Originally Posted by tager
(If you have ever read John Rawls, think about the Original Position in the context of this debate...)
Here's an alternate standpoint.
Pirates, Warlords and Rogue Fishing Vessels in Somalia's Unruly Seas
The pirates are being painted by the press as morally bankrupt thieves. I am pretty sure that many of them are bankrupt fishermen.
Was the holocaust good?
There is just a wee problem with this scenario.
1. If these guys are the "Somalian coast guard", why are they attacking yachts? More than 500 miles from the Somalian coast?
2. If they were really enforcing Somalian fishing rights, they would be targeting fishing vessels, and or collecting fees. If they were merely robbing vessels that transit, especially if they were collecting a fixed amount like $1000.00 or we seize your ship, I could almost buy it.
The major problem is that Somalians, (formerly Ethiopians before an Islamic revolution). NEVER HAD A FISHING INDUSTRY, ...NEVER. The current "fishermen", were given their steel fishing boats with British outboards as part of a charity project among a group of European Nations as an attempt to reduce Somalian dependence on UN food aid. (The theory is give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, ...), The problem with this theory is, Somalians DON'T EAT FISH! It is not in their culture. The original coastal inhabitants, that might have once upon a time eaten fish were genocided. The current inhabitants of Somalia's coastline not only have no "father to son" fishing tradition, they also have neither the raw materials, nor the know how to construct ocean going vessels of any size or type.
This does not even mimic the pirate situation in Thailand. In Thailand there IS a tradition of fishing, but the fishermen are the lowest and least educated of Thai society. They are paid pennies for the fish they catch, and have to make it up in volume, (hard to do with hand fishing). And as such are even poorer that the rice farmers. The Thai priate attack we have heard about are merely robbery attempts gone bad, as the Thai priates rarely try to hold someone for ransom. Most of the killings have been because of racial strife, and historical animosity between the different groups of Asians, (that westerners often group together).
Also the Thai build their own fishing vessels, (out of native materials like bamboo), and dont venture far from the coast.
We've focused on losses from the pirated ships, but to be in a small steel skiff 500 miles out with a single outboard you have no idea how to fix, and no spare parts, and no tools, hoping the mothership that dropped you off out here doesn't lose you or forget you. I'm betting that the pirates don't have either ocean experience, or the ability to navigate, and that 1-10% are simply lost each trip. You can buy a lot of skiffs for one of the million dollar ransoms.