Sunday, November 30, 2008

What's needed to stop the Somali pirates

The level of piracy off the coast of Somalia is completely out of control, and no one seems to have a plan to stop it. There is really only one force that can stop these criminals in their tracks - an American aircraft carrier.

The problem is the distances involved. By the time an attack is underway, it takes too much time for naval ships or helicopters to reach the scene. Once the hijackers are on board, they've got the upper hand and it's too late. The only forces that could reach a hijacking in progress in time are supersonic jets from a carrier stationed in the area. They could sink any pirate ship or boat before the pirates can board their target.

The American navy should put a carrier off the Somali coast until pirates there learn some painful lessons.

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