Recognize Somalian sovereign fishing rights (which are violated by foreign fishing vessels all the time) Arm the tankers. For example the Maersk Alabama was attacked for the second time in seven months yesterday but was repulsed by small arms fire and the application of a high level decible noise maker. The pirates fled. As of right now the international maritime community, with the exception of the U.S., is against providing armed guards on its tankers.
Allan Bogle's suggestion makes sense to me.
A more basic step would be to send in an armed United Nations force composed of primarily troops from other African countries and with economic aid from nations such as China, U.S., Saudi Arabia and others who benefit from safe sea lanes for their trade. I heard a comment on NPR yesterday about the U.S. China trade deficit pointing out that China benefits from the U.S. Navy's efforts to keep major sea routes safe but contributes nothing to this effort.
Arm the crews of cargo and fishing ships with effective weapons and trained weapons handlers.
Of course this will never be done, as weapons in "civilian" hands nowadays is sooooo politically incorrect.
Not to mention that there would be an extra expense to the shipping companies (boo-hoo) that they now slough off at the risk to their crew members.
OTH, that solution now would perhaps not be feasible because the PUSSIFIED world has paid millions in ransom to the pirates so that they now can afford superior weaponry compared to what one cargo or fishing ship can afford.
BTW, similar corporate (oil company) greed and public stupidity has led to financing of the Arab wogs with billions if not trillions of "dollars" which helps finance their terrorism.
If the human race was not infected with a blind "need to breed" leading to overpopulation and insatiable energy demand, AND if alternate energy forms had been pursued, the Arab/Muslim countries would still be back rotting with fifth century technology, along with their stupid fifth century religion and culture.
The somali Piracy problem is the result of an instable local government. The hardship of people who now solely rely on fishing to survive is compromise by foreign fishing vessels. Kenya and Djibouti share the African horn with Somalia, yet, we don't hear of kenyan piracy...rather than arming vessels which would escaldae the situation, and facilitate the recruitment of terrorist, combining political effort between countries affected in this trade route, and the African Union, as well as comprehensive International sea routes policies are more likely to bring forth lasting result. Arming vessels will temporary solve the issue until the pirates adapt, the problem needs to be solved at the source, which is inside Somalia.
Somalia has not had a government in 18 years ... getting a government in that country would be a beginning. Life expectancy is like 47 or something ... the situation is bloody gruesome there. Loads of international help is needed and time.
I have reviewed all the key points raised in regard to your question. Most of the reasons for why have been answered with the exception of the basic fact that most of these participating pirates are acting against their will. If you are from a local village and your family is held hostage by the local war lord then you might become a pirate. As to failure, it is not an option if you fail to capture your prize you might as well drown because your family is dead and so are you if you come backe empty handed.
The idea about arming merchant ships is one being spouted by talking heads all over the world. The problem with this avenue is it is illeagel under International Law. Some would say change the law to allow weapons on board merchant ships and train the crews to use them. The problem is most countries do not allow the ownership of weapons by its citizens or arming of their business assetts. In some of the major shipping countries in the world a weapon would be used as an excuse to arrest all on board and sieze the ship as a violation of that countries soveirenty.
In some major shipping countries the crime against shipping is executed by the Port State Control Officers themselves. They board as representives of the country upon the ships arrival. Once they have study the ship they return out of uniform and pirate the ships and crews. It would be hazardous for them to perform these acts so they do not allow weapons on board ships within their terrertorial sea. There are solutions in place that have been ignored by all concerned for years. There is required training that if enforced would have a damaging effect against the piracy in this and other areas throughout the world.
Most do not realize that Somolia is not the hot spot for piracy in the world and we must focus ourselves on the problem concerning certified training of the shipping industry and mariners and not the perpetrators living conditions. Before this is questioned I understand that depressed peoples can become pirates but until we have a solution accepted by those countries in question we will have to evade and prevent these attacks and not try to solve the worlds problems.
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