Monday, October 1, 2012

Somali Piracy Heyday is Over

via The National Post

The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter this once-bustling shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over. Most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed. Pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships.

Armed guards aboard cargo ships and an international naval armada complete with aircraft that carry out onshore raids have put a huge dent in Somali piracy and might even spell the end of the scourge. One piracy expert said it’s too early to declare victory. But the numbers are startling: In 2010, pirates seized 47 vessels. This year they’ve taken only five.


  1. Allow merchants and travellers to carry arms on their vessels, and this would go away much faster, but what it shows is that thugs find other things to do when good people stand up to them.

  2. ARRGHH!!!!!!

    orlin sellers

  3. Hmm. The Somali pirates didn't back off until someone projected lethal force at them. Go figure?

    I wonder if criminals in the U.S. work the same way? Because being nice to them and letting them succeed sure isn't stopping them.