The trouble with pirates: Part 2

This week, Need to Know brings you a story you won’t see anywhere else: a rare close-up view behind the headlines from Somalia. On Sunday, a British couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, who had been held captive by Somali pirates for more than a year, were released. On last week’s show, we brought you a dramatic and ultimately tragic story of a French family taken hostage by Somali pirates. It was part of the documentary “The Trouble with Pirates.”

Somali pirates continue to hold more than 500 hostages from more than 20 ships, mostly commercial vessels. And it’s big business for the pirates, who demand — and get — millions in ransom.  But the piracy problem started out much more modestly, and you might be surprised to learn it has roots in the fishing industry, as you’ll see in our concluding installment of the film, The Trouble With Pirates.

 
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  • mspants

    Your attempt to justify piracy by trying to elicit our sympathy for the economic plight of the Somali
    populace is silly. The only thing we should require of the Somali’s is that they should all
    die. The major powers spend trillions on miitary hardware Use it on the pirates.

    A weekly B-52 strike will do more to end piracy and will be more cost effective than
    paying ever escalating ransoms totalling 10′s of millions.Several hundred thousand dead Somalis
    wiill have a definite deterrant effect on piracy.

    Nothing can improve the lives of Somalis
    There are far too many of them and they cant be supported by the marginal agricultural
    landscape of the region. The unsustainable population growth was the result of years of misguided
    NGO’s aid which only has resulted in the current resort to piracy as a means to support
    the artificial population increase. Its a typical example of no good deed going unpunished,

    Threatening the developed world with further more dire attacks in the name of redistibution
    will eventually result in a drastic response that the Somalis will not like

  • mspants

    Your attempt to justify piracy by trying to elicit our sympathy for the economic plight of the Somali
    populace is silly. The only thing we should require of the Somali’s is that they should all
    die. The major powers spend trillions on miitary hardware Use it on the pirates.

    A weekly B-52 strike will do more to end piracy and will be more cost effective than
    paying ever escalating ransoms totalling 10′s of millions.Several hundred thousand dead Somalis
    wiill have a definite deterrant effect on piracy.

    Nothing can improve the lives of Somalis
    There are far too many of them and they cant be supported by the marginal agricultural
    landscape of the region. The unsustainable population growth was the result of years of misguided
    NGO’s aid which only has resulted in the current resort to piracy as a means to support
    the artificial population increase. Its a typical example of no good deed going unpunished,

    Threatening the developed world with further more dire attacks in the name of redistibution
    will eventually result in a drastic response that the Somalis will not like

  • Shia

    We should all just quit living since the world cant support our population, problem solved.

  • Shia

    We should all just quit living since the world cant support our population, problem solved.

  • CB

    It’s a surprise that with that twinning attitude, you aren’t the one writing this story, or providing some government/non-governmental (even military) remedy. Somehow, you’re just alone in a room, venting into the abyss of cyberspace. Real shocker…

  • Truth36

    you sound like a true racist. you obviously conveniently ignore the centuries of european/western invasion, colonialism, theft, and exploitation committed in Africa just like in the western hemisphere, land of the indigenous. what you call “developed” is barbarism, terrorism and genocide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/funPaul Paul Grimsrud

    The conclusion that helping people just causes them to increase their population negates the value of human life. Why did we help the citizens of New Orleans, they are just multiplying, they will need more help. Unless you believe in survival of the fittest and think the weak should die, for example people who need expensive medical care. And of course there is more than a hint of racism “they should all die”

  • Mark

    The stories of pirates off the Somali coast is always a good news item, lots of sympathy all around, but no one seems to be solving the problem. In World War II, German U boats were the threat and convoys and Q ships were the answers. Doesn’t anybody remember history? is it a problem of leadership or just commercial carriers accepting the risk? We seem to be getting dumber every day.

  • Guest 5

    The acts of the Somali pirates are indefensible for any reason as is kidnapping associated with it. Governments had repeatedly said we do not negotiate with terrorists or Pirates, and probably stick by that but when a shipping company is faced with a say 200m replacement cost or oil Tanker $bns a few million $ is commercial sense for the businesses but simply exacerbates the problem. Sorry they should be told
    a) No more ransom payments and release all hostages effective x date.
    b) No more piracy from the same date.
    c) Failure to comply will result in a limited targeted and unspecified declaration of war on the pirates. after a maximum of 8 weeks.
    Perhaps the plan would take a few aircraft carriers several battleships loads of cruisers and lots of helicopters with hell fire guns on board.
    What for?
    1) You cripple any major port.
    2) You take out along the coast any and all small boats, fishing vessels left as much alone as possible but told to assemble as part of b) above in certain ports /harbours. If not they risk being destroyed.
    3) After that fishing fleets require an escort to pre designated point and all must have a tracking device on, if its removed or stops transmitting that boat will be destroyed
    4) a continuing search and destroy by special forces of small boats and arms caches.
    5) ships going thru her must in future have a safe room and shutdown capabilities and at least 2-4 security guards properly trained and armed.
    Then withdraw, and no international aid until the rebels or government agree to stop a recurrence of piracy. People will suffer, but so is international shipping and crews who did nothing to harm Somalians.
    Aid is given to those in need who behave responsibly, not as a reward for breaking laws internationally respected. Aid is a charitable reward for those in need,not a right and a nation effectively supporting pirates/kidnapping does not fall into that category.
    Regards,
    Guest 5

  • Agoodbrain

    I’m on the side of the indigenous people in Ecaudor and the public against fracking if these chemicals are found in their wells and many other things, but my solution to the pirates is to go in there and blow that fucking Somalia off the fucking map!! How dare those backward pieces of crap attack anybody’s ship. I think I’ll acquire a large boat get some people together who know how to handle weapons, get some rifles machine guns, high caliber guns, rifle grenades, and go over there and when any small boats approach my vessel I’ll open fire with no warning whatsoever. Hey, if they can’t compete in the modern World that’s their tuff luck and maybe they really shouldn’t be surviving. However, I’m not in favor of large factory fishing ships either; I think they turn the bottom of the ocean into a wasteland with their nets.

  • Anonymous

    “If you don’t share your stability and economic success with the poor, the poor will share their instability and poverty with you” – Well said Mr. Omaru Sisay.

  • Agoodbrain

    Who’s in control here the nations of the World who can provide for themselves or a bunch of ragtag losers? One thing that could be done is send a destroyer up and down their coast and blow every one of their boats out of the water that ventures 50 miles offshore. Why should anyone cower on fear of a bunch of criminals?

  • John

    Has anyone thought of arming the ships and perhaps employing mercenaries to guard them while going through these waters?
    During the hey-dey of piracy in the 18th century many merchant ships were armed and successfully fought off pirates – but it was the combined navies and general agreement of most countries that wiped out the threat altogether.
    Where is the British Navy these days? They did the most to eliminate the pirates of old.

  • Cthrn_gao

    So many people talk about the need to kill everyone in Somalia, yet they are just trying to support their families in the only way they can. What would you do if you were in their shoes, with your job paying you $0 and a hungry family at home because big fishing boats have taken all the fish? Even though what they do is illegal (and I do not support piracy, either, I just disagree with the way we react to it), they are humans as well. How would you feel if you heard people plotting to kill you? Remember, the Somali pirates didn’t kill hostages, they just guarded them.