Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Second US Vessel Avoids Pirate Attack

Another U.S.-registered food-aid cargo ship was attacked by Somalian pirates this morning. Despite being attacked by RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) and assault rifles, the Liberty Sun was able to escape from the pirates before boarding could take place. By the time a US Navy vessel arrived withiin site of the Liberty Sun, the pirates were already gone.

COMMENT: As we all know, after US Navy Seals killed three pirates that held Maersk Alabama captain (Richard Phillips) last week, pirates threatened to go after American vessels and crews with fervor. Today's attempted takeover demonstrates that the pirates are intent on taking another American ship in retaliation for the loss of their comrades. Given the real-time intelligence that the pirates have access to, it is essential that the U.S. move swiftly in combatting maritime piracy, as this challenge takes higher precedence to other governmental priorities.

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