The Jihad Goes to the Sea
Piracy is increasing even as terrorism on land subsides. The Navies of the West with their magnificent fleet of missiles battleships and supercarriers seem uncertain on how to handle this most minor of threats on the high seas. Galrahn reveals:
Bottom line, coalition naval forces aren’t able to aid victims and nobody is stepping up to stop it. often with coalition warships passing right next to hijacked ships. There is no political will in the west to stop piracy, and the rules of engagement are so restrictive that even when pirates are identified at sea, coalition forces simply scare them away.
We have not seen any evidence that Somalian pirates are linked to global jihad movements, however we do note that if things continue without action on the part of coalition Navies, the jihad will soon be able to go to sea, and that can lead to serious trouble.
Somehow the mighty Western navies see anti-piracy as beneath them, which is remarkable since in years past they collectively managed to handle outbreaks quite well. We often forget that the vaunted Golden Age of Piracy in the early 1700s was short lived when the Royal Navy got involved to stamp it out. Later the Barbary Pirates were easily suppressed after America and Britain finished fighting one another in the War of 1812.
I think if the US and her allies can humble themselves a while, they could easily end this scourge while it is mostly contained in the Western Indian Ocean. Taking the counter-insurgency lesson learned after much trial and error on land and applying it to the sea, the Navy might just find a renewed mission and favor with the public, which it has been desperately seeking since the Cold War.
Iran strives to free hijacked sailors – Xinhua
Pirates fail to hijack Japanese ship off Somalia – International Herald Tribune
New call for action on Somali piracy – Lloyd’s List
Pirates seize Malaysian tanker off Somalia’s coast – The Associated Press