Associated Press reports <Mar. 5, 2010 9:23 AM EST
Somali pirates, security personnel in 4 shootouts
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Swarms of Somali pirates are moving into the waters off East Africa, triggering four shootouts Friday...
The end of the monsoon season and the resulting calmer waters signal the beginning of the most dangerous period for ships traveling the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. Nearly half the 47 ships hijacked off Somalia last year were taken in March and April.
Cmdr. John Harbour of the European Union Naval Force said a spike in attacks was very likely in coming weeks. But this season, ship owners and sailors are more prepared to try to evade pirates, fight back, or have armed security onboard, raising the likelihood of violence.
"We know the monsoon is over. We know they're coming," Harbour said. "We're taking the fight to the pirates.">
Ships arming to fight pirates? What does this accomplish, other than to perpetuate the cycle of violence?
Instead of imitating the American Cowboy types, like those Navy Seal snipers, Europeans should take a lesson from American Universities and declare their ships as GUN-FREE ZONES. Problem solved.