Posts Tagged ‘pirates’

Obama’s message to the Somali pirates.

April 10, 2009

Our deliberate and somber Commander-In-Chief has broken his silence regarding the pirate attack, delivering a forceful message of resolute determination. Captives take heart!

Obviously, this incident has raised many concerns among Americans. There have been calls for justice and even violence against the misguided perpetrators. But such an emotional reaction has led to the disparagement of entire groups with which we are unfamiliar. We have seen this throughout history.

For too long, America has been too dismissive of the proud culture and invaluable contributions of the Pirate Community. Whether it is their pioneering work with prosthetics, husbandry of tropical birds or fanciful fashion sense, America owes a deep debt to Pirates.

The past eight years have shown a failure to appreciate the historic role of these noble seafarers. Instead of celebrating their entreprenuerial spirit and seeking to partner with them to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.

Oh.

Wanna-be pirates take a swim.

April 8, 2009

I’m sure everyone’s read about the container ship Maersk Alabama being taken over by Somali pirates then repossessed by her crew of 21 fine Americans. But have you heard this…

Late Wednesday morning, military sources told CBS News that the crew has regained control of the vessel by overpowering the pirates, taking one pirate into custody and throwing three overboard.

Unnamed US defence officials said one pirate had been captured by the crew of the Danish-owned Maersk Alabama, which was seized earlier in the Indian Ocean.

The status of the other pirates was unknown, but officials said they were “in the water”.

Owned.