Somali pirates – More of the same or a New Way Ahead

Despite the dramatic increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden to pay the total costs of the ransom of Western concerns of Somali pirates has lost little in comparison to the money from piracy in the Straits of Malacca by compromise . There is also a small percentage of the value of fish by foreign vessels are illegally poached in Somali waters.

I would offer the following explanation for why so much attentionHis focus on Somali pirates. Somalia has been recognized as one of the nations in which the emergence of a "radical" Islamic government is a potential threat to U.S. interests in the region. The possibility of direct American military action in Somalia is an increasingly real possibility, after the failure of the invasion by Ethiopian proxy force, which we funded in order to check the emergence of an Islamic government in this country. The Somali pirates who only come toProminence after the withdrawal of the Ethiopian army that ravaged community, provide a convenient picture for us to demonize.

A model for the demonization, destabilization, and the ill-fated invasion of third world countries is one that has been consistently used by America in order to demonstrate our determination to protect our national "interests." It is not a strategy that has limited the Muslims, as we can see demonstrated in the way we dealt with countries such as Grenada and Panama,non-Muslim nations, but were presented as a threat to our interests, for various reasons. It may also in our dealings with Venezuela in the presidency of Hugo Chavez to be seen. Although we did not invade his country, Chavez has been demonized, and various efforts to destabilize the country have been conducted, including an attempted coup.

This followed in the case of Grenada and Panama, the demonization of Maurice Bishop, and Manuel Noriega of our invasion of thisunhappy people. In the Muslim world, the demonization of Qaddafi before our bombing of Libya in 1986, the demonization of Saddam Hussein before the bombing and the invasion of Iraq in 1991, the demonization of bin Laden and the Taliban before our invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the re-demonization of Saddam Hussein before our reinvasion of Iraq in 2003. In Somalia, where there is no identifiable government there is no recognizable symbol of government, to be demonized. Hence,the strategic value of the Somali pirates who are in the Western media as a serious threat presented to the Western, especially American and maritime interests, and a terrible threat that must be eliminated.

The rise in small time Somali piracy is a direct result of big-time international piracy, which is occurring in the coastal waters of the impoverished African country. In the last few decades, through the chaos in Somalia and the lack of even the semblance of a modernSomaliland navy has been through two types of large international piracy: the victim of illegal fishing and illegal dumping of toxic waste. Both forms of piracy contributed to the impoverishment of Somalia.

In relation to illegal fishing, the Italian economist Loretta Napoleoni, reports that are an estimated 700 foreign vessels operating in the illegal fishing in Somali territorial waters. [1] This is a trend that is common off the coasts of poor African countries. In Somalia, theseShips depriving local fishermen tuna, lobsters, sharks, and shrimp. All of these are not only a potential source of protein for the impoverished Somalis, but also a potential source of desperately needed export income. It is estimated that poor countries in Africa, a group that belongs to Somalia, losing more than one billion U.S. dollars per year by fish piracy. The bulk of this money flows, however, Chinese pirates, illegal fishing in African waters dominate.

Global, fish piracy and illegal poachinghas such dangerous proportions that many species like the bluefin tuna, pot-belly seahorses, abalone and many others are reaching extinction. But we have not heard anything involved in the media or in government circles this question. The reasons for this is that the means against the sources of these abuses, the Chinese mafia, the triad and the Chinese government. Both are closely involved in piracy, the international fisheries devastation is concerned. But bothhave the necessary means to defend themselves, on many different levels, in a confrontation with the United States. Unfortunately, the Somalis have not. Just as the Iraqis, the Afghans who are in Grenada, the Libyans, and many other third world peoples and countries, the Somalis thwart scarce resources to military action from the United States.

The second form of piracy, which is almost exclusively benefits of Europe, the illegal dumping of toxic materials in the Somali coastal waters.Multinational corporations and governments are using pirate vessels illegally registered to cart away tons of toxic waste. Again, to quote Napoleoni:

Somalia, for example, receives regular tonnes and tonnes of electronic waste and radioactive waste from Europe. Taking advantage of the absence of the central government to dump their deadly cargoes pirates everywhere, especially along the coast. Shockingly, some of these wastes emerged after the tsunami of December 2005 [2].

Again, we hearnothing about this blatant criminal activities, which systematically poisoned the coast of Somalia. In the aftermath of the tsunami there were many reports of mysterious illnesses suffered, residents in coastal areas of Somalia. These diseases were the toxic elements that are washed ashore by the tidal wave attributed. Here too, there was virtually no media attention focused on this problem. Moreover, in the contemporary framework for our strategic thinking would be as theEpitome of stupidity pointed out that some of the U.S. Marine resources, currently being re-align after stopping the Somali pirates to the Somali coast of the imminent environmental disaster that focused on protection by the illegal dumping of toxic and carcinogenic substances in the Somali coastal waters. Commercial interests and strategic interests trump environmental concerns and interest.

We were able to Somalia as a testing ground for a new direction in our foreign policy. We have our NavyServices that allow end poaching and dumping in Somali territorial waters in exchange for a task of piracy. Enhanced control of the Somali fish harvest would contribute to an increase in revenue would be more than the income lost is compensated for a reduction or possible elimination of piracy. This approach, although it would still not fully succeed in winning hearts and minds of many Somalis, and strongly dampen the anti-American militancy, which isGripping the country.

Unfortunately, as long as we have a massive military infrastructure with a budget is essential to create enemies and encourage conflict, the weaker nations in the world not safe from the possibility of armed intervention when it is in action, or are home to movements which are considered contrary to our interests. Who to break that deal with this ever-recurring cycle of demonization, destabilization, and often invasion or bombinghas against the militarism that dominates the foreign policy of our country. We also have the Obama government pressure to begin laying the foundations for a new course in American foreign policy. If we fail it will be more and more levels of "blow-do" and she will handle it increasingly difficult to manage.

[1] Loretta Napoleoni, Rogue Economics: Capitalism's New Reality (New York, London: Seven Stories Press, 2008), 174-175.

[2] Napoleoni, 179

6. May2009


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