One could have mistakenly thought that the recent crack-down on these pirates by U.K and U.S. military forces would scare them off.
Drudge reports a whole new rash of pirate attacks...
- 80 ships targeted this year
- 12 of those are still being held!
The top US military officer said Monday he was "stunned" by the reach of the Somali pirates who seized a Saudi supertanker off the east coast of Africa, calling piracy a growing problem that needs to be addressed.
But Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there were limits to what the world's navies could do once a ship has been captured because national governments often preferred to pay pirates ransom.
Hmm, more piracy after craven national governments hand over money to them. Heads up, you liberals who prefer to not understand economics and human behavior - when you provide a strong financial incentive for something, you usually get more of it. Just a lesson as we watch the coming administration pass out goodies to its supporters and punish investment and business creation.
Here's a close-up of a map of the Horn of Africa (on its east coast)...
And here is a snapshot of a live piracy map. No kidding. From these guys: