Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Europe’s Piracy Solution

European Naval forces patrolling off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden have begun efforts to bomb land based piracy supply bases in an effort to curb piracy in the region as part of a EU  plan to deal with the crisis in Somalia.
 Piracy has been around for hundreds of years, so a few European Union bombs are not going to serve as much of a deterrent as long as Somalia continues to be a political basket-case with a weak government and little means of economic development.
Even though the EU among others has its’ own economic interests in keeping shipping lanes pirate free, its’ ultimately the responsibility of the Somali people themselves to deal with piracy.
As long as piracy is a profitable economic enterprise, than the greatest bombs and bullets are useless against the problem of piracy. Pirates are the most adaptable international criminals the world has ever known. Faced with this bombing threat, they’ll just move supplies further inland or out into the oceans.

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