Somali pirates - The ruling menace at the Somalian coasts

April 8th, 2009 - 11:18 pm ICT by GD  

Somali Pirates The Somali pirates are one of the most disgusting modern day criminals. They cause harm to civilization in such a way that it has become hard to believe that the world is actually getting modernized.

The most recent victim of Somali pirates was the U.S.-flagged cargo ship that was heading towards the coast of Somali. The crew consisted of 20 all- American crew members who were routinely working under contract to the Department of Defense.

As in most cases it still remained unclear as to who hijacked the vessel and there were no demands for ransom. The fact is quite shocking but it is true that over the last three years, Somali pirates have typically anchored hijacked vessels off the coast and negotiated ransoms of from $1 million to $3 million.

United States of America has taken many steps along with a few other nations and has been patrolling the region since late last year, in an attempt to fill the security lapses left by Somalia’s weak transitional government. It has been almost two decades since last functioning government was toppled in 1991. When the vessel was attacked today the closet U.S. warship was 300 miles away and unable to respond to the SOS calls.

Unless stricter actions are taken it is almost impossible to fight back the Somali pirates menace effectively. It will be quite interesting to know the fact that after a stable situation for sometime in the past few months, the pirate attacks have surged again in the last week, moving from the Gulf of Aden to deep in the Indian Ocean.

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