The Huffington Post has had a couple of posts up making excuses for Somali piracy. Really. The latest is a guest-post by a Somali-Canadian named K'nann: "Why We Don't Condemn Our Pirates" It's interesting that despite being a Canadian, this individual still apparently identifies with Somali pirates. Here's the basic argument.
Western ships have been "stealing" fish from off the coast of Somalia. And an Italian firm made an agreement with a Somali warlord to dump toxic waste in Somalia waters. Somalis got fed up and responded with piracy.
our pirates were the only deterrent we had from an externally imposed environmental disaster. No one can say for sure that some of the ships they are now holding for ransom were not involved in illegal activity in our waters.
That's real convincing, isn't it? These pirates are just protecting Somali waters by grabbing every merchant ship they can get their hands on and holding them for millions in ransom. They are just another type of environmental activist. No doubt they'll put that ransom money to good use cleaning up the coastline, in between murdering each other and engaging in more piracy.
What about the fact that Somalia is a chaotic hellhole unable to govern itself? That's all the west's fault of course. Why are Somali warlords making deals with foreign firms to dump toxic waste offshore? I guess that's the west's fault too. It's a good thing these articles are appearing in left-wing outlets like the Huffington Post. If anything can possibly be blamed on the west, particularly on the U.S., you know they'll be all over it, no matter how ludicrous the argument. Where else will you find sympathizers with a class of criminals traditionally defined as enemies of humanity?