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Old 01-06-2010
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DavidLin had a valid point. This whole problem with Somali pirate problem started when asian and european factory ships started over-fishing the coastal waters of the western Indian Ocean. The UN, and other international organizations didn't give a damn about the problem (at least, they didn't do anything), and the local fishing fleets fell on hard times. Fishing captains who couldn't make a living anymore got pissed and started to attack, and sometimes hold for ransom, foreign fishing vessels. Some of them soon realized that they could make even more money going after shipping vessels.

All this doesn't excuse their actions, but it does put them in a different perspective. Perhaps if developed countries had respected the economic exclusion zones of african countries (the way they expect their own exclusion zones to be respected), we wouldn't have the current situation.
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