue of these fisher men when toxic waste and trash from your counties were being dumped in their shores taking away their livelihood. I know none of you winners could endure what they had to endure for the past 18 years, you all would be dead and wouldn’t survive the ordeal. Funny how the smiles on their faces bothers you? Would their smiles bother you if they were not poor black skinny starved Africans. Count your blessings and allow a little life for others, it’s only a smile for crying out loud. They are smiling because they shook your core that is something to smile about!

Posted by Hannah April 4, 09 01:10 AM

Solution is simple. Each ship go hire a professional sniper team. Kill whomever tries to board you illegally. Problem solved.

Posted by LTMM April 4, 09 02:19 AM

i am an america, and i support somali piracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by martin April 4, 09 05:21 AM

i lovethem they best

Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 12:25 PM

Give them jobs and money after that if the returned to piracy , Attacked them.
They suffer from extreme poverty and hunger , do not review your strength to the weak and poor people

Posted by demorgan April 5, 09 06:26 AM

hey you all, to me pirates fisher man of somalia are strongest somali men who at least taking action for th terriorist of americans and europeans after all they deserve what they get plus what happens to them is manner compare to africans
i wish i was there i could use my gun right then and there, looking after your sea is not a crime but killing children of plastine,chachinia,somalia iraq,afghns,etc is crime full stop. ps and leave our lands alone french,american,and british they are united to distroy you.

Posted by anita April 5, 09 03:21 PM

Forget trails. These cut throats should be executed on sight. Use firearms on the open seas, your instant target practice for the armed forces.

Just forget about due process when piracy is concerned. You might as well negotiate with terrorists.

Posted by Claymore Blaster April 5, 09 06:08 PM

OMG!!! they don't look like pirates or being starved ! but, they look like they're getting ready for a run way shoot in LA./NY! lol!

Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 02:02 AM

OMG!!! they don't look like pirates or being starved ! but, they look like they're getting ready for a run way shoot in LA./NY! lol! (I MEAN THEY LOOK LIKE MODELS READY FOR A PHOTO SHOOT NOT A STARVED PIRATES)

Posted by Anonymous April 7, 09 11:51 PM

usa and eurpa..canada and the world must stop dumping nuclar waste in somalia sea,,,,,,stop dumping waste

Posted by ali April 8, 09 11:46 AM

It seems to me that large fishing nets are the solution to piracy. First the attacked ship just puts down the accomadation ladder. Second, at this point the pirates are least able to use their weapons. Third, with lead weights and small air cannons the net is shot over the heads of the bording pirates and down, down, down they go. Also the nets could be dropped by aircraft to disable already bordered vessels. The nets or wire cables would wrap around the ships propeller shafts and disable forward movement. The U.S. Navy would then bring in Navy Seals to rescue the captured crews. vesse

Posted by Anonymous April 8, 09 12:10 PM

We as Americans can stop the attack on shipping anywhere in the world
The answer is to make food and Medicine available to these Africans
and this situation should cease.

Posted by Norm April 8, 09 12:19 PM

I don't get it. Just shoot them and be done with it.

Posted by Frank Rizzo April 8, 09 12:31 PM

All of you people saying "Just shoot them" are wicked, wicked ignorant. That is pretty much all I have to say about you and it is people like you who make me want to say GO PIRATES!!!

Posted by whyarehteresomanystupidpeopleonthisplanet April 8, 09 02:44 PM

IF they shot them on site instead of treating them with respect and arresting them for trial, You would see this behavior decline immediately by 80 percent.

Posted by Always right April 8, 09 02:54 PM

No Comment, Just observed

Posted by Padam Bahadur April 9, 09 02:52 AM

If there were/are trawlers fishing illegally in Somalian waters, why those armed boats seize merchant vessels for ransom rather than attacking and sinking the trawlers ?.
Somalia is a mess because the Somalis wanted it that way.
Fight the pirates and otherwise forget that Somalia exists.

Posted by Elgato April 9, 09 05:20 AM

I am in complete accordance with the moron who posted comment # 175. We should indeed leave Africa and Africans alone -- and when there is no western aid to help these people; and when starvation and AIDS have done their work, perhaps I will no longer have to read stories about the refuse of humanity threatening those of us who choose to live in a functional society.

Posted by prairiemike April 9, 09 07:13 AM

Time to get more "trials", no more being P.C. They are pirates on the high seas. Kill them...all of them. Once the world sees that we are not screwing around anymore...they'll stop high-jacking ships. Problem solved.

...and for all you "Obama lovers".....these pirates ARE terrorists....not "man made disasters"....

Posted by Obama is a socialist April 9, 09 08:04 AM

Are they defenders of their part of the world or aberrant terrorists under the influence of chewing a drug like leaf? What responsibility does the outside world have in their reaction to illegal dumoping of toxic waste and overfishing? Yes, they have a cocky and somewhat romantic image to their people but if they are ransoming millions of $$$$, why are they not acting like the Robin Hoods of their era? Crime is crime and if justice was rendered via the old way, i.e., mass hangings, this may curb the priacy. However, their economy and lack of resources should be addressed by the nations at large and solved....

Posted by R. B. Williams April 9, 09 09:44 AM

Why don't the countries of origin of the freighters wait until the Somalis pick up the ransom, then blow up the frickin' Somali boats? Problem solved.

Posted by mike April 9, 09 09:48 AM

For those of you on this board who have celebrated the "heroics" of the Somali pirates I have a question: How do their actions benefit anyone besides themselves / their immediate families? Even granting the idea that their attacks might be justified by the illegal fishing and dumping that others have claimed, wouldn't true "heroics" be acting in the interest of the common good, rather than their private pocketbooks?
I cannot challenge the claims of illegal actions by other nations - I have not done enough research to confirm or refute these claims. Rather, I must ask how this pirace relates to the alleged infractions?? I have not seen a single instance of a _fishing trawler_ being captured. Nor have I seen a pirate crew demanding international coveratge of a "dump ship" or container ship loaded with waste - toxic, nuclear, or otherwise. Instead, these pirates have only sought out high-value targets - to include ships carrying RELIEF DONATIONS - that may be ransomed for millions.
And for those of you who condemn the notion of using deadly force to repel said pirates, perhaps you are not aware of the internationally-recognized "law of the sea". These codices universally condemn piracy and condone the use of overwhelming force against pirates.
In the end, there is no difference between these pirates and any land-bound band of brigands. They have shown NO signs of being inspired by a higher cause, nor have they shown any Robin Hood-esque tendencies. They do not "rob from the rich and give to the poor"; they give only to themselves.
Pirate apologists - stop trying to fool yourselves. These are criminals who have shown no qualms at murder and rapine. They deserve any and all punishments they receive, to include the injuries and/or death they may obtain from the crew members they attack.

I welcome any _reasoned_ responses to this missive. However, those that simply state an emotional reaction will be ignored with extreme contempt.

My regards to you all,
Michael S.

Posted by Michael S. April 9, 09 10:03 AM

Why should the rest of the world set up your central government in Somalia? Your people should work together on that as most other countries have had to do. Look what has happened when the US has tried to help Iraq set up a central government - the people don't want it because it is not their own.

I live in the rural state of Maine and we have so many Somalis here that they have taken over countless blocks of the cities. They are provided with section housing (paid by the gov't), welfare (paid by the gov't), food stamps (paid by the gov't), startup loans to open their Somali food and clothing stores (paid by the gov't), and drive - if that's what they call their erratic weaving on the road - nicer vehicles (Lexuses and the such) than people working 40-50hrs a week and barely making enough to feed their family and put a roof over their head that can't get those same programs to help them.

They don't feel that the laws apply to them. A friend of ours was hit by a Somali woman and when she was trying to get the insurance information, the Somali drove off. They have no regard for anyone but themselves. Maybe their home country sucked, but they don't need to come into our country and get everything for free and then act like they are better than the hardworking men and women that are supporting their f'n asses.

Maybe if they weren't such a lazy bunch of people, they would have already set up a government of their own and would have better work standards. Then they wouldn't need to be over running everyone else's countries to take all the free handouts they can, and maybe they would stop terrorizing and pirating these merchant ships.

Posted by Irritated in ME April 9, 09 10:39 AM

So I'm now wondering if the city of Pittsburgh is going to change the name of their baseball team?

Also, I'm wondering why Obama is going around the world saying America is not a Christian nation!? During Holy Week no less! He's really starting to show his true colors, isn't he!?

Perhaps a world based on Christian values could be a good thing. Be it Wall Street, the corporate vultures, the toxic wasters, the pirates - they call could use a dose of the Truth methinks!

Posted by Patrick April 9, 09 10:42 AM

Live target practice would surely solve this problem...

Posted by Craig April 9, 09 11:23 AM

I can't wait to see the movie!

Posted by Nancy B Cordell April 9, 09 11:38 AM

I love the bame America crowd.

Pirates take a US citizen captive and suddenly we are talking about illegal dumping, over-fishing, corporate greed, and free medicine for Africans.

Many of you truly need to get off the leftist propoganda kool-aid.

Posted by Dave Singleton April 9, 09 11:48 AM


Posted by GINA April 9, 09 12:19 PM

The Barbary Wars. 1801. 1815. 2009.

Posted by Craig April 9, 09 12:35 PM

They should just blast all those assholes out of the water and keep going

Posted by Anonymous April 9, 09 01:06 PM


Posted by Always right April 9, 09 02:34 PM

Pirates are just TERRORISTS in the open water. So how should or do we handle terrorists ?

Posted by Always right April 9, 09 02:40 PM

When the movie comes out will they have patches over their eyes ? Sorry I know this is not a laughing matter but I am getting a little AGGRRRRRavated.

Posted by Always right April 9, 09 02:48 PM

we know every thing these pirates are doing wrong................but those german soldiers why are they bring them to kenya absulately those young somali pirates are not kenyan.... u soppose to bring them to their justice becouse there is a goverment in their areas{PUNTLAND} thas s my advise to those foreing navies..........

Posted by suleman kadir April 9, 09 03:06 PM

we know every thing these pirates are doing wrong................but those german soldiers why are they bring them to kenya absulately those young somali pirates are not kenyan.... u soppose to bring them to their justice becouse there is a goverment in their areas{PUNTLAND} thas s my advise to those foreing navies..........

Posted by suleiman kadir April 9, 09 03:16 PM

where the hell is Steven Segal when we need him....put him on one of these ships and let him kick ass when these little bastards attempt to board.

Posted by Ninjaman April 9, 09 03:20 PM

It only takes a few well placed missles on some mother vessels and their attack boats. As soon as they danger increases significantly for the pirates, they will begin to rethink their tatics and resort to sme other criminal activity. You can tell by even the wierd smiles these guys are scared out of their minds. Imagine how terrified they would be if they knew that a far worse punishment would occur if they are caught in the act.

They could have easily blown this boat to Davey Jones' locker. Only the most leftist folks would be whining about it. And I truly don't care if they would whine about it. I don't have to read or listen to it.

The USA, or China, or the European Union, or whoever the next superpower is, can't feed and police the world. There are far too many people and cultural differences for that. The only people to blame for this are the pirates and warlords. they are doing the deeds. They could be utlizing their resources to better their country or people, but instead they use them to create personal wealth, fear which equals their power, and dissentegration of every day ways of life. They use this to keep control, because they don't get what they want, if there is a government in place.

Even if Europeans hadn't raped/screwed up Africa politically and economically, there would probably still be some kind of humanitarian strife in these areas simply based on natural disasters/events. They have millions of people, living in areas that can't support that kind of population size. Natural law says it will occur. It is a story told time and time again.

It is a shame these cowards think this is the best way for them to use their time in this world. But we aren't all good, we aren't all noble, we aren't always considerate or respectful. I definitely don't pity them, they chose the path they walked, and deserve the punishment that comes to them.

Posted by Beaker April 9, 09 03:44 PM

Oh I see. If you are poor it is ok to rob and kill people. I'm sure somehow this is all of our faults (Americans). Wake up people. Act like human beings and you will be treated like human beings. Work hard just like everyone else's ancestors did and pull yourselves up out of the filth you live in.

Posted by DottiB April 9, 09 04:31 PM

navy ships can not cover million square miles of water, doesn't matter how many are there.

what we need is to allow private security services (soldier for hire to stay on the ship). If I'm the owner of a shipping company, I would rather hired some armed security guards (if the law allows) rather than taking my chances.

Posted by darbien April 9, 09 04:57 PM

i am somalia and that guys they are doing to defending their ocian and somalians the most good looking people in the world

Posted by abdi kafi April 9, 09 06:43 PM

Somalis always look so innocent.
I hope the future has something good in store for these beautiful people.

Posted by txc April 9, 09 07:27 PM

Some idiots never seem to learn. Protected convoys work. Period.

Posted by wHATEver April 10, 09 12:47 AM

I think the crew members of these ships getting hijacked should be armed. For there own self protection and it would end this piracy. These huge freighters are currently easy pickings with no arms on board. If they were not such easy picking and carried small arms on board this would mostly end. No way could these little pirate boats board these monster freighters if the crew was armed. Just my thought and opinion on it.

Posted by Phillip Brodeur April 10, 09 04:59 AM

Perhaps the US should protect their own and let the other's do the same. If America is sooooo bad then fine, to all you other countries that hate America...STOP accepting her aid, Stop accepting the blood, sweat, and tears from her soldiers. Here's all you have to do... WORK for your own people. BUILD your own government. You want to kill someone or steal from someone... start in your own country. Throw out your corrupt politicians out of office... kill THEM if you have to.. Hell if you can board a US Frigate, you can throw some fat, greedy ba$tard$ out of an office. Stop holding out your hand or waiting for someone to pick you up, feed you and change your nappies!

Posted by We fought for Freedom--YOUR TURN April 10, 09 09:22 AM

thanks for your job they are not pirates they are somali coast gaurd

Posted by xanaanshe April 10, 09 09:29 AM

#'s 225 and 230.. Thank you for the history lessons. No wonder people turn to lawlessness. But ships and their country's Navies have the right to defend them self's against that lack of law.
Long has passed since the days of grappling hooks and "Yo Ho Ho and bottle of Rum". What will history say about these new Pirates? In 50 years will Disney have a ride at their theme parks, "Somali Pirates". First you and family will be forced to starve for 3 days, ride a 500 pound boat and capture a megaton freighter and then you can proclaim your right to fish in your own waters... That should sell a lot of tickets..

Posted by DavidE April 10, 09 09:48 AM

My question is "Why do we even bother taking these guys prisoner?" Just eradicate them where they are and move on. No one on land will probably miss them, and the maritime community certainly won't. They deserve no rights; what about the rights of their victims over the years?

Posted by Paul W. Burch April 10, 09 10:47 AM

This crap makes my blood boil. These vermin are nothing but thieves and they need to be treated as such. Someone said that we should give them jobs and food...etc. Why don't they create their own freegin government and create their own businesses and jobs? Why the hell are we supposed to be responsible for their wellfare? I've been jobless, I've been hungry, I've even lived in a communist country where my rights were trampled on, but I didn't go holding people up and demanding ransoms. The leftist loonies that think these people are serving a good cause need to be picked up and sent to Somalia. Blow the thieves out of thewwater

Posted by Pablo April 10, 09 12:24 PM

We need to blow the the little rat-bastards right out of the water! Parachuting ransom money is a joke. Paying -up will only encourage more piracy. Electronically bug the ransom and trace were it is heading and evaporate thier base of operation. I am sure at least 20% of the seamen aboard these maritime ships must have done some military service. Give them weapons to defend themselves. Hell, give a $1000 bonus for each rat-bastards they cap!

Posted by MarkG April 10, 09 03:33 PM

I beleive we tried to give these people food and clothing and they rewarded us by murdering our servicement and dragging their bodies through the street? How soon we forget. If they really cared about their families they would have accepted aid and helped us help them. It's about greed and power and nothing else.

Posted by katy Boston April 10, 09 04:37 PM

While you are passing out jobs and food and such, I sure would like a beach front house and about three million a year. What? no takers? Damn I guess I'll start taking boats for ransom.

Most of you idiots don't have a clue. Show me evidence of nuclear dumping. Prove to me that toxic waste is targeted at the Somali people. Hell the aisians are overfishing the Gulf of Mexico. What else is new? Shoot the bastards, stick a flag in their asses and make sure they wash up on the Somali coast. That will stop piracy.Robert

Posted by Anonymous April 10, 09 04:45 PM

I like this pirates ,godblesssomalia sea and pirates.because those people are suffering from western country and american

Posted by M Eagle April 10, 09 07:06 PM

As Stephen Decatur proved two centuries ago against the Barbary pirates, we'll have to assault them on land not just fend them off at sea. Watch for Obama to take a hard line on this.

The Barbary pirates sprang from Africa also, but on the Mediterranean coast. They settled then recidivated then settled again after naval and land engagements.

Modern watercraft, weapons and communications technology deployed by the pirates make our job of halting the practice much more difficult, because of the increased power of very small groups who can launch off just about any beach, can concentrate multiple boats quickly on a target, and who can bring serious firepower down on a vessel while yet a distance away.

We may find that we not only must capture the offenders as we have chance, but actually severely punish them with our weaponry just as we would do to invading troops. Nor can we take a defensive stance only, but must take the offense to them in their home base.

That necessary strategy will test our ability to become smarter about war and morality, about which we are quite squeamish at present. We will be required to either suffer continued depredation of our ships, cargoes and crews despite high defensive costs, or we will be obliged to punish not just the on-the-sea pirates but their supportive societies.

Why? You must take from the societies the will to not just commit, but to permit, such acts. If no high societal (civilian) cost is extracted, then no change in habit will occur.

We could wish for a reasoned dialog between us and them, but the logic towards continuing piracy prevails as long as it pays enough and enough of the time to justify the occasional loss of men and materials.

As others have pointed out, there is the need for better shipboard defenses and even more hostile rules of engagement. Perhaps it should be the rule that small vessels approaching at high speed or within a certain distance of a ship should be presumed to be piratical and fired-on without requiring further provocation.

Perhaps the international community should even require all vessels within the shipping zone to carry transponders identifying themselves and providing a tracking mechanism. Any vessel not carrying such a transponder would be considered possibly hostile and subject to halt, search and seizure until the nature of the vessel is ascertained.

These are modest perspectives and proposals. Yet they carry serious teeth and claws in defense and preventive offense.

Posted by Don't Tread on Me April 10, 09 07:35 PM

it is a catch 22 situation...As a Muslim and Somali i don't support the pirates at fact I abhore thier actions but what can you do when another set of criminals, greedy and uncivilised even though they call themselves civilised take advantage of a people less fortunate {for the time being) by illegally going their way out and invading their territories and by abusing their God given ocean by overfishing and dumping their waste. To me there are so many interlocked issues, hidden agendas and interests at play here. It is true these pirates are not that powerful but have the guts to do what they are doing...many intelligent commentators can
see the big picture i.e., reasons, causes and problems of why these guys are undertaking such actions but most of you don't have a clue and blog from the comfort of your armchairs..and it so easy to insult from the comfort of your mothers houses being spoonfed but do you have the sheer bravery and guts to do what they had done..the answer is simply are a bunch of cowards and will wet your underpants under such situation...needless to say keep posting such insults cos that is the only way you can vent your frustration..real bravery belongs to the SOMALI PIRATES!!


Posted by xamse April 10, 09 09:29 PM

I can understand some of your frustration, xamse, about the awful living conditions that most in-country Somalis face each day. And I suspect, after acquiring and weighing more of the facts, that global fishing enterprises have caused great pain for the local Somali fisheries. (Here on the West Coast of the USA many of our local fisheries have been closed down entirely for the time being, for many of the same reasons.)

But that problem, and any reasonable solution to it, have little to do with raiding vessels on the ocean 50, 100 or 200 miles from the Somali coast, when those vessels have nothing to do with the fishing trade and most likely are not polluting the Somali shores and waters.

National boundaries extend no further than 20 miles from a coastline. Fishing and other resource rights might reasonably extend further. If vessels violate fishing boundaries, then perhaps they ought to be seized and their owners fined.

But that is not what we are seeing. We are seeing grand theft on the high seas. It is likely we will not tolerate that for long.

Solutions to societal woes are best crafted through structure and production from within. Theft will but yield temporary wealth of a vicious kind, that will not foster long-term cultural or economic benefits.

Could I suggest that the conduct of the pirates has little or nothing to do with bravery or honor? It may be that they possess and display both, but that does not sanction their actions. In any conflict, some members of the opposing parties may be virtuous, but the cause - and actions - of one or the other (or both) may not. And very often many of the leader(s) are misguided or misinformed.

As a beginning to the end of this message, I would, as a citizen of the USA and the Western world, like to recognize the misunderstandings and misdeeds of my country, past, present and (I am sorry to say) future -- and to apologize for them. Many (unfortunately not all) of my fellow citizens feel the same.

But even so, that tendency is not ours alone. In this world, you and I would find that every country, every village, every family, and even every individual is prone to misunderstandings and misdeeds. We must each work to minimize our own, and those of which we are a part.

With regard to the present situtation, my observation is that the greater misdeed by far is on the part of the pirates, their supporters, and their beneficiaries. Let us work out better solutions to valid grievances.

Posted by Don't Tread On Me April 10, 09 11:47 PM

In my opinion, these pirates should be shot on sight. Sorry for their personal circumstances, the poverty in their country,HOWEVER, what they are doing is criminal. I would make it VERY CLEAR to them as they approach, "Get any closer and you are dead" . Then do it.

Posted by ncl April 10, 09 11:55 PM

With such huge ransoms, those pirates prbably have enough money to bribe themselves out of the arms of the laws in Mombasa, somalia , etc,.. best cure is to shootdown all the armed ones on spot

Posted by Andrew April 11, 09 01:29 AM

The American solution to everything, shoot them! That is all I hear, what a punch of cowards. Destroyers and 4 Navy ships for poor starving four pirates. Granted I don’t support what they are doing with this guy, granted I am against all their actions, yet Americans are always ready to destruct countries and brag taking them to the dark ages. Look at Iraq and Afghanistan, why u guys always are eager to fight with less powerful people with the most sophisticated weapons and then claim victory! Poor pirates with old, out of date weapons, and navy ships, destroyers, Airplanes, what isit? Is America at war with Russia here, surely seems like it. The pirates are stupid, they should never take any one hostage but the reaction is overwhelming. As another guy said it takes guts to be the poorest people on earth, but surely the bravest! The answer for everything in America is destroy them, kill them, and annihilate them! Maybe it’s high time you Americans started thinking outside your brains, since you are so short minded and come with
answers other than these.

stupid forwhat they

Posted by Hannah April 11, 09 05:10 AM


What is the root cause of piracy? unless that is solved no one can end the Somali pirates."


Posted by nvs April 11, 09 08:46 AM

There is something fishy here. How come they can't find the channels and the bank accounts where the ransom money is going to. There are stories behind the stories. This too complicated a process for these poor people to hatch. I think there is another Scramble for Africa going on. These time between the Westerners and the Chinese. Maybe it is the westerners that are saying that Africa belongs to them, to abuse it and do as they want. They are telling the Chinese hands off.

Western countries (capitalism) have in the past used the Mafia, Islamic fundamentalists, and every deranged soul whom they know will do their dirty work. Maybe these Somali Mafia are being controlled by ulterior motives. Maybe they are all staging a drama fro all of us.

There is a Somali saying: “Baroortu orgiga ka weyn”. Literally the “The cry (wailing) more than the goat”. The story goes in a Somali village died a young man. Also at the same a goat that belonged to a young woman died and the young woman began to cry and wail uncontrollably. And the people who knew that the young man was her secret lover came up with the saying “The cry (wailing) more than the goat”

Posted by Mohamed April 11, 09 09:36 AM

They will be stopped somehow. Sure, they are the poorest nation in the world and, like many poor people do, they've turned to crime to support themselves. But if Somalia thinks the world's nations--and militaries--are going to stand by and allow this to happen much longer, they are DREAMING. I won't be surprised if a big allied invasion of the country is not more than a few weeks away. Whatever the right and the wrong of it, this won't be allowed to continue. If they kill or harm this American captain, their days are numbered (they are anyway). They should know this and be prepared to stop the piracy or face some really severe consequences. It's coming, folks, it's coming real soon.

Posted by aceshigh April 11, 09 12:08 PM

i think that we just need to show some respect to the country and just show them we care and maybe they will stop they have been through a lot i love somalia and the people who said just shoot them would you like to be shot 'no' so stop!


Posted by MARIRAINE April 11, 09 12:54 PM

Piracy it's a growing problem to world nevertheless, so too the illegal dumping of toxic waste on the coast of Somalia. we have to dig deep and ask ourselves were the problem stems from.

I don't know if any of you remember the Italian report that was killed in Moqdisho, Somalia. But watch her reporting and why she was stop. watch this on youtube...

Posted by onlookerSomalia April 11, 09 12:57 PM

It is good idea to protect your land but that is not the issue cause if they got the ransom why dont they give the dying brother and sister in somalia for hunger.
I dont believe protection. I believe there is a big story behind.

Posted by zahreeta April 11, 09 01:09 PM

Typical third world B. S. Glad to see the world uniting to get rid of these thugs . How does a freighter / tanker get highjacked by a damn tug boat ? Run their asses OVER .

Posted by TD April 11, 09 02:01 PM

As Somali in Diaspora, we would all be Piracy today, had we have not got opportunity to come to western countries and meet ends with diginity, and that shows us that desparete peaple can do strange thing when they do not have nothing but 20 years of civil war, 14 failed reconcilation and 9 failed government, western's corrupt foreing policy and greedy chines and asain vessel that looted their sea, and Italian illegal dumping of toxic waste on coast of somalia

Posted by yahye April 11, 09 02:17 PM

USA and other western countries should stop this stupid game and before it gets out of hand they should let the somalis mind their problems and leave them alone. Pirates are created from western countries who want to control that important and strategic area, any child can understand that western countries if they want to eliminate and stop those pirates, criminals they can do it within hours. why didn't they bomb one single pirate boat or their bases when they kill and massacer every month dosen of poor innocent children and women in Afghanistan, pakistan, Iraq and Somalia by the name of fighting to terrorists

Posted by Jamal April 11, 09 02:52 PM

dey r baaaad

Posted by Anonymous April 11, 09 03:11 PM

There is no defense for acts of piracy. It is condemned under international law. Not only is the commercial crime reprehensible, but kidnapping and threatening sailors is a crime that can’t be tolerated or left unpunished since it emboldens the pirates to do it again and again. No seafaring nation can allow piracy acts left unpunished.

The incredible comments made by the likes of Pirate Commander, Hannah, xamse, MARIRAINE, just serve to underscore how we can never bow to the demands of the demented illusory fringes of society that will come up with the wildest justifications for the unnatural.

Captain Richard Phillips, an American hero, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy graduate, is being held hostage and his life threatened by Somali pirates. There is no valid defense for what has been done and those pirates must be brought to justice or justice brought to them and all of their comrades. The first act of the nascent American Navy was to fight the Barbary pirates. That stopped the pirates from thinking abut attacking American ships. The Somali pirates need to be dealt with a major, unabashed, and lethal lesson right at their bases of operations that is so brutal that they will not even think of boarding an American ship ever again. Reagan did it with Col Khadafy; it is time Obama does it to the Somali pirates and their supporters.

Posted by Freedom of the seas April 11, 09 03:30 PM

Answer to comment 295 who writes:
" .... best cure is to shootdown all the armed ones on spot."

Think of applying this rule in US, where almost everybody owns a gun...

Posted by Riggoletto April 11, 09 04:42 PM

i feel sorry the somali people and the pirates, cuz they will threar very badly and isha alaah one day somlia will be a peaceful country isha alaah

Posted by Anonymous April 11, 09 05:15 PM

Somalis are awesome! ! they are not like other African - they are the Fox of the East Africa

Posted by Ken Rawlinson April 11, 09 06:03 PM

easy to scream SHOOT THEM.when u sitting from ur Shoot them and NEXT time they will blow ships.. no Ransoms.

Posted by Adam April 11, 09 08:33 PM

I do not approve piracy but these guys are the by products of years of caos and civil wars with no light at the end of the tunnel Do not fool yourselves in thinking of solving the piracy problems by sending as we see now an international armada . The solution is only one help to establish a very strong government which could control all its territories. If we succeed in this then the piracy problem will disappear totally. Otherwise what will happens next only God knows,

Posted by cimpata April 11, 09 09:25 PM

if the westen need sulition i will say sport new somali gavement if they don.t do that they will never get sulition

Posted by ali April 11, 09 09:27 PM

These are very third-world class comments.
Aside from the poor spelling and grammar, only ignorance betrays their grasp of the issues.

Posted by billski April 11, 09 10:02 PM

As a somali American my heart goes to the hostages captured by those prates. I also would like to point out that two wrongs never make right. The International Illegal fishing-West damping and the re-action of Somali pirates are both wrong and immoral. I think if US or any other international forces retaliate with excessive force and wipe out entire cities like Eyle where the Pirates are said to be hiding, as suggested by many US naval experts on CNN's sitcoms, the collateral damage may backfire as many desperate young Somalis may join the pirates and hence, exacerbate the problem. The US needs to use other means of smart strategy, in order to contain the piracy issue. The world need to observe with a different lenses other than the anti-terrorism magnifier. Local, regional, and tribal leadership and authority are paramount for successful eradication of the Somali Pirates problems, and ending the everlasting anarchy of the Horn of Africa. I do not think only a UN mandate and a TOM-HOWK missile is the answer, it is just a half measure, kind of hit and run.

Posted by Jamal April 11, 09 10:15 PM

It's sad that the liberal fringes of American society have gotten to a point where they feel it necessary to sympathize with terrorists and invariably side against (the US/the West/Europe/developed society). Hey, that's just how modern liberals think, and it sickens me.

Posted by Anonymous April 11, 09 10:55 PM

As a Navy Veteran of Vietnam and as a citizen of the United States I find it not only objectionable but abhorrent that we have not done something before this captain, in question, was ruefully abducted. This man is a captain. A CAPTAIN. And he was in international waters. Wars have have been fought over lesser acts. Doing nothing is derelection of duty. Looking in the faces of the pirates I feel for them. They look so poor and famished. They are desperate. But there is absolutely no justification for such criminaity. Case closed.

Posted by Michael Shambora, Duryea, PA April 12, 09 02:05 AM

the comments of 225 had summarized everything I Wanted to say from A to Z. I couldn't agree more. However although everyone is entaiteled of their opinions it is a must to know the facts and the origins as well as the story behind the story. I believe that no one should make comments on the basis of media biased information's. Somalis are a very proud and intelligent Nation, and it is only the last 20 years that we become the talk and the scapegoat of the western world. But one day all this will cease and rememeber world history is written not only from the western world but us as well. Peace

Posted by nasra caddow April 12, 09 07:37 AM

We tried the food and medicine thing remember? the hacked to death 14 American soldiers and drug their naked corpses through a crowd of chearing
economicaly deprived people.

Unless a majority of the population gets fed up with the curuption of a third rate
government, and grows the "male glandulars " to stand up to thugs and punks, nothing will change.

Posted by say no to stupid April 12, 09 07:52 AM

I would like to respond on comment made by an irritated Mainer#261. First, let me educate you obout Somalis who have managed to opened up businesess and drive a nice cars which you said, "paid for by the government."That is totally false. The Government dose not give free money to anyone exept what half of Mainers already recieve.And that is perhaps food stamps and stuff like that. If there were free money, I gues Maineres would of been first to be eligable for in collecting it. However,Some mainers including you talk obout people collecting welfare. Those programs were designed for survival. Neither could their income be purchased vehicles nor would they be open up business with. Let me tell you how we ended up driving nice cars.WE SIMPLY SAVE our money. I mean whatever we earn from employment which are mainly seasonal jobs,anything extra, we just save it. Most of us do not smoke, gamble, drink alcohol or go to disco dance.Each year when we get the tax refunds, we save it untill the following year. Then we either opened up a new business or purchase a dependable vehicle. Plus some people put their money together to open up a busineses. Specially, same familly members and friends. I hope that will educate you obout us. And that is how we do things. Do you do that?.I know you don't care what we drive.I think you are just bothered by our black skin and our Islamic faith . That is it. Nothing else. You just hold a lot prejudice againest us which I can not help you with.And you are not alone. There are significant number of Maineres who believe everything that we have is paid for by the government. And that is ridiculous. Of course, We are greatfull to the U.S. government for many things,inculuding giving us the legal status to live and work in this country. Let me tell you this we are business oriented people. The best advice I would like to give you in educating yourself obout somalis would be to visit countries which also inhabit by sizeable number of Somali refugees. And there are no welfare system in those countries. Some of them are: Kenya,South Africa, and we still thrive in business.So, don't be hater,appriciate diversity.It made America great. By the way, I live in Maine too.

Posted by Ali April 12, 09 09:57 AM

Why don't the U.S. Navy just have a sub surface under the lifeboat. That would scare the hell out of these thugs. The Alabama was taken in INTERNATIONAL Waters, not soverign waters of Somali??

Posted by Big Daddy In NC April 12, 09 11:49 AM

It is ridiculous that the pirates can get away with hijacking an international vessel and/or recieve payment to release the vessel. Payments are what is keeping this activity alive. Crews of these vessels traveling in these waters should be trained to defend themselves and have the necessary firepower to thwart off any attack. Furthermore, do not apprehend pirates. Once an international navy etc can verify that this is indeed a pirate vessel and not a fishing boat, sink it and anything on it right then and there. Sink them one by one. Trials are a waste of time. It is probable that most of these people will simply be released only to do it again. Piracy is an act of war and should be treated as one. However, in this case, I do not believe in taking prisoners..

Posted by Scott - USA April 12, 09 12:37 PM

America! here we go again. "think like a hammer and you see nothing else but nails" Bomb them, kill them..... exterminate the pirates! who the heck is stopping you do it??. You have more than 50 of worlds most advanced warships surrounding few skinny legged Somali pirates.And they can not rescue ONE hostage What is going on here???

There are over 200 hostages currently held by pirates. What is so especial about this American captain?

The truth of the matter is that piracy is VERY wrong, criminal and should be stopped. BUT a bunch of couch potato cyber rednecks insulting countries, people, races and communities will not achieve that.

To solve a problem, you need to understand it and find the right solution.

Suggestion: Create only 500 - 1000 well trained and armed Somali coast guards. Give them few fast ships, good guns and couple of helicopters. Trust me they will go a long way to solve this menace. Besides, this will cost only a fraction of having 100 warships chasing few pirates on high seas and without any success.


Posted by Abba April 12, 09 01:29 PM

in this current situation with the hostage captain in the lifeboat, why not:
1. send a Navy Seal team in at 4AM to whack the pirates.
or, failing that:
2. tell the pirates, hand over the captain or you're all dead, period.
somalis may have legitimate grievances, but holding up US flagged ships is simply not going to work, sorry.

the world will always have violence, we need to make sure it is used in the service of something more than the expediency of the moment.

Posted by klinger April 12, 09 02:12 PM

oh, just checked drudgereport... looks like they did #1.. nice.

let's see if anyone else is stupid enough to board a US flagged vessel now.

Posted by klinger April 12, 09 02:27 PM

Western ships....... The majority of these vessels are actually from Liberia who has the largest number of cargo ships and then Panama next. U.S actually has very few, less than 500 to Liberia's 2500. This is why an American ship has not been taken over in the last 200 years until now. I say make an example of the pirates and piracy will slow. Arm the ships. Pirates get too close, blast their asses into the next life. If their issue is no government and overfished waters then they need to start taking the measures to organize government and place restrictions on commercial fishing.

Posted by Anonymous April 12, 09 03:27 PM

I do not understand why ANYONE would call these criminals HEROES?! Are you kidding me?! It is aweful to read comments like these when they are holding innocent people as hostages for 300 million dollars in ransom? I am SO HAPPY that Obama gave the go ahead to kill those savages...Oh, for the guy who said that they haven't killed any hostages?? Get your facts straight you moron...they have. I love the comment from the guy who said hire a sniper team for each international ship that goes out there and if ANYONE tries to illegally board your boat kill them. I am a 24 year old girl in Seattle and I honestly believe I could kick everyone of their asses. All you "Do Gooders" out there saying "Go Pirates" need to come over to my house and see what happens if you try to come in and take my family for ransom...bunch of cowards...that's exactly what you are.

Posted by M.Casebeer April 12, 09 05:27 PM

the only thing we can say is let we beg a god and ask peace around world not only somalia if you know or not , you know what is goin on world + America every country has his on problem don just look somalia they are poor country and have poor poeple and we have in America millions of somalia t whois better hardworking men and women. please guys don think all somali are same

Posted by fm April 12, 09 08:58 PM

A 50-caliber up ye pirates' posterior always does the trick when they mess with the red, white and blue. Great job, NAVY! Now, let's change the attitude of those who do not think merchant ships should be armed. If these dummies want a piece of Uncle Sam, bring em on. We need a place for "live" target practice to keep our naval forces sharp. The next time these thugs come calling with their 40 HP Yamahas and sling shots, we need to change them from roosters to hens and then send them on to meet up with their 72 Black Eyed Virgins in heaven.

Posted by Wyatt Earp April 12, 09 11:16 PM

if you are having six meals a day,sleeping on king size bed with a full paece and safe world,but throwing stones to someone who have nothing, is that a fare?
let your brain functioning!

Posted by jama April 12, 09 11:50 PM

Welcome to the new world (with some bad neighborhoods) and the ones who idolize them.

Posted by Tim April 13, 09 01:18 AM

These people aren't heroes - it's just far more easy and "productive" to rob and collect ransom than actually work. Somali people barely have even a government, they have huge human rights problems, they don't have industry, most people cannot read or write etc. Instead some warlords have _sold_ rights to other countries to dumb their wastes to their waters - that's pure creed combined with stupidity. When you've set yourself in position where the piracy is the easiest way out and try to gain sympathy when people who you try to rob defend themselves it's just unbelievable.

Posted by It's just robbery April 13, 09 04:11 AM

we should shun all criminality, wheather u are robbing under the banner of democracy ( america and co.) or robbing to survive ( the pirates).

Posted by Anonymous April 13, 09 07:06 AM

It's economics 101. If western shippers continue to pay millions of dollars to people who kidnap their ships then there will be an ever increasing number of kidnapped ships. We are all paying the ransom in the form of increased shipping costs and thus increased costs of the goods that we buy.

Posted by globe6517 April 13, 09 07:57 AM

GO NAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S NOT A JOB, IT'S AN ADVENTURE. A criminal by any other name is a criminal. As for you persons whom support the pirates, hell move to Somalia and live with the scumbags, and see how long you would last. For good or bad the United States of America is still the greatest country on the planet. How many of you Pirate lovers have ever been in combat zone, not many I expect. When you have weapons pointed at you it's a whole new ballgame. Kill or be killed, the law of the jungle. Blast the Pirate SOB's back to the stone age. I did my duty in Vietnam. Door Gunner UH1 Huey, Ashua Valley 1969.

Posted by Richard In Kansas April 13, 09 08:49 AM

I hope that the problem will be solve by Somali Authority if helped by America

Posted by Abdi April 13, 09 08:56 AM

What is more disgusting than this whole pirate issue is the number of bleeding hearts that have left comments.Being a Canadian I would expect these type of attitudes coming from my fellow Canadians ......our Country would have sent letters to these bottom feeders expressing our displeasure with their actions.
These so called men deserve nothing less than to be treated as the lowest type of life form we have on this earth and be disposed of with no dignity.
Congatulations USA, job well done and keep up the sharp shooting.

Posted by D. Laviolette April 13, 09 09:08 AM

They scum bags finally gor what they deserved days ago... I'm not an Obama fan, but he earned a little respect in my book for authorizing the Navy SEALS operation. Great work.

Posted by Allen April 13, 09 09:43 AM


Posted by bastardino April 13, 09 10:18 AM

If crews aren't allowed to defend their ships, where does that leave them besides completely helpless at sea? They should offer one warning shot across the bow of the attacking ship and then proceed to shoot anybody that comes within 50 feet of their vessels without question, plain and simple.

Posted by Letgodsortthemout April 13, 09 10:48 AM

The United Nations has a treaty called the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The US and all of the western nations are members of this treaty. Piracy is clearly defined. Pircacy is an affront to international law and pirates may be killed anywhere at any time, so long as it is done on the High Seas or outside the jurisdictional sovereignty of a member nation. Therefore, we should immediately dispatch our Delta Force, SEALS, submariners, and Air Force to begin a thorough and systematic destruction of any and all pirates and pirate ships operating in the Horn of Africa.

Posted by boston234 April 13, 09 10:58 AM


Posted by le April 13, 09 10:59 AM

They have no idea of the western thinking.
The world is to small to segregate.
Life is cheap to them
Technology does not make them smarter
Whether religion, rockets, nuclear, gps, arms, human bombs and powrboats
All they are trying to do is get attention .. and they get it.

Posted by Tim April 13, 09 11:12 AM

they are fullish

Posted by Anonymous April 13, 09 12:20 PM

Wrong Jamal, Saudi tankers, and Asian tankers have been hijacked, but nice try--Western countries are to blame for these pirates!! Hahaha... proves how ignorant and lazy you are. Ignorant of course, but lazy, because i'm sure you blame other people for your own problems, but mainly because it is mentioned IN THIS VERY article (with corresponding pictures) about the Sirius Star oil tanker-a SAUDI OIL TANKER being hijacked. MORON

Posted by jjs April 13, 09 12:49 PM

If you're willing to use death to pay your bills then death should be your demise. You make your own bed no matter who you are. They should stockpile all of the fuel for their yamaha motors and cruise on over to North or South America. I'm sure with a little determination I'll be paying for their healthcare, and education before all is said and done. If I were in their shoes I would expect to drop my life expectancy by at least 80% and I hope that it what happens. I can't speak for every country on the globe but I would like to send a few words of encouragement to my fellow legal americans. Grow some b*lls and get off you as*es! The freedom to even post something on the board was paid for with american blood.

Posted by whatever April 13, 09 03:23 PM

THEY ARE LIKE RODENTS. I keep wandering why we put up with this foolishnes
in International waters. As someone suggested, we have an excellent selection
of different types of missiles to deal with each situation effectively.
I know the wuss Liberals would think this is the wrong method but do I care?

Posted by Ian Philips April 13, 09 03:53 PM

they should stop that somalia never be tired and they whole life they just going do something crazy i thing they should stop

Posted by sharmake April 13, 09 05:17 PM

If we can place three bullets so well then I say, "rock on". Let's finish the job. Put snipers on each vessel travelling these routes. If anyone attempts to board the ship we bust a cap in their heads and it's over. Why are we wasting so much time and energy on this when there is such a simple solution?

Posted by Not A Democrat April 13, 09 06:38 PM

These so-called "pirates" are obviously uneducated illiterate young men who have made the worse possible decisions in their sordid situation. My guess is that their older leaders are the ones who need to be ferreted out and brought to justice. Then there will be no more of this terrible criminal activity.

Posted by djsunseri April 13, 09 08:06 PM

People in Somali were dying for past 20 yrs for luck of government, unmployement, medicine and now we are talking about Piracy in that region. well, hello, no law and order over there Somalia.
Problem is bigger thn a Piracy is clearly.

Posted by Sniper April 13, 09 09:22 PM

man this is crazy......

Posted by naima April 13, 09 11:27 PM

Wow, reading all of those comments were something. But non of you really know what is driving these pirates with no life jackets and no mercy for no one. They are innocent themselves who wants to make some living out of few green notes. They are clueless and curious. You can see that these guys know nothing about the sea and its sailors. There are obivously gang leaders who recruite them, those men need to be stopped because they are playing with lives like cards.
I wish i can go to Somalia and kill all of the corrupted cowards who are destroying, starving children, woman and elders. and everyone else.

Posted by Crying for Somalis April 14, 09 12:13 AM

I think America can do something. These pirates don’t know what they are doing and most of them grew up civil war. They also don’t know how life is important. I believe pirates should be asked who is behind and if they say names that is the real problem.

Posted by Ereg April 14, 09 01:50 AM

Somalia is failed state and the country resources were abused such fishing resources by international fishing boats. when you don't have a job and you have nothing to loss then you don't care, so they don't care.

Angar, Seattle, WA

Posted by Dahir Angar April 14, 09 12:22 PM

(Woody Guthrie)

Come gather round me children, a story I will tell
Of Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw, Oklahoma knew him well

Was in the town of Shawnee on a Saturday afternoon
His wife beside him in the wagon as into town they rode

A deputy sheriff approached them in a manner rather rude
Using vulgar words of language and his wife she overheard

Well, Pretty Boy grabbed a long chain, and the deputy grabbed a gun
And in the fight that followed, he laid that deputy down

Then he took to the trees and rivers to lead a life of shame
Every crime in Oklahoma was added to his name

Yes he took to the trees and timbers on the Canada river shore
And the outlaw found a welcome at many a farmer's door

Yes, there's many a starving farmer, the same story told
How the outlaw paid their mortgage and saved their little home

Others tell about the stranger who came to beg a meal
And underneath the napkin left a thousand dollar bill

It was in Oklahoma City, it was on a Christmas day
Came a whole carload of groceries and a letter that did say

Well, you say that I'm an outlaw, and you say that I'm a thief
Here's a Christmas dinner for the families on relief

Well, as through the world I've rambled, I've seen lots of funny
Some rob you with a sixgun, some with a fountain pen

As through this world you ramble, as through this world you roam
You'll never see an outlaw drive a family from its home

Mike L

Posted by Mike L Windsor On. April 14, 09 01:37 PM

I think the Samolian pirates are in it for the money. One pirate brags that his "take" was over one million dollars. Where there are no jobs available to the youth of their nation, they have taken up arms and are taking from those less fortunate. That being food set for starving countries. There are better ways for the youth to gain employment. I believe they are terrorist who prey on ships who cannot fend for themselves; capturing the ship and crew for ransom money. If they were pirating for their nation as some have said, they could have taken the food to feed their countrymen. Here is a good example of their selfishness and greed. Shoot them! as

Posted by C. Werner York,Pa April 14, 09 02:33 PM

It is possible we will have pirates or terrorist on our horizon once they learn to do it unnoticed and realize what they can do.

Congress will not act until the public becomes aware of the enormous threat that ballast systems provide for terrorist, pirates or foreign sea captains, who do not like our country, to use ships flying under foreign flags with foreign crewmen, to contaminate and pollute our waters. Until we demand protection by exposing this threat, lobbyist will push the senate to consider it a states rights issue. Virus and invasive s in water do not recognize the lines man has drawn on maps. Industry knows that log books and record keeping, are mere paper work that dose not prove procedures were followed. It is time protect our country and our waters by screening all problems of shipping offshore. Maybe if we were to build up our neglected Coast Guard to be capable of this mission we could create some jobs Sincerely
Don Mitchel

Posted by Don Mitchel April 14, 09 04:12 PM

To all our military past,present and future I say Thank You. To anyone who idolizes the pirates I say go sail those waters but then you'd expect our brave men and women to come save your sorry butts. If these pirates cared so much about their country why aren't they helping others there instead of keeping the money, getting high and risking other Sovereign nations deciding to clean out the whole rats nest. Where doo they think the country will be then? Oh but wait they don't give a rats *** as long as they can steal, terrify, and get HIGH. I say blow them out of the water before they board another ship.

Posted by Stacie April 14, 09 06:52 PM

Sorry to say I did time In Somolia. These people taking over the ships for ransom are not poor starving people. They are the same thugs stealing the food from their starving country men. Somolia will never be a descent country unless all of these thugs are killed. This has been going on for decades and the government cannot handle these people.
Again just to reiterate they are not poor starving people they are cowards that prey on the weak and easy like their starving brothers and then profiet from it.

Posted by John Doe April 14, 09 07:36 PM

Wow! After reading some of the comments regarding suggested treatment of the Somali Pirates, most of the readers visiting affirm my belief that America have some really bigoted and evil minded people living within her borders. Most of the comments ooze bigotry, xenophobia and ignorance. I abhor what the Pirates are doing but denying any human being due process under the law is never good, especially for a country who prides itself as being a country of laws. The response to lawlessness should never be lawlessness but justce.

I am repulsed by some of the comments that suggest blasting the Pirates out of the water; cutting off their balls; or using them for target practice. I say those ideas are no less barbaric than the actions of the Somali Pirates. Stop the hate America and continue to hold high that bright and noble pledge of “justice for all.”

Posted by Twstar April 15, 09 02:41 AM

I think the piracy in issue in somalia is only a very small proplem for the people of somalia, whats happening in the country it self is a tragedy and lets ask our self what happen to the world.
I think its about time the world comes together and we strat helping the people of somalia and strat rebuilding the country ...... SOMALIA

Posted by shik April 15, 09 12:39 PM

These guys do not deserve any kind of legal process nor do they have any rights. Where do we get off playing God and the great Benefactor for criminals of the world. They are to blame for taking food from the starving. They are not any different than any other criminal who look out only for themselves. Look at the US prisons, we offer such great solutions to crime. I say feed them to the sharks, if they were innocent they wouldn't be out on the water robbing and killing.

Posted by Jody Ray April 15, 09 02:34 PM

What our kids are doing is a very big shame and risk for them. but unfortunatly this is the out come of our frastration. Could you help them in orther to get back there system of government. A poeple without government and system could do every thing like this. Anyway this is the beginning.

Posted by Ahmed Goth April 15, 09 03:42 PM

When they choose violence and threats they choose the consequences as well. They now plan to target and kill Americans so I say go get them. They are nothing more than thugs and bullies and will only understand a greater force willing to take the hard stand and shots. Go USA and Go France. To all the other countries out there quit rewarding the thugs. Criminal activity never stops when it is rewarded. And to the SEALS I say job well done, way to KATN.Thank You for being willing and able to do the hard stuff for the rest of us.

Posted by Stacie April 15, 09 04:52 PM

I was in Somalia, made dozens of blackhawk flights in what was a peace keeping mission and an effort to feed thousands of starving people. We did our best and were rewarded with armed conflict and US peacekeepers being beaten and dragged through the streets. Pirates were a problem then and have been so for many years.
Pirates should be repelled by what ever means necessary from water cannons to 50 cal. As for the rest, I don't mind helping war torn country develope but they have to be willing to stand up to the war lords and earn there independence vs resorting to ship robbing.

Posted by Bear April 15, 09 05:45 PM

I believe a little over 225 years ago, there was this little ragtag bunch of colonies, that got tired of a bunch of oppressive leaders. This little bunch of colonist, got organised and did something about it. They revolted, threw out the present government and formed their own. "BY THE PEOPLE, & FOR THE PEOPLE" let the Somali people take care of there own problems, but when they attack unarmed ships, it becomes the problem of the country of orgin of the ship. Look at history, during the first few years of WW II, ships couldn't cross the Atlantic Ocean, for fear of being sunk by Nazi U-Boats. Britian & the US said, no more of this. They started useing armed escorts and by 1943 the Nazi U-Boat force was all but gone. Do a little organization and form armed convoys, while in these dangerous waters. Safety in numbers. If one of these pirate vessels even get
close, blow it out of the water and feed the fish, that would put a damper on these illegal activites. The pirates say, they are going to target US & French ships, and slaughter the crews. I don't think they know the power of the US or French Navy. One United States Guided Missle Crusier, could unleash a living hell on anyone whom dared mess with it. You kill one US citizen, whe kill one pirate stronghold. It wouldn't take long for them to get the message. I have heard that their just kids, Bulls@@T. I have a 18 year nephew who is in Afganastain ( sorry if I spelled it wrong) and he knew fully well what he was getting into when he joined up. This thuganomics by the Somali pirates has to stop period.


Posted by Johnny April 15, 09 05:46 PM

well if i were in charge, i would simply put the word out that these "pirates" as they like to be called, have two weeks to inform ALL of the people in the orginization that any small, un-permitted boat in the shipping channel will be shot at and sunk. two weeks is enough time to inform any and all pirates that are about to ship out or are already out there to come in, and hear the 'good news.' if they have a problem with it, its too bad, because they are commiting crime and are putting innocent crew members of the ships at risk.

Posted by dominic April 16, 09 12:15 AM

OPERATION BLACKBEARD: Somalia is a backward and lawless territory inhabited by nine million of the poorest of the poor; there they stand on their long, long shores watching the wealth of the world floating by. It is understandable that they would want some of it, and that the greedy and desperate eventually would find it simple, easy and acceptable to pirate. Understanding the reason does not condone their behavior, does not lessen the crime or annul the punishment. Blackbeard, literally, became a royal nuisance and he was hunted down, and in 1718 his head hung at the bow of the sloop that caught up with him. Then and now, that is the perfect ending for the romantic adventures of any pirate.
Certainly the US is a religious country, but that does not mean that we should pander to criminals because they’re skinny, without soap and they want our toys. The territory of Somalia has been inhabited by the same tough skinny people for THOUSANDS of years, and they have survived on goat hair and oxygen very well. That’s their way and they are fine, they are adapted to their landscape and their culture is part of it. Our problem is that we refuse to accept that their culture is different, and that they don’t want to be like us; furthermore, they don’t need to be like us. Leave them alone and don’t turn them into beggars, either. Let’s be realistic, for a moment. We are humans and we are violent by nature, ask any member of a military force, any sweetheart in death row or any pirate, for that matter. It is silly to pretend that there would be the possibility of washing that out of our instincts. Only last year, the Israelis finally had enough of the Hamas rockets and kamikaze youth bombers… Ah, but all is quiet now. A spanking once in a while works wonders, the Somalis need their diminutive glutei minimum paddled nicely, too, because their pirates are being a nuisance. Simple!
Truthfully, I am ashamed of the man we have chosen as our President, and I am angered by his choice for Secretary of State, for they are both weak. This Madam Secretary and this President are already pandering to a rag tag gang of pirates and putting us in a position of weakness and shame. The Secretary of State, on her televised statement told the world that the waters off Somalia are three times the size of Texas and implied that it’s impossible for us to deal with that. In other word she is admitting defeat and refusing to fight. Now, I’m in great fear that Mr. Obama will be sending them a stimulus package and welfare instead of blasting the pirates out of the water and their lairs. What is wrong with these officials! Have they forgotten we prevail in WWII when we fought enemies of the stature of Hitler and Rommel; I strongly recommend that the President and his Madam Secretary should at least rent the movie Patton, and learn something!

Posted by Pablo Cifuentes April 16, 09 01:31 AM

Why even detain them? I say let them swim for it. It is a risk they take by choosing to hijack. The little tiny hijack boat vs. a huge ship. It just doesn't seem possible in pictures for them to be able to board. I find myself questioning why they aren't just plowed over by the ship. I guess the only factor is the hijacker's weapons?

Posted by Laurie April 16, 09 09:48 AM

No: 326. Liberia doesn't own these ships. Liberia is the country of registration for thousands of merchant vessels, much like Panama is. Next time you see a cruise ship, check out where it's registered, usually states it on the stern right under the name.............

Posted by Trev April 16, 09 01:36 PM

im still tring to figure out how a bunch of starved idiots in a rowboat with a few weapons and get onto a SHIP, its not a boat or a yacht, its a very big SHIP. if there is a ships crane on it pick up a container and drop it on there little rowboat. problem solved. pirates are dead.

Posted by gigilo59 April 16, 09 04:57 PM

this is the fault of the people they need to orangize a goverment police and firefighters and ect so the ground of somailia can show it's ture beauty

Posted by belever April 16, 09 08:15 PM

gracias vatos ai nos vemos los kiero mucho ta padre lo k isieron

Posted by kara April 17, 09 09:09 AM

Regardless of why (we all know it is greed, but ok, I will bite) the pirates are hijaking ships, they are doing it in international waters. Therefore, there are no rules or laws. If the ships were armed, this would stop. Case closed. It just makes sense. To all the people who feel that people from the US only believe in shooting or bombing, what you are overlooking is that the only people who are armed in these situations are the Somalis. So I guess that is how ALL Somalis live their life and guns are what ALL Somalis carry, according to your diluted thinking. And, by the way, I live in the U.S., and I do not know one person who owns a gun. And a know A LOT of people. Guess you really don't know anything about us, do you?

Posted by Peace April 17, 09 06:41 PM

These pirates have been around for years, they have hijacked SHIPS from alot of different countries. They are now getting all this attention because they attacked Americans. Killing these pirates is not going to deter piracy from happening again and again, what I asked myself is , who is benefitting from these pirates, obviously someone who has more power and money is helping them and sending them to hijack Ships? Those are the ones that should be arrested, they hire young men with no jobs and no hopes of making any honest money in a lawless country. When you can't feed yourself or your family, anything is possible

Posted by lily April 18, 09 12:53 AM

they are stupid. Do you think you could go up against 8 countries and their navies.I do not know what those pirates could have been thinking. OK you got some ransom you should have left it alone and continued life. Greed takes everyone out
and no one thinks of the consequences. Now they say they are not scared of the
Americans they should be. They got just a little taste of those Navy Seals if they
continue they need a full taste of them all the seals, french commandos and all the
other navies instead of letting thembuild up reinforcements. They waited 5 days to release that captain. I would have stormed the boat sooner. We need to deal with pr

Posted by problems much quicker. April 18, 09 10:55 AM

The 7th Commandment is pretty clear ... THOU SHALL NOT STEAL. Period.

Posted by Blazestar April 18, 09 11:18 AM

My only question is: If these "pirates" have all the money they got from all those ransoms - why do they look like they dont get enough food for a good meal. There is more to the story here than those few poor men who are risking their lives as pirates. Yes what they are doing is definitely wrong, but I don't think they are behind it and killing them is not the answer. There is a bigger lord or lords sitting safely on a lot of money somewhere (most likely not even in Somalia). We need to dive deeper in the seas to find the answers.

Posted by Kajori April 18, 09 04:59 PM

I wonder who is getting the ransom money ? The weapons they are using are worn and rusted. They look underfed and ragged. Apparently, their not getting it. The ships should be armed with trained security personal. It's a lot cheaper then paying out millions of dollars to these thieves, and would deter future pirates.

Posted by Denis McDonough April 18, 09 10:45 PM

the hypocritic world raises its ugly head now because the somali problem has spill over,but before this they turn a blind eye to the suffering of the somali people
and done nothing to help us but to put fuel on the fire by selling guns to warlords and gangs drug dealers so they can profit from the war industry.well whats goes around comes around.this pirate thing will only get worse and the solution lies in helping the new somali government in a positive way because the problem is not in the sea but its on land thats where it needs to be tackled and only somalis can do this.

Posted by hassan April 19, 09 12:40 PM

First off, the use of or participating with the international community (UN) nevers seems to work as intended. The U.S. needs to protect it's own vessels and quit changing everyone else's diapers.

Secondly, any pirate activity discovered or displayed outside of any countries national waters, in other words within international waters, has to be addressed with lethal force. This force should only be wielded by miltary forces, not the ships crew's themselves. Arming the ships crew's could cause an escalation of the types weapon's used or tactics of the pirates.
Instead of parachuting ransom packages of money onto the pirate ships, how about parachuting filled body bags onto the pirate camps.

Third point. Make it crystal clear that any U.S. flagged ship captured for ransom, is an open invitation to have your home base attacked by any and all mean's available (any country they make home).

Forth and final point. Quit making excuses for, or coming up with explanations as to why these pirates even exist. They exist, so deal with it. They (the pirates) know it's a risky way to make a living, if some of them get whacked, so be it. We (the U.S.) need to let them know that the only thing we'll pay with is lead.


Posted by Robert April 19, 09 02:09 PM

Couple hundred years ago they would be hung from the yardarm for all to see.
What a bunch of BS this country gets from all the disadvantaged in the world. We are dumping and stealing?? Yeh right. We dump untold billions throughout the world to help the helpless. We now steal from the rich to give to the 'poor'. Guess they got that right. Trace the frigin ransom and deal with the recipients accordingly.

Posted by ruby begonia April 21, 09 01:36 PM

I think that we should try and control the pirates and make them surrender so we can control them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by fgh April 22, 09 04:15 PM

As we know ,the world is watching this issue ,but i want let you know that the best way to stop this is Somalia must get government,other way sit will continue forever ,because if you want stop something like that,for sure you need to think many sides ,and always it is good for you to be optimistic , we can solve this problem if we make Somali government, why because they take the responsible y for that,
they will take care what is going on their sea ,so in my opinion it is not easy to stop like this happen with out government ,people are mean why you worry about the just pirates you need to worry about the country other ways this problem will cameback over and over but as i said if we try to be optimistic we can solve thanks tthaothers

Posted by khan April 22, 09 11:46 PM

Piracy is wrong !! Period. Holding innocent people for ransom is as killing innocent people too. Now solution is exactly what Somaliland ( withdrawn State from Somali - Unity 1991, formerly British Somaliland, gorverned by the rule of law) did to those Somalia Pirates and Terrorists, they periodically captured them long before the French,American and other Europeans and prosecuted to the maximum sentence of Somaliland Law. Now because of lack of International recognition the world community see Somaliland as non-existent after the people of Somaliland achieve lots of successad on terrorism and piracy where many had failed.

Posted by Mohamed April 24, 09 12:37 AM

these people dont look like more than a bunch of poor native workers.

Posted by Neg April 25, 09 12:03 AM

The words of one pirate from that lost age - a young British man called William Scott - should echo into this new age of piracy. Just before he was hanged in Charleston, South Carolina, he said: "What I did was to keep me from perishing. I was forced to go a-pirating to live." In 1991, the government of Somalia - in the Horn of Africa - collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since - and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia, tells me: "Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury - you name it." Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to "dispose" of cheaply. When I asked Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: "Nothing. There has been no clean-up, no compensation, and no prevention."nothing

Posted by Anonymous April 25, 09 06:37 AM

I feel sorry for the people from some extent I don't blame them for becoming's almost like they didn't have a chioce...America should have mercy on them!

Posted by *Candy* April 26, 09 04:56 PM

Have mercy?..why should we? They are just going to go back and keep hijacking and terrorizing other vessels. These hoodlums should have to pay a price for their deeds. Perhaps like in middle east cultures, they should get their hands or foot cut off so they will learn a lesson.

Posted by enough April 28, 09 07:22 AM

The obvious real winner here is the Western Media. People have gotten bored with terrorists. But pirates. That's new!! That's hot baby!! That sells advertisements. How come all those pirates and hostages are smiling for the pics. Because they're media stars now. Soon you are going to have really fun movies and video games to go along with the magazine, tv, and internet articles. So don't worry, be happy.

Posted by Mark April 29, 09 12:16 AM

I agree with Mark comment

Posted by Ekelyo April 29, 09 09:03 AM

these pirates are wicked ugly. and itmakes me unhappy.

Posted by Anonymous April 29, 09 09:19 AM

If these pirates knew that (1) No ransom will ever be paid and (2) they will be executed on the spot when captured, this will go a long way to stopping this nonsense. Some cajones are in order, when dealing with these animals !

Posted by Tom April 30, 09 08:23 PM

These pirates don't look anything like Johnny Dep. But I say this:
"Hoist the Jolly Roger!"

Posted by Rick April 30, 09 09:16 PM

The best way to solve Pirates issue to declare immediate shooting on the spot. Handover to another authority is the biggest mistake because all authorities srounding that region are highly correpted. As per the above statment few individuals collected $ 200 Mil since 2008 till date, therefore this figure is not small amount. Majority goes for correption and using other authority power.
If this Mafia hears their friends were shot on the spot, the rest will never go to the sea side even for swiming.

Posted by Ahmed Ali May 2, 09 10:15 AM

I found Hannah's comment to be very offensive, I am American and that is not "our solution to everything" that is not how all Americans are. It seems like you're the one who is short minded, maybe you shouldn't comment about people you obviously don't know anything about


Posted by Alex May 3, 09 12:02 AM

awesome pics...

Posted by hi May 3, 09 06:25 PM


Had you been born there, you'd never have developed the sense of morality you rage on about.

They live like dogs.

They are treated like dogs.

And thus, they act like dogs.

You could kill them like wild dogs that have packed together and attack anything that moves for food . . . But they are PEOPLE ... Like you, like me.

You expect them to have some respect? Show them what respect means first.

Respect life. They know nothing of the things you love, and thus, can't really love them like you do. Don't hate them for it.


What about using some of the garbage you feed the world with your cinema? "With great power comes great responsibility" . . Isn't that uncle Ben's catch phrase? Aren't your great fantasy heroes supposed to be the banner bearers of the American way?

Then help this people . . . You can beat a famished dog so that it fears you, but that won't stop it's life from being miserable until his last breath.

Posted by skaiuoquer May 8, 09 10:34 AM

to #378 they are mostly muslim not christian

Posted by bongo May 10, 09 07:46 PM

It is a subtle brand of post-modern Western racism that says the Somalias cannot control themselves when it comes to piracy, and are not responsible for their actions, because it is all the fault of the West.
In colonial times the racists were on the right. In our times the racists are on the left.

Posted by Thor May 12, 09 09:22 PM

Most of you people that leave comments don't even know what you're talking about, I mean, you can't even use correct GRAMMAR. So how is anyone supposed to take you seriously ? !

Point is, the good guys are taking it slowly. If you go after the bad guys too fast, they may react terribly, leaving more damage. I'm definitely not saying the pirates are doing good, because they aren't, but sitting here leaving comments that make you sound like a redneck or an illiterate, isn't helping anyone.

Posted by ashleyyyy. May 18, 09 12:27 PM

Lol. Ok. Honestly, how is busting a few tiny pirate ships on the spot going to help anything? Its not like piracy is a get-up-and-go thing; it is organized. Each pirate ship caught has a “mother ship” so to say that sends them out. We can’t solve the problem if we just scratch the surface; we have to get to the root. Just like in the drug war. If we bust a few drug dealers on the street that wont do anything except make the big boss fined some one else. We have to get to the source. So in piracy busting a few people in boats will make the world “feel” safe, but in all actuality it will just get more involved. We have to get to the source and find who is leaking the information about the ships and its cargo and go right to the root so it won’t grow back.

Posted by Dani May 21, 09 02:38 AM

I have been looking at the comments and in response to #24, you are stupid, point blank, go shove your head in a toilet. You too # 26. and for # 33, come on, if we did that then each country would be against each other. Say Somalia has a pirate ship escape and it captures a British officer and dresses him up as a pirate and then the ship comes across a French naval boat that sees just pirates and shoots them all. We then have Somalia mad about the death of THEIR criminals without a proper trial and England is mad because one of their officers is dead due to carelessness. Each country needs to work together and get over them selves; it’s as simple as that. Now, #36, they are smiling because they are proud to be what they are. They are pirating because they believe they are doing it for the good of the country, continent, whatnot. They know that even though they are captured they will most likely go free, and if not, piracy won’t stop with their death. More will be found and it will just keep going.
For # 48, a couple of armed men running around a ship don’t seem like much of a threat, but once you get them mad and they start shooting it doesn’t stop until they are dead. And they are crazy shooters; they shoot anything and everything. And if there are explosives on the boat I have no doubt that they will aim for the explosives, taking themselves out along with the boat they are on, their pirate boat, and any boat that may be within the immediate area. So we either capture them after they are away from the boat, or we start an innocent massacre. 4 captured or 30-some-odd plus ending up dead?
#91, I like you.
#107, watch out, evil can be deceiving.
And to all those who say that pirates are cool and what they do is misunderstood, HAH I will laugh one day when you get caught on a boat that is taken over by pirates. You think that they are just going to stay with merchant ships? It will progress to civilian ships as well some day.
Now. Has it ever occurred to those reading this that Somalia might just actually like their pirates??? You should look that up.

Posted by Samantha May 22, 09 04:25 AM

Wow, that seems pretty bad. I have to write a paper in History Class about Somalian Piracy.

Posted by Matthew Siegel May 28, 09 11:09 AM

this has to end, as this greatly affects global trade and not to mention seafarers security and safety.. to be honest with this matter i am deeply pist off with this pirates.. because they tried to run after us 2 times already good thing the joint forces of warships patrolling the area is vigilant to respond on every report of pirate attacks were able to pass safely... but for how long? it has to be contained for good..

Posted by ysmael ong May 28, 09 03:56 PM

who captured photograph #4?

Posted by Yasmin Feinstein June 9, 09 07:29 PM

Somalis are the victims here. There wasn't no piracy in Somalia until the European and American corporations began to transport the toxic chemical waste in their sea, thus destroying their fishing fields, which they were using for generations. That ofcourse fucked up their unstable economy and left no choice to small people other than to join the pirates to support their families. Also, the effects of the toxic waste in their area is still hurting the people, especially children, but who cares about that, right. Last point, Somalian pirates never killed a single person in their kidnaps, but that, in my opinion, is bound to change, thus leaving the f*cking international armada an excuse for further impotent actions against pirates.

Posted by Andrazh Z. June 16, 09 03:22 PM

this was very interesting

Posted by sother June 18, 09 08:18 AM


Posted by Assaad Lutf June 20, 09 11:35 AM

What incentive do these pirates have? Is it money or attention

Posted by Jimmy Phoenix June 23, 09 09:23 AM

Piracy is crime. They rob abduct rape and kill.

Problem is that tolerating abuse seems to be an international culture. “Negotiate while being raped. Don’t resist. And whatever you do, do not report the crime. Find ways to enjoy the rape.” No one is prepared to take any real action. In Australia I learned that if you do not resist then you condone the crime and in fact become an accomplice. I learned that we need to stand together as a community against abuse or the perpetrators will become tyrannical.

So if your country is a mess then you can vent your criminal urges on the whole world and have an orgy of bloodshed and theft.

Really dumb thinking that. And when such bleeding heart cloud cuckoo land thinkers get robbed, they are the first that want to sue everyone in sight. So pathetic. Why does anyone even give such drivel the time of day.

Try me on Pirate! You will pay with your life. I certainly will not let you take my property, rape my wife and daughters or take my life. You will pay.

Posted by Capt. Izak Buchagne June 24, 09 02:53 AM

Why dont they just raise the duty on rum?

Posted by Alex July 9, 09 09:29 AM

Hai Robert,you really think America can deal with them.I don't think so.Just yesterday I heard a German ship released after paying the ransom.the world is feeding them milk and making them stronger.It is a shame that, with all the modern weapons these developed countries possess,they don't do anything.

Posted by Robins August 9, 09 06:53 AM

I think every ships should be aware of their sailing because they dont know will it happen next.i afraid co'z i have seaman relative. For the navys good job not using any war objects i think your studying them before you that nobody will hurt if their is a hostages...Bring the pirates in the bars of jail and if they will not stop hijacking bring them in the sharks of aden thats all!! i

Posted by Chard22 August 12, 09 02:30 PM

this ones for m casebeer. m casebeer i totally disagree with you because that snipering didnt help out on anything. pirates are just going to get more angry. its going to be white peoples fault if there is another golden age of piracy. and you know what i wanna be a pirate. so why dont youb come kick my ass!!! who knows maybe if i sniper your ass ill be king of the world then!!!

Posted by lawrence lee August 20, 09 05:36 PM

they are busters not hero they are cowards the pirate should not be given a rasom money dream money that is why they let went to navy see to capture innocent ships crews i think they should be treated to kill all coast somalia pirates then end of no more
Abdi Uk 26,august 2009

Posted by abdi August 26, 09 04:11 PM

We should trace to the head of the snake and hit it with a big sick.

Posted by Tim August 27, 09 01:57 PM

As always, some people tend to view issues only from one angle and dismiss
everything else. Yes, pirates are criminals who held people for
ransom. But, what about those who have been illegally fishing there
or dumping chemical waste. Aren't they criminals who are destroying
what people in that area depend on for survival. Now, do you see the
pattern -----> (cause and effect). We need to address this issue by
looking into all angles of this problem , otherwise it will never be

Posted by Hakim H September 5, 09 06:31 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 12, 09 07:06 PM

yoo they are crazy

Posted by Anonymous September 23, 09 01:10 AM

I only read the first few comments and found them to be ignorant at best. KILL THEM?! Exterminate them?! These Somali pirates ARE people we're just non- chalantly saying to kill and destroy. They ARE doing something wrong, BUT how else are they to feed they're families, some with more than 3 or 4 small children that depend ONLY on them, and yes they're violent antics. If YOU are tired of watching from the luxury of you're home, the atrocities of these Somali pirates doing ONLY what they know how to do, which is SURVIVE, then come up with a way to FEED these starving families and stop they're fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, etc from resulting to hijacking these vessels. You are aware that they're chances of receiving an education so that they can get a 9-5 and provide for they're families the "proper way" is slim to none. Have a heart! Stop always resulting to more violence to solve our problems. Those men are poor and hungry, they are doing what they have to do....No different than any "civilized american" has ever done.

Posted by imthestandard October 7, 09 09:39 PM


Posted by VOLKY October 18, 09 10:32 PM

You have to think that the worlds multi billion $$ fleet of warships vs. a few somali pirate speed boats..... and the somalis win more often then not, so why not scrap our entire naval fleet and contract out naval worldwide peacekeeping duties to somalia for a few $ a year?

Everyones a winner!

Posted by Couldn't care less October 30, 09 04:41 AM

It should be stopped doing all these criminal activities .They should be
thank you.

Posted by prabhat gupta November 15, 09 02:03 AM

They are crazy and need to be broght to justice

Posted by CPIZZLE November 16, 09 02:31 PM

anyone who actually believes that these men deserve anything but the harshest punishment is ignorant. first of all, i'd like to see you say the same things when it's your family or friends that gets killed or hurt or affected in any way by these "pirates". i don't care if you think they had no other choice, of course they did. i've met people suffering from severe poverty and surrounded by crime during mission trips to mexico and travels to africa, and they are leading a perfectly good life and trying to make the best of what they have. these guys are just low-lifes that chose crime and hatred for the thrill and selfish benefit. end of story, these guys are worthless to the world.. they do more harm than good and they won't change.

Posted by linds November 19, 09 09:58 AM

the only thing we can say is let we beg a god and ask peace around world not only somalia if you know or not , you know what is goin on world + America every country has his on problem don just look somalia they are poor country and have poor poeple and we have in America millions of somalia t whois better hardworking men and women. please guys don think all somali are same

Posted by asha November 24, 09 10:50 PM

Well accordin to me this case is based on giv and take relationship.

The way you'all had courage to take somalia peoples resources and disturbed them, same way build or gather courage to give them ur resources , y problem in givin wen u havent thaught b4 takin.

HATS OFF!!!! to those somalia pirates not for what they are doing but for the courage of what they are doin devoid of knowin the consequences . Livin in such a small place that is somalia they are challenging to large countries and these large countries are doin nothin as far as their(large countries) power is concerned.

common wake up guys dont waste time otherwise situation will become more miserable and horrible.

And the same time think some other alternative (if possible only) instead of killing them and punishin them coz they are fools not knowin what they are doin. Catch hold of their boss who sowed the seeds of this piracy in their mind and make him understand that what they are doin is wrong.

Posted by babe November 27, 09 06:17 AM

an article on The Mantle argues that one good thing coming out of the Somali pirate issue is an unprecedented level of cooperation amongst countries to combat piracy.

Posted by shaun November 30, 09 12:31 PM


Posted by Ibris December 7, 09 11:05 AM


Posted by Gabby December 14, 09 12:57 PM

To all who post here:

Respect America's Government for acting and being willing to act, it says a lot about their willingness to intervene. So with all the other governments willing to act on this as well.
Support your military - they have seconds to make a decision and the rest of the world have years to criticize it - not cool.
Respect any man willing to take action against these criminals - it is never an easy decision - no matter who gives the order.
The Somali government is not as innocent as they would like to propagate, think carefully why Government in Somalia has failed - remember 1993 and the action taken then?
In my humble opinion - never criticize those under fire - they don't appreciate comment of that nature coming from inexperienced civilians.
Maritime law does not allow for ships to be armed, think of oil tankers, certain gases accumulate in these tankers and the danger of setting this off is real with untrained personnel on board using armament.
Do not support the Somali's in any form, you are being misled - they have no interest in solving the problem, no matter what they tell you - they rule by fear and hunger and will not have it any other way.

I had the privilege of working with some of the American forces during the 90's in Africa - "de oppresso liber" Keep up the good work.

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

- George Orwell

Posted by JCO December 14, 09 02:30 PM

The situation in Somalia is a bad one with little hope. I know I was there in
"93" We went in under the terms of being humanitarians. We left there wounded and bleeding wondering why we came.
They have been in survival mode for many years
Blame the the countries in the pass that have pillaged them and stole their
silver and brutalized their country. Blame the long civil war that has ravaged their living conditions and robbed them of their dignity. and self worth.
The answer is not just fighting piracy it is about trying to give hope and food.
and rebuilding their nation while ridding the bad seed of terroism that is deeply rooted there as it is in other african countries.
That is never done without bloodshed and bloodshed and more bloodshed
So the qeustion is What will one do in exchange to heal another country
How many soilders will they send to face a certain death sentence.
America already took its turn and we should not ever have to go back
in there again.

Posted by Rodney December 30, 09 11:22 PM

yeah i heard about that a little bit into the year.but what happens when you get cargo ships that know they will have to go through the coast.and the crew is armed with rpg's, sniper rifles and flankers?what's the chance of them passing through with out being jacked or harmed?

Posted by raymond smith December 31, 09 03:28 AM

Armed all ships problem solved. A few dingy boat sailing back home with dead bodies will carry a powerful message to future hijackers.

Posted by AnnMarie January 3, 10 12:07 AM

Pirates !!!!!!!! it looks like an old story. In old days it was common for pirates to hijack a ship. In this age i am surprised to see all this.

Somalia is a very poor nation and only because of that they are compelled to do this. I think its a whole gang controlled by some upper hands (politicians or some one else) need to eradicate their heads.
But also education and stability is needed in that area to save the next generations.

Posted by waqar January 5, 10 03:20 PM

its 2010 now and it lasted all year in 2009

Posted by md February 1, 10 05:58 AM

Let's wipe the grins off these guys' faces:

1. Drop leaflets over Somalia warning the pirates that the rules have changed.
2. Every time the Navy sees a pirate ship, sink the ship. Shoot everybody but one guy. Leave them in the water for the sharks to eat.
3. Release the one guy in a rowboat near the pirate coast.
4. Let him row ashore and tell his friends that the rules have changed.

Posted by Brent in New Hampshire March 5, 10 09:14 PM

I love to hear the military say "Well we can't patrol the entire ocean in that area"
NEWSFLASH! You dont have to patrol the entire area. Only have your boat next to the freighter or tanker passing thru the area! Be next to what the pirates are after genius!

Then they say we don't have enough ships for the job. Really? Anybody see the rafts of ships floating near Norfolk Va. in the Reserve fleet...sitting, rusting away. What about the Reserve fleet near San Francisco?
Instead of selling the ships to Japan for scrap, lets USE them and EMPLOY people.

Anybody know anyone looking for work? Let's see ships need: welders, electricians, medical staff, plumbers, mechanics, administration...Wow! We are creating jobs here!
"But who will pay for all these people--not the taxpayer, who will pay to get these ships back in running condition?"
If we charge $750,000 per escort that would pay for the ships expenses including crew, fuel and maintenance. Make them a deal, if the ship is NOT attacked, they only pay $500,000.
Outrageous you say? What is the average payout to the Pirates? 7 million? 5 million? 10% insurance is what it is. The ANTI PIRATE fleet provides jobs for Americans, creates income that pays for itself and provides a service that protects the merchandise and oil that lubricates the world economy!

What do you say America? Let's go create these jobs and go get bad guys!

Posted by Dave March 7, 10 07:56 PM

we had a saying in viet-nam kill them all and let god sort them out ,this applies to dealing with pirates . they want to be pirates then shot them on the spot they will do it to you or worse . there is no need to be fuzzy and warm when dealing with this kind of trash . kill some of them on the spot and watch the piracy rate go down . and put snipers on these ships with shot first ask no questions .

Posted by robert March 16, 10 01:03 PM

Poor people, have no other choice to survive in their own land, because of all disasters which happened by fault of all international community, who supplied arms to warlords. Now western politicians and businessmen have to help Somalia!

Posted by av March 28, 10 12:26 PM

I think that the pirates are pretty darn smart. They understand that the liberals are way to stupid to kill them for doing anything.

Posted by da beast April 20, 10 09:40 PM

The problem with the Piracy is not that they arent just in it for shiggles. Somailia is one of the most LDC's that the world has seen, they seemingly have no future, neither do they have a past to look back on. The pirates are trying to earn money for themselves and for their nations, I AM NOT JUSTIFYING THEIR ACTIONS. But some of ya'll (Yes, Im texan) seem to think that they do it for fun.
Ohh, and as far as arming civillian ships? The UN banned arming ships that arent part of the military. So we cant just strap a sniper to the roof of the ship and think that things are going to get better. Not withour changing global policies that were made for specific reasons in the first place.
Piracy is'nt something that can just something that can just be ended. But action does need to be taken. We cant declare war on Somalia, because the government is friendly (Not to mention the last time we were there, we got our butts kicked...) they are asking for help. But the situation is similiar to that in the middle east, there is no clear enemy, we cant do a thing unless we catch them in the act. So more or less, there isnt much we can do.
Do I support piracy? No, but we cant arm our ships (yet), nor can we just go in and eliminate the leaders. And at that, I end my "comment" Im just using my high school computer to look at political blogs.

Posted by Denver Curtis (John Tyler High School) April 22, 10 04:33 PM

they should be stoped because they can really do some bad things to this country. if the us army people did not stop those protes they would have taken over those boats and that would have been really bad for this country.

Posted by Anonymous April 28, 10 05:51 PM

soamaalia pirates are now in madives!! maldivan people are v afried abt tha!! in the last year maldives coast guard were captured 2 bats!!!

Posted by shaam June 7, 10 06:14 AM

We had a teny weny company by the name of Executive Outcomes that sorted out problems in Angola and in Sierra Leone in a matter of months.

Intelligence, structure and guts is all that is required, and the problem could be something of the past within 6 months from operational inception.

You guys need so sort-out the CIA (if you can)

Posted by Lukas van der Westhuizen September 5, 10 04:05 AM

Reminds me of Richard Scarry's "Pie-Rats." Seriously, I do pity the pirates. What they're doing is bad, but if it came down to letting yourself and your family starve or taking a big risk in an illegal activity with potentially big payoff, what would you do? It's not like Somalians have a lot of alternatives in life. They need something bigger, like a chance at peace and prosperity, for them to turn away from these activities. It's a small consolation, but it does seem like they have caused a very low number of victims (I could only find one...I don't think pirate deaths themselves should count to that tally).

Posted by Bluidshay September 8, 10 01:23 AM

yo these Somalians are idiots for thinking they could get away with stealing a giant ship at least steal a smaller one so no one would notice.

Posted by anonymous September 12, 10 01:26 PM

I second Dave! I'm sure this will work ...from saving the ship being attacked and employment to jobless guys!

Posted by CK September 30, 10 01:25 AM

i know that many of you have good intentions on what your saying but exterminating people would only drop you down to a even more extreme in desperation, that is only the worst thing you can do. we need to realize these are people who are forced into poverty and have families and friends suffering from starvation. they are desperate, and by exterminating them it will only be a desperate act of cruelty rather than really helping. if you need an example of this in 1994, an attempt at a extermination of Tutsi people occurred leaving 800,000 dead and a destroyed government. this is a HORRIFIC idea. instead we need to expose the toxic waste dumpers in other areas, and create new job opportunities for not only the educated but the common man.
consider if this was your life, how would you want other countries to support you? no you would want a opportunity to change.

Posted by anderson November 3, 10 12:53 AM

wow im writing a paper about samolia and is suposed to be good

Posted by Anonymous November 9, 10 01:41 PM

These pirates seem to favour Yamaha engines for their boats.
What does international maritime law state about piracy in international waters?

Posted by Emile Moellich November 15, 10 12:48 PM

They are only to use Mercruiser engines! Evenrude if available!
Not Yamaha! Arrest them on engine violations!

Posted by jakamoe December 13, 10 11:34 AM

in some they gor salty,because they got caught.but its not 1650 so stop pirating.!

Posted by Anonymous January 6, 11 08:57 AM

One of the reasons these people are turning to piracy is that the west and east are stealing there fish, they have also been dumping toxic and nuclear waste in there waters for the last 20 years.

Posted by Paul January 31, 11 06:21 AM

One trained sniper with .50 caliber rifle on each ship is all the security they need, but then world screams murder and the sniper is on trial.

Posted by ruger February 23, 11 03:52 AM

they should treatet like star dogs

Posted by mangesh mohite March 25, 11 01:52 AM

thank god they captured the pirates

Posted by the fluffy bunny March 31, 11 11:27 AM

i think its better that the different countries should help each other to prevent this kind of activities made by somalian pirates.. why should this kind of pirates will harsh and ask for ransom to the different ships? about the families of the seamen? we should make a move to stop this kind of bad doings of the somalian pirates. we are making every travel a dangerous one... because we all know that it is a bad doings.. everybody in the somalia should find money in good ways..helping each other and do better for the country.... because it should be the model for the youth.. not for the bad image.. its not too late.. we can start today..

Posted by kristel joy April 28, 11 12:33 AM

Poor administration in somalia has generates these type of issues.I think the man who were caught by the police are innocent and they are only toys.They are not a operators..They are only bullets.Where is the pistal?Who is that black dealer?

Posted by bala April 28, 11 11:23 PM
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