The Maersk Alabama was attacked by Somali pirates again, to be repulsed by an on-board protection crew, and a few weeks ago pirates attacked a ship a thousand miles off the coast, far beyond their usual range, a case of Darwinian adaptation. Naval vessels and reconnaissance drones of many nations now patrol inshore, forcing the pirates to go farther afield than before. But the question remains, how do the pirates stay in business in light of constant patrols? The answer seems to be that some ship-owners are paying ransom money to the pirates to leave their ships alone. All well and good for those who pay, but what of those who don’t pay, whose crews are held captive for months or years? What happens to the mostly third world crews if they are not ransomed? Piracy is the national economy of Somalia, and the present quiet period cannot last. There will be a spike in piracy any time now, and you can bet the United States will be called on to end it once and for all.
The world turns counter-clockwise when it’s viewed from outer blue
But only if you’re looking at North Pole
When viewed above the South Pole spinning clockwise is the view
So how can spacey travelers judge the whole?
You see how difficult it is to get someone to see
That pulling teeth is not the way to go
When that someone has interest in the way it ought to be
And pirates in their boardrooms run the show
The same with little people in their countries far and wide
They scream and holler that we’re never right
And yet they’re much content to go along just for the ride
As long as Uncle Sam provides the might
Do pirates in the boardroom pay the pirates far at sea
To leave their ships alone, a quid pro quo?
Of course they do, for it is only business by the fee
And we’re all in the business don’t you know
So yes one day we’ll clean the grinning pirates from their lairs
And set the captives free to ply their trade
But don’t expect our allies then to stand up on their chairs
And give our guys a great big accolade