Last November news of a ship being hijacked by Somali Pirates made headlines and was the lead story on Fox, Sky and of course RTE.
The story was ridiculous. A monster oil tanker 3 times the size of the Titanic being seized by a bunch of mobsters with AK47s on a speedboat.
My suspicions were aroused that this was the pretext for a "war on piracy". Sure enough Hillary and Obama haven't disappointed to avail of the opportunity to launch a new "war on terror" in Africa.
Some military strategists believe it may ultimately be necessary to attack the pirates’ bases on land in Somalia. But few international allies have the appetite for another land operation in Somalia, where a US military foray in the early 1990s ended in humiliation. And the cost in civilian casualties would likely be extremely high, some warn.Yesterday, US President Barack Obama vowed “to halt the rise of piracy”, while shipmates of a rescued American freighter captain called for tough action against Somali bandits who are preying on one of the world’s busiest sea routes.
Mr Obama appeared to move up the piracy issue on his agenda, saying the United States would work with nations elsewhere in the world.
“I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of piracy in that region and, to achieve that goal, we’re going to have to continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks,” he said at a Washington news conference."We're deeply concerned and we're following it very closely," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday. "More generally, the world must come together to end the scourge of piracy."
How even more opportune ... US warships off India.an area roughly as long as the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, pirate crews have successfully held commercial ships hostage for days or weeks until they are ransomed. In the past week, pressured by naval actions off Somalia, the pirates have shifted their operations farther out into the Indian Ocean, expanding the crisis.
Somalia sits beautifully across the Gulf of Aden from the Oil Centre of the Universe. With all that coastline, Obama will be the acceptable Black face to launch a new imperialist war in Africa.
I don't believe for a minute that cargo ships couldn't have loudspeakers and armed security on board their ships to warn off approaching boats. "Get away from our ship or we'll open fire".
My deduction is that CIA operatives or similar have gone into Somalia and paid off known criminals with weapons, drugs and money to go for bigger prey way beyond their normal capability.
This piracy has all the hallmarks of another Gulf of Tonkin. A pretext for an Obama invasion on African soil.