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French couple, kid kidnapped by pirates: Report
April 7th, 2009

PARIS - A French couple and their 3-year-old son were among those kidnapped by Somali pirates over the weekend, French television reported Monday.

The family’s sailboat Tanit carrying the family and another couple was seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean, where they had been vacationing aboard the boat and were heading towards the island of Zanzibar despite repeated warning about the dangers of piracy.

The French military had attempted to warn them of pirates, approaching the boat with a helicopter, the family wrote on their blog detailing their adventures.

Since March 16, the family had been sailing without lights as a precaution. ‘We’re sailing towards al-Mukalla and we are in the middle of the danger zone for pirates … But there is nothing to report,’ they wrote.

The couple had also been warned by another couple who had been kidnapped by pirates in the past, but were undeterred. The wife, Chloe, wrote: ‘The pirates can’t destroy our dream.’

Pirates on Monday seized a British-owned cargo ship and a Taiwanese vessel, adding to the French yacht, a Yemeni tugboat and a German container ship hijacked over the weekend, Kenya-based piracy monitor Ecoterra said.

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snip...The couple had also been warned by another couple who had been kidnapped by pirates in the past, but were undeterred. The wife, Chloe, wrote: ‘The pirates can’t destroy our dream.’
Maybe not, but they can sure turn it into a nightmare.

Nothing like a little khat fueled "gang romance" to ruin a nice vacation.

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What's the number one killer in the world? Stupidity.
I hope they come to no harm and that others heed the warnings.
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I still do not understand why the piracy thing has not been taken care of. You can watch them via satellite and know where and who is doing it.

I say pay the ransoms. Get all the boats/foreign nationals out of there. Do not let ANY foreign vessel near their waters. Park a couple of aircraft carriers and cruisers off the coast and sink everything that floats. Problem solved.

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I still do not understand why the piracy thing has not been taken care of. You can watch them via satellite and know where and who is doing it.

I say pay the ransoms. Get all the boats/foreign nationals out of there. Do not let ANY foreign vessel near their waters. Park a couple of aircraft carriers and cruisers off the coast and sink everything that floats. Problem solved.

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Unfortunately, that would close the Suez canal and effectively cut off access to the Indian Ocean from a good bit of the western hemisphere. I doubt people are going to start rounding the cape again, in spite of the piracy threat.
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Unfortunately, that would close the Suez canal and effectively cut off access to the Indian Ocean from a good bit of the western hemisphere. I doubt people are going to start rounding the cape again, in spite of the piracy threat.
I realize it would have some impacts, but lets say you close the traffic for 24-48 hours or put several fleets there. You KNOW which boats are involved in the piracy. Certainly you could sink them without even risking a single person.

I just don't get it.

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Shelling the harbors the pirates operate out of would be a good thing too...
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It doesn't make any sense to me either. Most of the civilized countries of the world pay lots of tax dollars for thier navies to keep the high seas safe for transit. It wouldn't take too many times for the pirates to be sunk for this venture to become less profitable. Send a frigate or two for some target practice. Rules of engagement should be if you fit the profile of a pirate vessel, you get a taste of naval gunfire.

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Jeez - that sucks. What a freakin' nightmare.
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It doesn't make any sense to me either. Most of the civilized countries of the world pay lots of tax dollars for thier navies to keep the high seas safe for transit. It wouldn't take too many times for the pirates to be sunk for this venture to become less profitable. Send a frigate or two for some target practice. Rules of engagement should be if you fit the profile of a pirate vessel, you get a taste of naval gunfire.
I wholeheartedly agree with this approach. The seas MUST be open for transport.

However, this only addresses the symptoms, not the disease.

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