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Asymmetry

Like IEDs, only macro. But with the same social drivers. The invaluable McClatchy:

"Is there any Somali who can earn a million dollars for any business? We get millions of dollars easily for one attack," bragged Salah Ali Samatar, a 32-year-old pirate who spoke by phone from Eyl, a pirate den on Somalia's desolate northern coast.

Hundreds of pirates such as Samatar — zipping around in simple fiberglass speedboats and usually armed with nothing more sophisticated than automatic rifles — have turned the waters off East Africa into a terrifying gantlet for cargo vessels, oil tankers and even cruise ships sailing between Europe and Asia.

The International Maritime Bureau says that at last count 42 ships have been hijacked off Somalia this year, and experts in neighboring Kenya estimate that Somali pirates have pocketed $30 million in ransoms.

While their countrymen suffer through another political crisis and the looming threat of famine, pirates are splashing hundred-dollar bills like play money around the nowhere towns of northern Somalia.

Of course, $30 million isn't really money -- it's not even a tenth of a Madoff Unit. But still, it's certainly a lot to them.

And to anyone who wants a little candy, I would think.

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Submitted by Nervine5 on

Why not capitalize on the Big industrial countries that use their waters as waste dumps and mega fishing grounds without regard for the Somalians? When did the American Indians with their casinos help out their brethren American Indians?

Personally, I applaud the capture of military armaments and oil.

I think that the pirates spending money in their own country is a good thing, unlike our corporatist s.