It was good to hear that the U.S. took strong and decisive action against the pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage, killing three, taking one prisoner, and releasing Phillips unharmed. Congratulations to the SEAL team involved, and to the administration. I may be wrong, but I'm assuming that such a rescue operation needed high-level authorization. If so, President Obama should be commended for having the leadership to make a difficult life & death decision, and for not paying the ransom.
The New York Times article linked above notes that pirates are still holding over 200 hostages. They also have a statement from a pirate saying that this action won't discourage them, and that they'll "take revenge" if they capture another American. This would be a great time for the U.S. to send some American-flagged Q-ships -- merchant-type vessels with concealed weapons and military crews -- into the area, in the hopes of enticing pirate attacks. That way we could kill them as they attack, and avoid the legalistic problems that are otherwise crippling anti-piracy operations. The Q-ship approach is probably the best option to counter these pirates, given that we & other nations are unwilling to carry out the type of punitive measures that might neutralize piracy in the region.