Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pirates of the So-ma-lians

The economy is in the shitter, the Middle East doesn't seem to be getting safer with the prospects of a nuclear Iran increasing*, Russia is looking to flex its dormant muscles again, and the Tennessee Titans are undefeated. Just when you thought the world couldn't get more scary you have one more thing to add to the list: Pirates

Seemingly everyday for the past 6 months it seems like there has been a new pirate attack off the coast of Somalia. Nono, I shit you not. Just take a look at this:

Deal with that. And the problem is not only getting worse. Yesterday the Indian navy sank a boat and today a band of pirates that attacked an oil tanker is demanding $25mm in order to free the ship.

So alas now in this world that is seemingly in constant flux we can now agree on two things:

1) A Polish firing squad arranged in a circle is not the most logical setup
2) Pirates that do not resemble Johnny Depp are not a good thing.

*please keep quiet neo-realist IR friends on this point

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