Allow me to depart from my normal, warm fuzzy liberal self a moment.
The way i see it, the current SOP when it comes to dealing with piracy is the whole problem. the pirates take a ship and demand ransome, the company pays the ransome to the pirates, gets reimbursed by their insurance company and business goes on, in the meantime, the pirates are using the money to upgrade their weapons and capabilities to go out and capture more ships. As long as the pirates know they're going to continue to be rewarded for this kind of behavior, they're going to continue it. Obviously, this taking ships and kidnapping crew behavior is not acceptable, so what we need to do is give them a good swift slap on the hand with enough force and pain that they think twice before doing it again. And when they start to whine and complain about being denied the right to make a living, another good swift slap on the hand followed by "We Don't Care." Should suffice.
i'd say let's let the boys in the F-16s and B-2s have some fun in the skies over Mogadishu, blow up a few warlords and a few hundred of their minions, and do this every time a ship is taken, and pretty soon, the remaining warlords are going to realize that the gain is not worth the pain and the piracy will stop.
In the meantime, i send my best to Captain Phillips, if anyone is deserving of a CMH
, it's him.
Now, back to my normal, warm fuzzy liberal self