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Puntland fishermen - we think!
Puntland has been famous and had the same name since the days of the Pharaohs - today it is infamous for its pirates.  However there is a solution at least according to Dr. Mohamed Farah Aadan, the Minister responsible for Fishing in Puntland.  We quote him:

"We know that pirate activities in the region have caused fear among local fishermen, so we need to help them.  We will issue them uniforms and ID cards.  First we will register all local fishermen in Puntland.  We have already begun in Bosaso and all coastal lands in Bari region.  We will inform our coast guards and international warships that there will be a clear difference between the pirates and fishermen."

Is it only NAUTICAL LOG or has just about everybody lost their collective minds about dealing with the Horn of Africa piracy.  This gentleman clearly has absolutely no grasp of the overall picture.  The pirates can just dress in those uniforms and cause even more confusion when they approach a vessel to hijack.  Once again this idea shows the necessity of extreme prejudice response to this ever growing situation.  Most likely the pirates have already registered as "fishermen" and been issued one of Minister Aadan's ID cards - so international forces can pretty much discount those already.  As to the Puntland "coast guards" they largely consist of the pirates themselves or so we have been told.

What a load of nonsense - an absolute idioctic response in a country with no effective government, wide spread hunger and a refugee problem.  

Good Watch

Held captive by these Puntland pirates are some 400 of our fellow seafarers off  the coast of Somalia.  With thinking like that quoted above not much hope of  their release exists.  Unfortunately armed response with extreme prejudice to the issue is now the only really effective solution.


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