It is difficult to comprehend the piracy issues we are currently facing on the high seas.
I am even more amazed the world powers have continued to allow such behavior.
I believe most efforts to control piracy up until this point have been “band-aid type stuff”. We need a cure.
Everyone has turned a blind eye to these buccaneers who work in bands while going after different targets. Private boats, yachts and cruise ships are not safe. Some will hijack ships simply for the cargo while other groups attack boats to kidnap innocent crew, hoping for large ransoms. Boats have become easy targets off the coast of lawless Somalia, where maritime security continues to be very weak or nonexistent.
When or will it end?
I read an article in the Wall Street Journal suggesting maybe it’s time for convoys to be implemented in areas where piracy is popular. It’s not a bad idea but will most likely not be a favorable option for most shipping companies.
I often wonder why these businesses continue to send their ships into harms way? Is it necessity…is it greed?
Whatever it is…it all needs to stop.
And from here on out I will no longer use the romanticized term “pirate” to categorize these jerks. They are thieves, terrorists and thugs. It’s time we start calling them who they really are.
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