Thursday, April 09, 2009
The Real Story of the Somali Pirates
They are the new bad guys of the world.The modern pirates of Somalia.
The media is going crazy about what to do about them. On CNN the consensus seems to be....kill them all.
But almost nobody is looking at how this pirate story began.
So I found this CBC video really interesting.
Shorter version: The pirates were once fishermen who lived in a country without a government.So nobody patrolled the coastal waters and stopped foreign trawlers from ravaging fish stocks.
Or stopped countries from dumping toxic waste that sickened them and their families and ruined their livelihood. So they started "taxing" trawlers for the damage. And it wasn't very long before somebody figured out that piracy might be even better.
It doesn't excuse what they are doing. Especially when the ship they held up is loaded with U.N. food for malnourished mothers and children in Somalia and Uganda. And badly needed cooking oil for refugees in Kenya.
But it does explain how it happened. And it does makes you wonder who are the real victims? Who is really to blame? And who are the navies of the world really protecting out there?
Oh boy. What a world eh? When even pirate stories are complicated.
Just a lot of desperate people in a country the world forgot.
And enough shame for EVERYONE...