November 05, 2005
Definitely not the Feathersword Type

Pat gets a no-prize with an eye patch for bringing us news that piracy is far from dead:

A luxury ship carrying at least 600 tourists from Europe narrowly escaped seizure by gunmen off the pirate-infested Somali coast when it sped off to the high seas amid a trail of gunfire.

The vessel was destined to the Kenyan Indian Ocean city of Mombasa, where it was expected to arrive Monday, Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers' Assistance Programme (SAP) told AFP.

I've been reading about piracy in this area and the area around the South China Sea for years now. As long as they stuck to tramp freighters and the occasional hapless sports tourist, I suppose they were just ignored. Now that they're starting to take on bigger fish, maybe someone will finally take care of them.

Doesn't have to be us. China and India both have navies more than capable of squashing thugs in speedboats. If the pirates make commerce expensive enough, I'm sure those navies will.

Posted by scott at November 05, 2005 01:28 PM

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I think they should mount a 2" deck gun on all cruise ships. Can you imagine how much fun blowing up pirates would be compared to skeet.

Posted by: Brass on November 5, 2005 03:55 PM

I think the average cruise ship would be ripped to shreds from the recoil if you tried to fire a mounted 2" gun from it. They're designed for luxury, not firepower.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on November 5, 2005 06:02 PM

however, if we get more pirates, global warming will cease, so I'm all for letting them go free.

Posted by: ronaprhys on November 6, 2005 09:44 AM
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