Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Finally, "Terrorism" in the London Times

But not what you think.


The Saudi Royal Family condemned Somali pirates as terrorists today after losing $100 million worth of oil in an audacious heist that saw bandits seize a supertanker in the Arabian Sea.

The Sirius Star, which was carrying two million barrels of oil, a quarter of the Kingdom's daily output, was captured with its multi-national crew, including two Britons, 450 miles off the coast of Kenya on Sunday.

The hijack was the biggest ever act of piracy in the perilous shipping lanes off the east coast of Africa. Vela International, the ship’s owners, said today that the crew were safe and that their response team was awaiting further contact with the gang.

The furious Saudi foreign minister said the banditry was akin to terrorism and demanded an international crackdown on the pirates.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal said: “Piracy, like terrorism, is a disease which is against everybody, and everybody must address it together...

And ask yourselves, if these countries can't handle a dozen pirates, what can we expect against Iran going nuclear?


Gail said...

I think they need to go through the United Nations and get a multi-national coalition to help them resolve this situation diplomatically.

We must not interfere with local tribal customs like spreading the wealth around via pan-oceanic integration. We must respect them.

Best regards,
Gail S

YMedad said...

Remember "from the shores of Tripoli"? The Barbary Pirates of 1815?