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The European Union Ups the Anti-Pirate Ante

Bulldog74 Wrote: Apr 04, 2012 7:25 AM
If the Royal Navy could handle wily pirates like Blackbeard and Bartholomew Roberts back in the days of sail, then modern high-tech navies should be able to stamp out piracy today. All it takes is a little resolve. Back then, pirates caught red-handed on the high seas could be hung without a trial. We need that same attitude today -- turn the navies of the civilized world loose and let them do their thing.

Somali pirates launched fewer successful attacks on commercial shipping in 2011. European Union nations want that trend to continue through 2012 and beyond. Last week, EU nations agreed to let their military forces patrolling the Somali coast conduct strikes on pirate facilities up to two kilometers inland. Attacking pirate bases represents a significant change in military policy but is in line with more aggressive counter-piracy measures being implemented in areas subject to Somali pirate attacks.

Escalation has always been a military option. Resistance has thwarted previous pirate attacks.

In 2005, Somali pirates attacked the cruise ship Seabourn Spirit. Despite damaging the...