Wow, that is kind of crazy.
And not that I am condoning the behavior at all, but that was really friggen ballsy on the pirate's part.
NAIROBI – Somali pirates freed a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks and other heavy weapons Thursday after receiving a $3.2 million ransom. The U.S. Navy watched the pirates go but didn't act because the pirates still hold almost 150 people from other crews hostage.
The seizure of the MV Faina was one of the most brazen in a surge of pirate attacks on shipping off the Somali coast. Vessels from the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet quickly surrounded it after it was seized in September, to make sure the cargo did not get into the hands of Somali insurgent groups believed to have links to al-Qaida.
U.S. seamen were inspecting the pirates' departing boats to make sure they weren't taking weapons from the Faina's cargo, Mikhail Voitenko, a spokesman for the ship's owners, said Thursday.
But the Navy was not taking action against the pirates because it did not want members of other crews still in captivity to be harmed, said Cmdr. Jane Campbell, a spokeswoman for the 5th Fleet in Bahrain.
Didn't Saudi Arabia pay the pirates some moola to release one of their oil tankers last month?
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We don't negotiate with terrorists!
Oh, wait... what? You're pirates? Oh, well shit, have several million dollars. Sorry!
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All we need now is a ninja epidemic and we've got ourselves a kick-ass comic concept.
If I had a boat that was in a high pirating area I think I would install some defensive measures like 50 cal., high pressure water cannons, or a band of ninjas.