Saturday, October 11, 2008

More From the Pirates of Aden

The pirates of Aden struck again yesterday. The Associated Press is reporting the hijacking of a Greek chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia. This is the 69th attack by Somali pirates this year.

The most critical of these attacks, by another band of sea wolves, has moved to the Indian Ocean and is now in its 16th day. Surrounded by warships and holding out for millions in ransom the Somali pirates aboard the Ukrainian ship Faina are now threatening to attack. "We held a consultative meeting for more than three hours today and decided to blow up the ship and its cargo — us included — if the ship owners did not meet our ransom demand," declared Sugule Ali, the group's spokesman.