Sunday, January 11, 2009

But I Don’t Own a Tiny Violin

Written By D.

I cannot believe the sympathy employed in this AP article regarding the poor pirates who drowned off Somalia when their boat capsized while trying to speed to shore with their booty of $3 million;

The poor, poor pirates drowned and there is a search on for their bodies. These poor, poor pirates can’t make a living in their poor, poor, poor country so they turn to piracy on the high seas.

This part was especially touching; (my emphasis added)

“Abukar Haji, uncle of one of the dead pirates, blamed the naval surveillance for the accident that killed his pirate nephew Saturday.

"The boat the pirates were traveling in capsized because it was running at high speed because the pirates were afraid of an attack from the warships patrolling around," he said.

"There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is
that we don't still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still
missing and one washed up on the shore."

Pirate Daud Nure said three of the eight passengers had managed to swim to shore after the boat overturned in rough seas. He was not part of the pirate operation but knew those involved.

"Here in Haradhere the news is grim, relatives are looking for their dead," he said.”

Yea, and I strongly suspect that while looking for the bodies, they are also looking for the booty.

Armed pirates and their illegal activities are the poor, poor victims and the bad guys are naval surveillance? That's kinda twisted.

I don’t own a tiny violin, so how else can I express myself about these pirates? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!

Piracy is not the answer to Somalia’s problems.

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