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The somoli taste is improving

It seems that the Solmoli's are at it again (still) but their taste in boats is improving. At least they got experienced crew to go with it.

FOXNews.com - Pirates Seize Control of Luxury French Yacht Off Coast of Somalia - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News
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I expect as long as the pirates have a safe haven and various countries keep paying the ransom, this will continue to be a profitable business for the Somalis. I hope they will leave the French wine alone (haram after all). Here is more info on the boat.
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"Only the rope with stop them."

I'm thinking more along the line of a heavy 50 cal machine gun - but a rope will do. Since the ship was attacked in the Gulf of Aden, one would hope that some form of escort protection would be available for passing ships or better naval patrols available.
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What a screwed up mess that is.............

"Black Hawk down"........ WARLORDS..... muggers, beggars and thieves.....

MILLIONS spent on relief from the U.S. and others, ultimately going to corruption........

U.N. RELIEF ships stolen......

What-a-ya-do with Hell-hole like Somalia ??????
It'll NEVER get straightened out..... the FRENCH actually began that mess during WWll and then left it.......
maybe they should just ship WINE!... everybody would be a lot happier..
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Umm... their taste is still questionable...it is a FRENCH boat.
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but heaven forbid a guy carry a rifle and/or shotgun on board....

If these "pirates" can pull up to a giant luxury liner throw a grapple and comondeer (sp?) the ship with no resistance.......why wouldn't they try it again and again until someone finally returned fire. Several rifles and shotguns could probably (and obviously I'm not aware of exact circumstances) have made the "pirates" reconsider how helpless their easy target really was.
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Wonder what kind of gas mileage it gets?

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And to think that even on this site there are those that put down americans because they want to carry guns and protect themselves. There was even a thread that suggested the coast guard would show up and protect you. hahahahaha....If everyone were armed there would be NO pirates or terrorist left. This just proves that when guns are outlawed the only outlaws have guns.

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I don't get it ...

Wait a minute! You mean to tell me that on a piece of floating real estate that big, sailing in that part of the world, with 30 crew, they had no way to evade or defend themselves? Unreal.

How big was the pirate vessel?
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This is the exact one I think, the one you linked had no sails?

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