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  •  If the piracy was directed solely at vessels (1+ / 0-)
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    supported by multinationals with whom the Somalis have attempted negotiations related to dumping or fishing, then there may be a sociopolitical rationale here.

    But, these hijackings and kidnappings do not appear to emanate uniquely from that based assumption, nor are the vessels/people all associated with commercial enterprises.  They are taking oil, various goods, pleasure craft and the like.

    There are questions of how much of these spoils are going to impoverished people vs. some warlords who may be involved with coordination and backing of these attacks.

    I see more than a simply cause-and-effect reactionary stance happening.  Somalia is a country in turmoil and filled with lawless areas - the piracy we've been seeing emanate from that region over the past seven or so years has many causes and motivations.

    Fine diary to keep minds open and informed, but far from a unique view on the pirate's motivations, I'm afraid.

    Wikipedia actually has decent references to offer.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 09:21:45 AM PDT

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