Pentagon urges 'holistic' approach to piracy

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Pentagon said Wednesday a military approach was not the answer to a surge of piracy off the Horn of Africa and suggested that shipping companies do more on their own to protect their vessels.

“You could have all the navies in the world having all their ships out there, you know, it’s not going to ever solve this problem,” said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary.

“It requires a holistic approach from the international community at sea, ashore, with governance, with economic development,” he told reporters.

Piracy, like crime and terrorism, is an opportunistic infection. It doesn’t cause a problem in a healthy host, but when the system is weakened by overwhelming and chronic wimpiness, this presents an opportunity for the pathogen to infect.

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3 Responses to Pentagon urges 'holistic' approach to piracy

  1. Dave J says:

    ““You could have all the navies in the world having all their ships out there, you know, it’s not going to ever solve this problem,” said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary. ”

    Oh please. The solution for modern piracy is the same solution that finally stamped it down in the 18th century: to execute as many pirates as possible as examples to all the others. Unlike ideological terrorists, these people are practical and a major change in the cost-benefit analysis (like pirates hanging from the nearest yardarm) will change their behavior.

  2. Mary says:

    Pirates are just terrorists who never read Marx or the Koran. They’re not well-educated enough to believe (or to hide behind) established idiotic theories, but their motives are the same. They want money, power, respect, and they do what they do because they can get away with it. Hanging the lot of them (the pirates and the Islamist militias) would solve a lot of problems.

  3. Anh says:

    Send in cruiser into every port that have ship and burn it down, from a row boat to rubber duckies. If it float and don’t answer call for inspection sink it. Do it till the entire coast of Africa starve off, problem solve. Nice and clean.

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