Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Somali Pirates Did It All For The Money

(image via cbc)

Despite the fact that this blog is called The Corsair, we are not pro pirates -- kidnapping and theft is not cool -- but we can understand how people in a failed state with no other means of an income can resort to piracy to put food on the plates of their children. It is a tragedy of cosmic proportions the Blackhawk Down incident, which forever made Somalia toxic for United States peace keeping operations. From The NYTimes:

"The Somali pirates who hijacked a Ukrainian freighter loaded with tanks, artillery, grenade launchers and ammunition said in an interview Tuesday that they had no idea that the ship was carrying arms when they seized it on the high seas.

"'We just saw a big ship,' the pirates’ spokesman, Sugule Ali, told The New York Times. 'So we stopped it.'"

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