Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Finally Someone Does Something

AFP: German navy arrests nine pirates off Somalia Though you have to wonder what the Europeans will do to the pirates. Given them a firm whack on the knuckles and send them to bed without their dinner?
The frigate Rheinland-Pfalz received a distress call early Tuesday from the German-owned ship saying she was under fire from pirates armed with bazookas and machine guns, a statement said.

The frigate dispatched a helicopter which together with another chopper from the US naval ship Monterey stopped the attempted attack by firing warning shots.
The Germans captured the pirates and have 48 hours to interrogate them. Then what?

Two hundred years ago, the navies of the world dealt rather harshly with pirates. The result was the virtual elimination of piracy - at least as a major threat. So far there hasn't been much good news on this front.

No comments: