The issue is not whether piracy is tied to terrorism, but rather how terrorists or others might employ piratical tactics. If nonstate actors find the tactic is sound and the defense against it untenable, then it will be used to conduct similar or more spectacular operations. How would nonstate actors or other future belligerents interpret any success by the pirates? Absent an effective response to lawlessness, Somali piracy may be a prism to view potential copycat killers.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Commentary by Claude Berube, Naval Academy professor, on the Christian Science Monitor site: Somalia's piracy problem is everyone's problem: