Thursday, January 14, 2010
Piracy at a Six-Year High
There were 406 reported instances of piracy in 2009, compared to 293 in 2008. It looks like those "civilized" anti-piracy efforts have been real effective. Over the past year, 1052 crew members were held hostage, 68 injured and 8 killed. Catching and releasing pirates and pretending that they have legal rights just isn't anywhere near as effective as traditionally established anti-piracy techniques such as summary execution and destruction of safe havens. I know that's a big surprise.