Pirates? Seriously?

I assume you heard about the Saudi oil tanker that was hijacked by Somalian pirates? Doesn’t that sound like the punchline to a joke? Is it frickin’ 1460? Why the heck do we still have pirates in 2008?

HA. As I’m writing this and listening to Rush Limbaugh, he just started talking about it…

ANYHOW, one of my biggest questions is, since when does Somalia even have BOATS? Last I heard, they can’t even have food! Did they swim out and throw rocks at the tanker?

And how much of a wuss is the captain of the supertanker that he allowed himself to be a modern-day victim of a 15th century crime?! Couldn’t he just throw some rocks back at the pirates and sink their rowboats?

The Brits had the whole pirate thing figured out 500 years ago. If we think you remotely look like a pirate, we sink you. That basic strategy worked quite well.

The thing that’s bad is, no one is going to do anything about it unless it’s the US. Saudi Arabia doesn’t have a Navy – not exactly a top priority for a country made entirely of sand. Since the tanker full of oil hadn’t arrived where it was going, the oil still belonged to Saudi Arabia, so the recipient isn’t likely to do anything about it. China and Russia are probably happy about it. So, once again, the only country with any cajones will likely end up being us. It’s just a good thing this didn’t happen AFTER inauguration day.

  3 comments for “Pirates? Seriously?

  1. HRT
    November 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Pirates?!? Like Aaargh? Would somebody please lend the Saudi’s some cannons or at least a few barrels of rum.

  2. livieloo
    November 19, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Don’t they have guns on board? Do they not know how to use them?

  3. Keith
    November 20, 2008 at 9:34 am

    No, they have no guns. And their crew consists of 25 people on a ship bigger than Arrowhead. It isn’t real hard to sneak aboard under those conditions.

    Piracy is a large problem worldwide, mostly off the coasts of southern Asia and parts of Africa.

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