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Pirates and Armed Guards

There’s long been a drumbeat in the popular media asking why someone wasn’t doing something about the problem of piracy.  Now that some people ARE starting to do something, there seems to be the inevitable second guessing. “But what if they’re not pirates, but innocent fishermen?”

Here’s a clue. If they’re speeding toward your ship armed to the teeth, they’re probably pirates. If they’re running away, they’re likely fishermen.

Problem solved.

Here’s an interesting recent video from CBS News Nightline on the subject.

6 Responses to Pirates and Armed Guards

  • Tom Abbott says:

    You know Bob, ABC, CBS whatever. I am tired of the mamby pamby MSM whining about these pirates. They turn themselves towards ships to occupy them, they deserve what they get. If it takes private security, so be it. Lord knows our government isn’t doing much about the problem and there is no excuse for these dirtbags thinking that they can get away with whatever they want.
    I am sick and tired of all of the contrition expressed by some of these networks when innocent people are being captured, killed and harmed by these pirates.
    Sorry to be so vociferous about this but sometimes you just have to say what you have to say.

    • R.E. McDermott says:

      Well, you read Deadly Coast so I think you can figure out how I feel about it. I don’t doubt that some among the private security forces might be overly aggressive, but their targets still have to be within range. I seriously doubt any merchant captain is changing course toward a suspected pirate vessel. In the current environment in the pirate infested areas, I think it’s a reasonable assumption that any small craft approaching a merchant ship be considered hostile until proven otherwise. These skiffs (pirate or fishermen) are much faster than most merchant ships and can easily avoid getting too close.

  • Steve says:

    Well written, with an interesting story line. Too bad the bleeding hearts are so “mamby pamby” about the treatment of the pirates. I say that since everyone is going to die, some should just die sooner rather than later so that the rest of us can die in peace later.

    Meanwhile, I am looking forward to more evidence of your fertile imagination as presented in your great writing skills.

    • R.E. McDermott says:


      Thanks for both your readership and comment. I’m pleased to say that after several years of rather confused response, the shipping companies and world navies started getting their arms around the Somali pirate problem a year or so ago, and it’s no longer nearly as bad as it was. However, and unfortunately, it seems to be getting worse in West Africa, with an entirely different business model. Much of the piracy in West Africa takes place within the territorial waters of various African states, which makes it MUCH more difficult for international action of any kind.

  • Doug frizzell says:

    The Marine Corp Hymn says it all. We took care of the pirates in Tripoli maybe we should take care of the pirates of Somalia and East Africa.

    • R.E. McDermott says:

      Doug. I couldn’t agree more. Fortunately Somalia seems pretty much under control the last year or so, but West Africa (Nigeria and surrounding area) is taking it’s place.

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