Re: Pirates......Feb 23rd, 2011
I did thanks very much.... Perhaps you should.
As you can see, the majority of hijacks were clearly in their waters and as noted by the above image.
If you can't refute or argue any of what I said is untrue or impossible to do, then you don't have any grounds. Don't like getting attacked by pirates? Stay out of Somali waters..... once they go out into international waters, blow them up without question.... simple.
This is what happens when you ignore a nation's borders and water territory for a period of time and think you can do whatever you damn well please. Eventually people in that nation will take matters into their own hands..... like Iraq, like Pakistan, like Afghanistan, etc.... yet some people still think it's our right to go into countries or use their territory for our own personal gains..... and then punish those people when they have a problem with that.
Don't like it?
Go around them..... if they come after a ship outside of their waters, blow them up. Blow up any ship that approaches your vessel that is unknown or doesn't announce itself..... but when in their waters, you risk the consequences.
If you stroll across the border of North Korea, don't bitch and moan about what happens to you..... same applies here. Don't like it? Don't go there.
First of all, very few of the attacks occured within the Somali 12 mile limit.......see Lone Wolf's link below. Even if you mistakenly consider the 200 mile economic limit(designated by the blue stripes on your map) as Somali terrritory , the map is very misleading, as the line for Somali territory would only extend halfway into the Gulf of Aden, the other half being in the Yemeni economic zone.
Secondly, the map shows quite well the ability of pirates to strike hundreds of kilometers out into the Indian Ocean. It is a big sea, and naval forces can not cover even a tiny fraction of it.
Thirdly, the above facts make your contention "go around them" simple nonsense. 21,000 merchant ships pass through the Gulf of Aden in a year. They are vulnerable to attack on the high seas anywhere in the (huge) gulf, or for tens of thousands of square kilometers approaching the Gulf....
The only sane solution is armed merchant vessels, and a universal refusal to pay ransom.
Unfortunately, the world is not very sane anymore.