I’m getting downright sick to my stomach reading about Somali pirates. I pay way too many tax dollars to our military industrial complex to let some brigands in a boat with no gasoline keep the US Navy at bay.
Add to that, the captain who is being held hostage attempted an escape — a pretty good time to blow up the boat, I would think — but the pirates caught him and brought him back.
And now the pirates are calling for reinforcements?
Mohamed Samaw, a resident of the pirate stronghold in Eyl, Somalia, who claims to have a “share” in a British-owned ship hijacked Monday, said four foreign vessels held by pirates are heading toward the lifeboat. A total of 54 hostages are on two of the ships – citizens of China, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, the Philippines, Tuvalu, Indonesia and Taiwan.
“The pirates have summoned assistance – skiffs and mother ships are heading towards the area from the coast,” said a Nairobi-based diplomat, who spoke on condition on anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the media. “We knew they were gathering yesterday.”
Samaw said two ships left Eyl on Wednesday. A third sailed from Haradhere, another pirate base in Somalia, and the fourth was a Taiwanese fishing vessel seized Monday that was already only 30 miles from the lifeboat.
I’m guessing we’re not a superpower anymore.
To the military genius running this pirate-rescue operation: You must, somewhere, have some aw-shucks guy who can get over there, save the day with some duct tape and a paper clip, rescue the captain and get the girl. Please send him now.