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.
"We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose." - President Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address
Thursday, November 27, 2008
A Russian Look at Modern Piracy
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:
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