Someone from the Defense Department said that the Captain of the Maersk Alabama seems to be on a lifeboat, with four pirates.
I sincerely hope that the captain gets back to civilization safely.
Civilized Places, Not-So-Civilized Places, and SomaliaUsing the word "civilization" in that context sounds terribly intolerant, biased, judgmental, and all that: But I'm not in college any more, and don't have to use newspeak any more. I can acknowledge that there are civilized places in the world, where there are laws that conform, to some extent, to international standards: and that Somalia isn't one of those places.
I'm not criticizing Somalis, or their culture: but let's be realistic. In practical terms, although they've got a president there isn't a Somali government, and the territory's a mess. Also a home to pirates.
Let's be Open Minded, Not Empty Headed"Don't be so open-minded that your brain falls out" is a phrase I ran across decades ago: and it's as apropos now as it was then. 'Knee jerk' anything is a problem: whether it's 'real Americans' who think those foreigners should go back where they came from; or people who think that some foreigners are right because they're not westerners.
American isn't always right: but it isn't always wrong, either.
"American Authorities to Somali Pirates: 'We Want to Talk - "
(April 9, 2009)
- "Sounds of Silence: 2009"
(March 31, 2009)
- "The West and Today's Somali President: The Enemy of Your Enemy is Your Friend?"
(March 19, 2009)
- "Al Shabaab May Be Running Somalia Now: Just What We Need"
(January 26, 2009)
- "America to Unilaterally Attack Somalia!"
(January 8, 2009)
- "Guinea, Military Rule, and Terrorism: Beware Hasty Judgment"
(December 29, 2008)
- "For young Somalis, piracy offers power, prosperity"
The Associated Press (April 8, 2009)
- "US captain held hostage by pirates as crew regain ship "
telegraph.co.uk (April 8, 2009)
- "Drama as US crew recapture vessel"
BBC (April 8, 2009)
- "U.S. Crew Regain Control of Hijacked Ship as Pirates Hold Captain"
FOXNews (April 8, 2009)