Thursday, December 11, 2008

Somali piracy: Cutting it off at the source?

Now here's a great idea to fight piracy in Somalia that'll probably never get off, or in this case, on the ground.
Somalia's government has welcomed a call by the United States for countries to have U.N. authority to hunt down Somali pirates on land as well as pursue them off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation.

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Diplomats at the United Nations said the U.S. delegation there had circulated a draft resolution on piracy for the Security Council to vote on next week.

A draft text seen by Reuters says countries with permission from Somalia's government "may take all necessary measures ashore in Somalia, including in its airspace" to capture those using Somali territory for piracy.
Awesome, right? The US wants to do it, Somalia's government wants us to do it, so what's the hold up? Why even bother going to the UN if both of the lawful parties involved are in agreement? As a Somali provincial government official says:
"We are not happy because the United Nations never implements what they endorse," Abdulqadir Muse Yusuf, Puntland's assistant fisheries minister, told Reuters in Bosasso.
The hell with the UN. With both Somalia and the US in agreement, it seems there's no need for a UN Security Council resolution, and I'm pretty sure we'd have plenty of help in this effort from other countries.


Charles said...

Hello? Somali Pirates?
Mary Harper of the BBC:

It was a cold, dark, wet and miserable Sunday afternoon. I was in my car, driving my 12-year-old daughter and her friend back from a birthday party. I was tired and fed up from being in the car.

"Mummy, mummy," trilled a voice from the back. "I want to phone the pirates."

My daughter had heard me repeatedly trying to get through to the Somali pirates on board the Sirius Star.

They usually picked up the phone but put it down again when I said I was from the BBC. My obsession with getting through to them had reached the point that I had even saved their number on my mobile phone.

"Mummy, mummy, please can I phone the pirates for you?"



By this time, with rain battering my windscreen and cars jamming the road, I was at the end of my tether.

"OK", I said, tossing the phone into the back of the car.

"They are under P for pirates."

Giggling with pirates

"Hello. Please can I talk to the pirates," said my daughter in her obviously childish voice.

I could hear someone replying and a bizarre conversation ensued which eventually ended when my daughter collapsed in giggles.

Eric said...

OK, that's too funny not to have its own post.

Charles said...

I saw that story here. This is a great blog!