Pirates are expected to a record ransom [sic] of more than $10million for the release of the Saudi oil supertanker hijacked off the Kenyan coast, as the spate of hijackings gathered pace with two more ships seized today. [...]Pirates in the area have now attacked more than 90 vessels this year and successfully made more than £60 million from ransom demands.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
They want ten million dollars? Fine. I say we pack ten mil of Monopoly money into a missile and send it over. We may lose a tanker, but it'll put a big question mark in the minds of the next group that thinks about hi-jacking a ship. Another good idea would be to heavily arm decoy ships and let them sail around and wait for a group of pirates to get close enough to flambé. Okay, I know that's troublesome when the lives of the innocent crew are stake, but one thing we shouldn't do is pay anymore ransom demands. It's like giving a defiant toddler ice cream for throwing a hissy fit, it only encourages their behavior.