Maybe I have just been out of the loop and uninformed, but I had no idea that pirates still existed. I can’t really say that before this chain of events I even believed pirates ever really existed. For me; pirates were one of those things that you don’t really believe in but you don’t put in the complete fairytale category. When I saw in the news that Somalian pirates had hijacked a US crew ship and had taken the captain hostage I was shocked. How could this have happened? I had no clue that there were modern day pirates and that ships were still being hijacked at sea.
I was amazed when reading these articles
They outran the pirates for between three and five hours,” Murphy said. “They were finally overtaken, substantial gunfire involved.” -from CBS News
“We have decided to kill U.S. and French sailors if they happen to be among our future hostages,” said Abdullahi Ahmed, a member of a pirate group based at Harardhere, a coastal town in central Somalia.” -from CNN.com
US President Barack Obama promised on Monday to “halt the rise of piracy” in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. -from BBC News
Halt…I didn’t even know it was taking place. I found some very interesting info on this Q&A of Somali Piracy. It was devastating to hear of Somalia’s extremely poor economy which plays a major part in why some of these young men have become pirates. Read more here —>Young Somalis Lured by Piracy Riches
Now the question arises on how the captured pirates should be punished –> Obama Seeks to Halt Piracy on High Seas