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The Adams knew what they were getting into. It appears that they chose to go by themselves and also took a more dangerous route than necessary (see our article for sources of this information: http://nasailor.com/2011/02/20/somalian-pirates-hijack-sailing-vessel-carrying-four-americans/)
So for their personal situation, I can't get fired up about getting the military involved to save them. They knew the risks and acted of their own accord. There are other ways to get to the Med. So why should my taxpayer dollars be spent to save them?
But agree that the bigger question is why isn't more being done overall to combat this problem, for both commercial and non-commercial ships. If international governments can't work together to address the problem I think the idea of using a private navy to escort ships through the area is a good one. But personally I would never attempt pirate alley, even if it meant adding thousands of miles to my trip.
I agree with this, some very very bad decisions were made here for whatever reasons, whether misguided well-intentioned zealotry, sense of purpose, or whatever ... they left a flotilla and took huge risks (based on what I read) ... a sad result but not unforeseeable unfortunately.
The captain bears responsibility for the decisions.
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