Pirates in the English Channel!
We continue to ignore the threats of piracy to our peril, as they continue their expansion into the world’s oceans. From the Telegraph we learn:
An international maritime search was under way for the Maltese-registered Arctic Sea and its 15-strong Russian crew. They have not been heard from since communicating with British Coastguards as it prepared to enter the Strait of Dover from the North Sea at 1.52pm on July 28. There are fears that the 3,988-tonne ship, carrying about £1 million worth of sawn timber from Finland to Algeria, was under the control of pirates when contact was made with the British Coastguards.
It would be the first time a ship in the Channel has been taken hostage in modern times.
The threat from Piracy is the vital shot in the arm needed by the post-Cold War Navy, to give it a mission and a more active role in our ongoing wars. After all, contending with such a scourge originally defined our infant fighting fleet early in its existence. But the specific reason should be to stem the tide of law-breaking and maintaining freedom of the seas. Otherwise they can only get stronger, as William Lind points out:
Piracy is only the barometer; the storm will be something else. That storm is coming, and soon, as Brave New World’s promise of unending material wealth in return for acceptance of an administered life proves a lie. By the time the storm is over, the elites who fear to hang pirates will be facing far more immediate and deadly dangers themselves.