I hope it's OK to post this hilarious GDG here instead of on POTUS but wondered if anyone else has been following the adventures of the Somali pirates jacking all the ships in the Indian ocean.
It's really pretty incredible if you think about it--these people for the most part live in dung huts with no water, sewer, electricity, schools, etc. in bombed out villages in a lawless cesspool of a country that has had no functioning government in almost 20 years. Yet these young men are taking rowboats and converted fishing boats out to sea and jacking huge tankers and freighter ships as if they were Escalades in Detroit. They call themselves "the Somali Coast Guard".
These Somali captains of industry have transformed a ramshackle coastal slum town into a booming pirate port with new houses, stores and restaurants to service their needs aided by a provisional "government" (term used loosely) that looks the other way as the crimes are committed. There are no banks, so there's no problem laundering the booty (ransom money). Sounds like one big jolly party. The whole world knows where they are--they even have their biggest prize seized last week, the Saudi Arabia tanker Sirius Star, anchored right off the coast in plain sight. This megatanker was jacked on Nov. 15 and carries so much crude oil its capture actually caused oil to go up $1 a barrel briefly.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...d-1031235.htmlThere are 14 ships and 268 crew still in captivity, including one that has on board 33 Russian battle tanks; no fewer than eight of the vessels have been seized in the past 14 days alone; urgent talks are going on between nations and international bodies over how best to defeat the hijackings; navies are on standby to put more vessels into the area; some of the world's leading carriers are having to reroute ships thousands of miles out of the pirates' way, and wartime-style convoys, the latest one of nine ships escorted by a Russian frigate, are now being formed. A quarter of the entire Indian Ocean has swiftly been turned into a marine badlands, and the law of the seas is, at present, powerless to stop it.
Translated: There are enough warships in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden to sink the whole of Somalia and its neighbors, all swimming around doing nothing but hand wringing and saying, "Oh dear, what should we do, better call in the U.N., where is Kofi Annan, maybe he can negotiate a truce. Or say, how about Jimmy Carter, Oh no! He's busy trying to get in the Congo to help the situation there! Oh, no!!" LMAO. Although the Indian Navy did cannonball a Somali mothership and sink it a couple of days ago. Hell the U.S. never even ratified the U.N. Law of the Sea treaty!!
Here's a photo of one Somali looting party, aka the Central Regional Coast Guard, as it sets off from the coast of Somalia north of Mogadishu
Meet the swashbuckling Abdul Hassan, a 39 year old Somali pirate captain. That's a RPG he's holding, not a spear.
Hassan to Saudi Arabia: "Gimme 25 Million, beotch!"
And here's a photo of a looting party boarding a Ukrainian freighter vessel full of tanks and weapons jacked recently, the M/V Faina. They approach from the rear in the radar 'blind spot' and use grappling hooks to scramble aboard.