Somali Pirates Make Hijacking Videos

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This home video obtained by Danger Room isn't from the recent cargo ship hijacking involving U.S. sea Capt. Richard Phillips, but it does give you some rare insight into how these rebels operate.

The video takes place aboard the Yasa Neslihan—a Turkish vessel captured by Somali pirates in October. In that situation, the crew was released after a ransom was paid. Apparently, this sort of thing is common:

"There are many videos like this," the source told Wired magazine contributing editor Scott Carney, who obtained the video. "They make this video before they collect the ransom and leave the ship."

"They make videos to show the owners that they have the ship and that it is still intact," he said. "The pirates are normally very well networked."


Click to viewIn contrast to their recent skirmish with the U.S. Navy, it appears from the video that a hijacking can be a semi-chill affair. Hostages are seen walking around unrestrained and the Somalis are even using the opportunity to kick out the jams. [Danger Room]

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The solution is not that hard, but it will require international cooperation. Convoys. Just like WWII. When America entered WWII they tried sending their ships across the Atlantic by themselves where they were picked off by the wolf packs. After a while, they joined the British and Canadian convoys, which were fleets of merchant ships escorted by warships.

Two warships would be enough to escort any number of tankers and other merchant ships. It will be expensive, but cheaper than paying ransom.

The long term solution is to help Somalia become a stable country. There was a functioning government, but since it was Islamic, America attacked and destabilized it.