One man’s “pirate” is another man’s “coastguard”…
In a new twist on the old “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom-fighter” debate, it seems that the Somali pirates like to see themselves as taking revenge on the fact that illegal fishing trawlers took away the means for local men to earn an honest living.
On the other hand, some people are just dishonest by nature and will look for any excuse to earn a fast dollar – whether its legal or not. And in a lawless, broken, desperate, “failed state” like Somalia; who’s going to stop them – and prevent them from starting again?
Anyways, its another example of how much more multi-dimensional (or asymmetric) the nature of “low intensity” warfare has become these days. This is a very interesting and enlightening article on the BBC’s website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7650415.stm
This article highlights the difficult Rules-of-Engagement dilemna facing anti-piracy operations: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7683678.stm