Thursday, April 9, 2009

Somalian 21st century pirates

A few group of Somalians armed with AK 47 and RPG are negociating with a US war ship for the release of the ship captain that they took hostage. You see the irony in this event? Some kids from a collapsed state have thye upper hand in this confrontation with the most powerful military force in human history.
The Golf of Aden has become the new pot d'or for the Somalis as hundreds of millions dollars have been made there in the last few years. In this era of unmanned drones dropping targeted missiles, all the new pirates need is a small speed boat, a RPG, and unflinching readiness to "be rich or die trying".
For the last 2 decades, the world has watched this only African country where everybody speeks the same language, worship the same God, and listen to the same music, fall apart.
Now that the Multinational Corporations are paying a hefty price, there is no doubt that they will pressure the states to act. But the question is: What can the international community do?
Military operations in the Indian Ocean will fail to make the area any safer for commercial navigation. The only way to fix the problem is to fix Somalia. But then, we may ask, whose task is it to fix Somalia?
Well, I think that it is up to whoever benefits from a safe and law-abiding Somalian state to help rebuild the country.

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