Piracy in the Beach of Aden (GOA) reached all time altitudes in 08 with record amounts of hostages and tonnage detained for ransom. The ranks of the growing nuisance are increasingly filled with Somalis anxious to take their turn to roll the piracy chop. So far that game has proven to have low entry fees and high funds despite its illegality.
Let’s be clear, piracy is a willful criminal act and those who try to commandeer a ship to steal its products or hold it for ransom are criminals of the lowest order. No one finds himself accidentally boarding a products ship and then demanding a ransom from the ship’s owner. There are ample opportunities along this way to think long and hard about the choice as a sailing.
Yet, it must be said that the root-cause of this scourge is not simply evil, as many would have you think, but instead it is located in economics pure and simple. This is easily evident in the clarity of their ransom demands. Invariably they simply request money. The devils are not politically motivated or ideologically tied to any particular sweeping movement. We don’t see them making any other kinds of demands. This leads one to believe that fewer would choose the path of piracy if better options existed in the economy. However addressing the economic plight of the Somali people is a long term endeavor from the moment the world decides to do it, and that moment is by no means forthcoming. In light of these fact we must raise the negative consequences associated with the choice to commit piracy.
Once Somalis actually choose to take the Sailing Option the doctor has to be confronted with consequences which are much more severe than those they enjoy today Malachite Dice Today when devils roll the chop virtually every time they either come up a winner or get an opportunity to roll again.
What is required, in absence of the aforementioned long term solution, is to change the picture for the devils at any given time. Instead of Results 2 and occasionally 3 they need to be finding Results 4 and 5 much more often. (A url to the diagram can be found towards the bottom of article. )
To make this happen, shipping companies should stop paying ransoms to criminal gangs. The You. S. has had many failures in its foreign policy over the years but one thing they have consistently be right about is their refusal to negotiate with terrorists or hostage takers. Doing so only nourishes their appetite which ultimately drives in the payment demands and the number of incidents as every thug with a rifle tries to cash in on the game. It’s been statistically proven, over time, to reduce incidents in places such as Beirut, Colombia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Criminals are rarely act out of thrill, this is a business and they’ll go where the money is. As long as they believe companies will pay they will extort that payment. When they see the money tail off they will move on to other rackets.
Instead of paying ransoms these shipping companies should make a fairly small financial investment in shortened television guards to visit on board while operating in the GOA or eastern Somali shoreline. These guards should operate under clear rules-of-engagement (ROE) which allow the escalation of force to culminate in fatal force if deemed necessary. Death at sea, Result 4, should be a realistic potentiality for those choosing to engage in piracy. When the levels of the game are raised to this level the vast majority of the so-called part-time devils will decide this is not worth the effort.
International navies and militaries should selectively take advantage of the twelve months require granted by the NOT to deal with sailing bases and network on land or in their home ports. This is a dangerous undertaking as any collateral damage could cause a broader rebellion which could be further reaching than the currently in the economy motivated devils. An errant attack by a western military which caused many innocent fatalities could allow local frustration to manifest itself into support for terrorism which up till now is not the primary motivator for piracy in the region.
The complex challenge of isolating innocent angler from the devils, who often pose as the former, is the realm of the navies of the world. It is their role to stalk and board suspicious wrecks, confiscate tools, arrest suspects and turn them over to municipal authorities who can prosecute them accordingly. It now appears that Kenya is happy to receive and prosecute those alleged of piracy. If that is the case it could go a long way to making Result 5 a reality in the life of a sailing.