The example of Somali piracy is terrifying in that it has broadened the scope of the possible - previously this occurred to no one. The threat stemming from pirates is no less great than the threat from terrorists. Terrorists are, after all, fanatics, while piracy is a business involving nothing personal. Far more enthusiasts could join a profitable criminal outfit than give up their lives for an idea.Money talks.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
A Russian maritime expert looks at modern Somali piracy in the context of history and of the unique situation of Somalia as a failed state. Well worth reading it's Piracy in the 21st century: oddity or regularity?. While some of us long have been warning about the "broken window" effect of ignoring Somali pirates, the following quotes still fits: