Well, if the attempt to stop Somali pirating wasn’t so potentially risky and intrinsically convoluted, it might even be funny. (Did Gilbert and Sullivan touch on this? Nah…)
Problem one – Conflict within the ranks of the crowd that’s supposed to stop the piracy: Right now there are 18 countries trying to stop the Somali pirates that plunder the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. Those countries are:
- Saudi Arabia
Of those 18 countries, it’s no great secret that several aren’t exactly crazy about each other. Just consider the U.S.’ hassles with Iran, China, and Russia.
Problem two – Each of the 18 countries has a different approach as to how to handle those pirates. It’s probably a pretty safe bet that China or Saudi Arabia would be a bit less dainty than Germany was when they caught a few of the bad guys…
The German government in Berlin later ordered the Somali pirates released because they were not caught while harassing German interests, according to BBC.
The very bottom line is that there are some nasty people off the coast of Somalia and beyond, and a squabbling, cantankerous, hodge-podge posse trying to rein them in. Let’s just hope that the world hasn’t inadvertently constituted a gang that couldn’t shoot straight.