Pirates revenge: 4 ships hijacked

posted at 2:15 pm on April 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Pirates vowed revenge after the US Navy killed five of their brethren, and in the last 24 hours, they’ve begun to wreak havoc in the Gulf of Aden again.  Pirates now hold four ships and 60 hostages in their latest spree.  However, note one key difference:

Somali pirates captured four more ships and took more than 60 crew members hostage in a brazen hijacking spree, while the American captain who escaped their grip planned to reunite with his crew and fly home Wednesday to the United States. …

Despite Mullen’s confident statement and President Barack Obama’s warning of further U.S. action, Somali pirates captured two more nautical trophies Tuesday to match the two ships they seized a day or two earlier.

The latest seizures were the Lebanese-owned cargo ship MV Sea Horse, the Greek-managed bulk carrier MV Irene E.M. and two Egyptian fishing boats. Maritime officials said the Irene carried 21 to 23 Filipino crew and the International Maritime Bureau reported 36 fishermen, all believed to be Egyptian, on the two boats.

It was not known exactly how many crew the Sea Horse had, but a ship that size would probably need at least a dozen sailors.

None of the ships are American, and none of the hostages are American, either.  That may be more coincidental than deliberate, as pirates would attack targets of opportunity, and perhaps no American shipping is present at the moment.  But it certainly appears that the pirates have taken one important lesson from watching their colleagues wind up in Davy Jones’ locker after the Maersk Alabama hijacking.

It’s going to take more than one lesson to teach the pirates a lesson.  I’d expect this to continue until we start sinking their ships in port, which will make it clear to everyone that we’ve reached the end of our tolerance for lawlessness.  And if we start sinking them at sea, the lesson may not be as dramatic, but it will eventually make more of the pirates reluctant to leave shore at all.


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Davy Jones’ locker

Hey hey we’re the Pirates,
We like to pirate around…

Mister Ghost on April 14, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Thanks for playing today, Dave. The other pansy liberal Obama-wankers seem to be … distracted, or something.

As for your violence fantasy that depicts our community organizer in chief as having given “the order to shoot to kill” some retarded black Muslims, I suspect your radicalization might be due to the election of our first black President.

Quick, someone alert DHS about leftwing Canadian extremism.

Jaibones on April 14, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Get real. From everything that I have read Obama gave VERY restrictive ROE that permitted the killing of the “pirates” ONLY if the Captain’s life was in imminent danger. When someones life is actually in imminent danger it is probably already too late in most cases. Clearly the Navy, how shall I say, “stretched” things (wink-wink among themselves) and did the right thing. By his VERY restrictive ROE, Obama put the Captain’s life at greater risk for a longer period of time than was necessary or prudent. The fact that things worked out well for the Captain does not change any of that.

MB4 on April 14, 2009 at 3:50 PM

I’m with you, MB4. If being captured/kidnapped in the first place isn’t “imminent danger,” I’d like to know what is.

Credit where credit is due, eh?

Gee thanks, Obama, for not castrating our own troops before they could do the admirable job they’re trained to do. America sure couldn’t have done it without your Carteresque vision and leadership. I’m sure that under President Bush those Navy SEALS would’ve been too busy attacking innocent civilians in Iraq or something. I mean, no other president would have bothered to save one measley ship captain, right?

And, while we’re at it, thanks for not declaring conservatives “enemy combatants” (“rightwing extremist” is a much more polite phrase, I think). Thanks for not launching a nuclear strike on Israel for its hardline stance against Iran. Thanks for refusing to let Bill Ayers take over at the Pentagon. Thanks for surrendering only part of America’s sovereignty to the U.N. Thanks for not kicking the British Prime Minister in the groin when you gave him those DVDs, for not tugging at the Queen of England’s hair to see if it was a wig, and for not bending down quite far enough to suck on the toes of the Saudi King.

For all this and more, we are forever grateful.

cackcon on April 14, 2009 at 4:10 PM

PS Gaaarrrrrr!

Jaibones on April 14, 2009 at 4:10 PM

As for Canada’s role in fighting them dirty pirates, we deployed the Ville de Quebec warship in August ‘08 to escort world food program ships, the HMS Winnipeg already thwarted an attack in April ‘08…

So pretty much…nothing over the past year.

The world thanks Canada for your tireless efforts in the region.

JohnTant on April 14, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Sailors on ships are never armed for fear of Mutiny. But now, perhaps, privacy will trump that fear.

Dhuka on April 14, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Today in class I had to listen to my liberal “teacher” say: These pirates treat their “prisoners” well, that this is the only way they can make a living because Somalia is in such disarray, that they aren’t terrorists and they mean no harm.

YoungAmerican on April 14, 2009 at 3:54 PM

That’s like saying, “Well, gee, I can understand why this person turned to armed robbery and terrorizing people. After all, he just lost his day job.”

Your “teacher” needs to understand that two wrongs don’t make a right.

UltimateBob on April 14, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Today in class I had to listen to my liberal “teacher” say: These pirates treat their “prisoners” well, that this is the only way they can make a living because Somalia is in such disarray, that they aren’t terrorists and they mean no harm.

YoungAmerican on April 14, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Your teacher is clearly about 5 beers and 11 ounces short of a six pack in the critical thinking department and if taken hostage herself by those she is referring to would probably lose control of all bodily functions rather quickly.

MB4 on April 14, 2009 at 4:14 PM

So pretty much…nothing over the past year.

The world thanks Canada for your tireless efforts in the region.

JohnTant on April 14, 2009 at 4:11 PM
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You’re just another American without a shred of respect for (or a clue about) any other nation’s participation in solving the world’s problems. I leave you to your ignorance and arrogance. I suppose you’re one of those jackasses who thinks America won WWII. But belittle away. You’re alone on your little island of stupid.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Not only is Canada providing naval craft in the region, along with 20-plus other nations, Canada is also one of the largest participants in the regions World Food Program efforts to assuage the god-awful conditions the lawlessness of Somalia has imposed on its people.

You and I disagree about a lot of things political, but I’ll defend Canada any day when it comes to Canada pulling her weight…and then some…as I’ve observed Canada over the past many years.

coldwarrior on April 14, 2009 at 4:22 PM

You’re just another American without a shred of respect for (or a clue about) any other nation’s participation in solving the world’s problems. I leave you to your ignorance and arrogance. I suppose you’re one of those jackasses who thinks America won WWII. But belittle away. You’re alone on your little island of stupid.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Nice little inferiority complex you’ve got there. :)

When other nations want to actually contribute to solving the world’s problems instead of trying to figure out how to get more and more of their citizens under the yoke of statism while ignoring the real threats of the world as too inconvenient for that goal, I might have more “respect” for their efforts.

BTW…being called ignorant and arrogant by you actually comes across as a compliment. :)

JohnTant on April 14, 2009 at 4:26 PM

The Special Forces, Rangers, MSRP Marines and SeALs can strike by land, air or sea, and Obama needs to get that through his head. Maritime strikes aren’t good enough. Special operators stalking and killing them on land and the new littoral combat ships blockading them at sea, and most of the piracy problem dries up in about a year, or less. Pirates are criminals, and they need to be beaten down through a hard campaign of extreme force, fear and intimidation.

Not Clintonistas babbling about diplomacy.

Virus-X on April 14, 2009 at 4:27 PM

You and I disagree about a lot of things political, but I’ll defend Canada any day when it comes to Canada pulling her weight…and then some…as I’ve observed Canada over the past many years.

coldwarrior on April 14, 2009 at 4:22 PM

In reality I don’t have a problem with applauding Canada, but I draw the line at a Canadian criticizing US efforts at solving anything. :)

JohnTant on April 14, 2009 at 4:28 PM

I’m with you, MB4. If being captured/kidnapped in the first place isn’t “imminent danger,” I’d like to know what is.

cackcon on April 14, 2009 at 4:10 PM

There are clearly at least two definitions of “imminent danger”. I think yours is the most reasonable one. Obama’s definition was clearly not the same as yours though as if it was he would have just said Shoot all the “pirates” as soon as you can get a clear shot at them without hitting the Captain. All indications point to that not being what he did in his ROE, but rather to the definition of “imminent danger” as if the Captain is about to be killed. Fotunatly, as by then it would likely have been too late, the Navy did the right thing and “fudged” and went with something closer to your definition of “imminent danger”.

MB4 on April 14, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Not only is Canada providing naval craft in the region, along with 20-plus other nations, Canada is also one of the largest participants in the regions World Food Program efforts to assuage the god-awful conditions the lawlessness of Somalia has imposed on its people.

You and I disagree about a lot of things political, but I’ll defend Canada any day when it comes to Canada pulling her weight…and then some…as I’ve observed Canada over the past many years.

coldwarrior on April 14, 2009 at 4:22 PM
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Thank you sir.

We can resume our bickering now if you like.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Nice little inferiority complex you’ve got there. :)

When other nations want to actually contribute to solving the world’s problems instead of trying to figure out how to get more and more of their citizens under the yoke of statism while ignoring the real threats of the world as too inconvenient for that goal, I might have more “respect” for their efforts.

BTW…being called ignorant and arrogant by you actually comes across as a compliment. :)

JohnTant on April 14, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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Keep digging that hole, bozo.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 4:30 PM

And we certainly will. :-)

coldwarrior on April 14, 2009 at 4:35 PM

JohnTant on April 14, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Wikipedia:

As of April 13, 2009, there have been 1,058 coalition deaths in Afghanistan as part of ongoing coalition operations (Operation Enduring Freedom and ISAF) since the U.S. invasion in 2001.

A total of 116* members of the Canadian Forces have died in Afghanistan between February 2002 and April 13, 2009. Of these, 98 were due to enemy actions, including 65 due to IED’s or landmines, 22 due to RPG, small arms or mortar fire, and 11 due to suicide bomb attacks.

Note that Canada has 1/10th the US population and do some arithmetic.

gh on April 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Clown? Stupid? Bozo?

Do you have a little drama queen insult mental rolodex file that you keep there, Dave?

If so you need to come up with one with more that has, how shall I say, a “bit” more substance and bearing.

MB4 on April 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Note to Dave Rywall.

None of the ships taken were American.

The pirates will pick on the countries that don’t kill them and make a lot of big noises to make everybody think they are tough. Until they try to take another American flagged ship I will bet they are all bluster and no real action.

Hawthorne on April 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM

MB4 on April 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Look up.

gh on April 14, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Look up.

gh on April 14, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Look up where? In the sky?

Able to guzzle more energy than dozens of normal men! Producing more hot air than a locomotive! Able to pile up carbon credits higher than a tall building in a single bound!!!

Look UP in the sky! It’s ChickenLittle! It’s FlyingSnakeOilSalesman! It’s the Sultan of Hanging Chads! It’s the Ayatollah of Heat! No, it’s CarbonMan in a private jet painted green!

MB4 on April 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Note that Canada has 1/10th the US population and do some arithmetic.

gh on April 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM

There is no need that the Canadian armed forces in Afghanistan have served honorably and done their part. They merely suffer from the same mentality that many European forces do. They avoid conflict and lose ground because of it.

When Afghanistan was turned over to NATO forces to replace the American presence there, the Taliban was in disarray and the Afghan attitude toward Americans and the west was very positive. In the time that NATO has mismanaged the Afghan theater, a lot of that good will has been spent and the Taliban is resurgent. Nice job there.

Hawthorne on April 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I meant to say that there is no need doubt that the Canadian armed forces in Afghanistan have served honorably and done their part.

Hawthorne on April 14, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Hawthorne on April 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM

They avoid conflict and lose ground because of it.

I’m going to get rude soon. Go read about Kandahar and get back to me. Look up Christie Blachford who was embedded there and wrote a book on it.

gh on April 14, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Obama had how many days to get ready for this? And yet he did not prepare. He’s a moron and so are all the people who voted for him.
I don’t know about the fishing boats (I guess maybe I don’t care about fishermen that stupid) but the cargo hijackings could have been trivially avoided by a convoy system. Don’t we and other naval powers have ships in the area? A convoy scheme could have been easily organized.
Then within weeks we could have a more efficient system in place. But no that would be a distraction from his plan to wreck the economy.

edshepp on April 14, 2009 at 5:32 PM

None of the ships taken were American.

The pirates will pick on the countries that don’t kill them and make a lot of big noises to make everybody think they are tough. Until they try to take another American flagged ship I will bet they are all bluster and no real action.

Hawthorne on April 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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true none were American

true the pirates will go/have gone for easy pickin’s

as for all bluster and no action, the Canadian ship (and I assume other naval ships from other countries), for example, would respond to any distress call, so in actuality, the pirates are always in danger of getting thwarted/shot at/rightfully killed. But the pirates have been surprisingly successful.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Clown? Stupid? Bozo?

Do you have a little drama queen insult mental rolodex file that you keep there, Dave?

If so you need to come up with one with more that has, how shall I say, a “bit” more substance and bearing.

MB4 on April 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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You no likey you no read.

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Bush could have crapped out a cure for AIDS and you’d be here complaining that he didn’t wipe afterwards.

JohnTant on April 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

As an aside… you’re right. He didn’t exactly crap out a cure, but he did see to it that millions of Africans are receiving treatment for HIV. Bush is a good deal more popular in many African countries than he is in Canada.

Laura on April 14, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Dave Rywall on April 14, 2009 at 5:34 PM

No surprise about it. It is all about operational intelligence. If you have a thousand little boats out on the water that are spread out, you can use signals and radios to determine and report where the naval assets are. So then you take the ships that are too far away from help to get a timely response.

If the international coalition wants to be successful in thwarting the piracy they need to develop a mother ship that is capable of carrying and supplying half a dozen (or more) fast patrol craft plus a couple helicopters and/or harriers. It would allow a single large naval vessel to cover a much wider patrol area and have much faster response.

Hawthorne on April 14, 2009 at 6:43 PM

On second thought, scratch the Harriers. Use Predator drones instead.

Hawthorne on April 14, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Hawthorne on April 14, 2009 at 6:43 PM

We could easily use a couple of decommissioned RO/RO’s currently berthed at US Maritime Administration sites…plenty of living room…and equipment spaces…area for helicopter ops on deck.

How ever this works out, someone in the chain has to get it rolling, and soon, and also keep it as close to the Somali coast as possible…that’s a lot of open ocean out there, and even at 20-30 knots….it takes time for widely dispersed naval craft to respond.

And frankly, it is that respond thing that gets me. Being a lot more proactive sounds to be a far better route to take. Why close the barn door after the horse is already gone?

coldwarrior on April 14, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Today in class I had to listen to my liberal “teacher” say: These pirates treat their “prisoners” well, that this is the only way they can make a living because Somalia is in such disarray, that they aren’t terrorists and they mean no harm.

YoungAmerican on April 14, 2009 at 3:54 PM

That’s like saying, “Well, gee, I can understand why this person turned to armed robbery and terrorizing people. After all, he just lost his day job.”

Your “teacher” needs to understand that two wrongs don’t make a right.

UltimateBob on April 14, 2009 at 4:14 PM

The teachers at the middle school where I work were discussing this today. They pretty much said the same thing. Oh the poor, poor, pirates. I said “Hey why don’t we open a Walmart over there. Walmart is known for driving out local businesses. Once the pirates are out of business, Walmart can hire the ex-pirates and give them respectable jobs and the families could shop there for reasonable priced items. POOF! no pirates.”

I gathered from the resulting conversation that most teachers thought piracy was a more respectable job than Walmart checker. Idiots.

Lily on April 14, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Lily on April 14, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Its that Jack Sparrow thing…

Heard a lot of the same today…those poor little kids forced to be pirates…

Those poor little kids can gut you and skin you before you relaize they even have knives.

coldwarrior on April 14, 2009 at 7:24 PM

An air raid leveling the pirates’ home bases should have followed the dramatic rescue. You can’t just respond to a crisis with a hit and run operation and expect to maintain the initiative. Always keep the enemy off balance.

MaiDee on April 14, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Hey Drywall -

You get professional jerk training, or is it a talent you come by naturally?

Just curious.

Wind Rider on April 15, 2009 at 8:09 AM

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