Monday, April 27, 2009

Cruise Ship fights Somali Pirates

It's good to hear that instead of waiting for impotent governments to do something, people are fighting back on their own. Foxnews reports that "an Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday."

Let this incident be a warning to others who are dithering over arming civilian ships. Maybe the German ship which was seized on 25th could have avoided its fate if it was also armed. I say arm each ship with only one sniper who can blow off the approaching pirates one by one. Who knows, maybe this can be the next big thing in the cruising circles (did you see the whale? no, I saw something better, a pirate getting shot from long distance).