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Old 11-28-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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How long before the hammer falls on these pirates?

There have been almost 100 attacks on ships by pirates off east Africa so far this year.
The British High Commission in Nairobi said: "The MV Biscaglia was attacked this morning.


Islamists have used the pirates to bring in arms shipments and foreign fighters, providing weapons and training in their use in return. They also help with bases from which the pirates operate.

BBC NEWS | World | Pirates 'working with Islamists'
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: state of enlightenment
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America has no problems invading sovereign countries on flimsy pretexts and lies and bombing wedding parties in Afghanistan and Iraq but suddenly when it comes to Somalia (a failed country with no real government) and the pirates it's borders are sacrosanct and we must respect international protocol. Since when??? The latest insanity from the Bush regime.

SOMALI PIRATES LAUGH, AFGHAN BRIDES DIE - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ucru/20081127/cm_ucru/somalipirateslaughafghanbridesdie - broken link)
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Here
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Perhaps the pirates are simply gay and misunderstood.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Perhaps the pirates are simply gay and misunderstood.
No, no...You will not highjack this thread. Are there not enough gay threads for you?

The naval forces are growing all the time. There is already a small flotilla of warships in the region from the US, UK, Canada, France, Turkey, Germany, Russia and India, among others. They need to blow the pirates out of the water, or start putting heavily armed personnel on bait ships.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Here
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No, no...You will not highjack this thread. Are there not enough gay threads for you?

The naval forces are growing all the time. There is already a small flotilla of warships in the region from the US, UK, Canada, France, Turkey, Germany, Russia and India, among others. They need to blow the pirates out of the water, or start putting heavily armed personnel on bait ships.
Okay but one last question: Do you think the pirates have a Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy?
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Aren't the pirates sanctioned by the Somali government? It's their biggest source of revenue. This is a pirate country, not some lone operators doing it themselves.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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The nerve!!! And the even have their own team......in Pittsburgh.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:50 AM
 
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I read on the web that Somalia is almost nullin the economics dept. Stealing this ship and its contents may help them.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Aren't the pirates sanctioned by the Somali government? It's their biggest source of revenue. This is a pirate country, not some lone operators doing it themselves.
There is no effective government in Somalia.
Why it effects you...Shipping companies pass on the increased costs - security, higher insurance premiums, ransoms and extra fuel for longer routes in their fees and so it eventually finds its way onto the street.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:09 PM
 
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No surpise in the fuel increases dept!
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