Warships from 10 countries are joining together to take on some of the world's most dangerous, and successful, pirates. (Can you say "arrrrrrrr" in 10 languages?) Not even the presence of US military vessels is enough to prevent these hijackers from seizing commerce ships, grabbing booting, and demanding ransoms.
Since 250 international ships use the pirate-infested waters to move goods each day, the world's trading powers worry that it could be too expensive to conduct business. The pirates also pose a threat of increased terrorism, as they use their proceeds, as much as $30 million this year, to fund more crime and extremist groups.
But officials in Somalia, which has a weak central government, have little faith in the flotilla. To see who they might hire to fight the pirates,
An adviser to the Somalian president said: "I don't think they will succeed in their attempt to scare away pirates, Bringing warships will not solve the problem unless they cooperate with local administrations affected by the scourge." Well guess who the Somalia government is thinking of bringing in? Mercenaries. And the paid-fighters from none other than Blackwater, the company at the center of scandals in Iraq, have volunteered to do the job.