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Somali pirates hijack ship; 20 Americans aboard

NAIROBI, Kenya - Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 20 American crew members onboard, hundreds of miles from the nearest American military vessel in some of the most dangerous waters in the world.

The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked, said Peter Beck-Bang, spokesman for the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk. It was the sixth ship seized within a week, a rise that analysts attribute to a new strategy by Somali pirates who are operating far from the warships patrolling the Gulf of Aden.

The company confirmed that the U.S.-flagged vessel has 20 U.S. nationals onboard.

Cmdr. Jane Campbell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said that it was the first pirate attack "involving U.S. nationals and a U.S.-flagged vessel in recent memory." She did not give an exact timeframe.

When asked how the U.S. Navy plans to deal with the hijacking, Campbell said: "It's fair to say we are closely monitoring the situation, but we will not discuss nor speculate on current and future military operations."

It was not clear whether the pirates knew they were hijacking a ship with American crew.

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I'm getting pretty sick and tired of these damn pirates... I think we should spend a few of our hard-earned tax dollars and send a cruiser or two, with AC110 gunship support in and clean these scum out... A bit of napalm would do them a world of good.
 

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In order to suck in as many of these scum as possible, ships should each secretly have on board, a small military unit (from each flag country) in disguise (or a paramilitary unit.)

So, the pirates don't get scared off and hide from blatant military ships/teams; their intentions are clear in coming up to a ship; and the military doesn't have to hunt down essentially, civilians (who can hide amongst non-pirates fairly easily).

When approached and intentions are clear, these hidden units can defend with prejudice.

This would do a couple things...quickly weed out a number of these pirates, and act as a deterrent.
 

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In order to suck in as many of these scum as possible, ships should each secretly have on board, a small military unit (from each flag country) in disguise (or a paramilitary unit.)

So, the pirates don't get scared off and hide from blatant military ships/teams; their intentions are clear in coming up to a ship; and the military doesn't have to hunt down essentially, civilians (who can hide amongst non-pirates fairly easily).

When approached and intentions are clear, these hidden units can defend with prejudice.

This would do a couple things...quickly weed out a number of these pirates, and act as a deterrent.
Love the idea. I am still surprised that so many ships travel through that area without reasonable protection. Compared to loosing a boat or crew, hiring a few mercenaries with guns and RPG's seems pretty easy for a big ship and shipping company. I am not advocating violence, and am not a "gun freak" but this is not a reasonable, rational group of people with a long history of civility we are talking about. A few RPG's up the "bow" would make them think a little more closely about their livelihood....
 

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Can't help but wonder how Teddy Roosevelt would have handled this ongoing problem!
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Thomas Jefferson was the president who mainly dealt with the Barbary Pirates.

"In fact, it was not until the second war with Algiers, in 1815, that naval victories by Commodores William Bainbridge and Stephen Decatur led to treaties ending all tribute payments by the United States"

The Marine Hymn even makes mention of it.

The initial verse is "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli." "Montezuma" refers to the Battle of Chapultepec, more commonly known as the battle which took place during the Mexican-American War; "Tripoli" refers to the First Barbary War and the Battle of Derne.
 
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