Wednesday, October 31, 2007

At Least the Navy is Doing Something

U.S. destroyer pursuing hijacked ship in Somali waters, military says - Piracy - not the music variety - is a real problem, costing big bucks and people's lives.
A U.S. destroyer has entered Somali territorial waters in pursuit of a Japanese-owned ship loaded with benzene that was hijacked by pirates over the weekend, military officials said Monday.
Most people don't want to think about it, deny it is really a problem when they read something like this, or make a joke tied to the "giant spaghetti monster."

But it isn't a joking matter. Whole ships and crews have disappeared.

And the problem is getting worse. Pirate attacks increase worldwide -
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Pirate attacks worldwide jumped 14 percent in the first nine months of 2007, with the biggest increases off the poorly policed waters of Somalia and Nigeria, an international watchdog reported Tuesday.
Things can be done, and are being done in some areas.
Joint efforts by Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have kept piracy under control in the Malacca Strait, Mody said. Those states had poured a considerate amount of additional resources into fighting piracy since last year, including increased patrolling and law enforcement on the water.
[via Time Bomb]

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