Bush and the Pirates

I don’t have time to do a major post on this, but I thought I’d point out that in all of this pirate talk there hasn’t been much discussion of the role the Bush Administration played in destabilizing Somalia to the point where the “government” basically controls a tent and a vending machine. Obviously, this is problematic because combatting piracy on the sea is a mostly palliative — and it would seem, too costly — solution. The answer will be a legitimate Somalian government that doesn’t provide safe harbor for pirates, and frankly, I’m not quite sure how that get’s done.


2 Responses to “Bush and the Pirates”

  1. mike Says:

    The Somalian “government” isn’t necessarily providing them with a safe haven — it’s just not capable of preventing them from creating one.

    I know it’s precipitous, but would rousting a few of their ports (the locations of which are pretty established it seems) have a deleterious effect on their operations/morale, or would it just make them more incensed and maybe cause them to lop off the heads of a few hostages?

    They’re in it for the money, not the ideology, so one would assume that at a certain level of danger and lack of profitability, you can run them out of business.

  2. Jon Says:

    This question will require some thinking. Let me do that.

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