Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Major Oops by Somali Pirates

They have commandeered a Iranian ship, the Iran Deyanat, and were holding it,along with its crew and cargo, for ransom. They now have a bit of a problem.

No Iran did not send a crack commando unit to retrieve the ship, though the pirates would have probably preferred that to what did happen.

The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates - 50 onboard and 50 onshore. Within days, pirates who had boarded the ship developed strange health complications, skin burns and loss of hair. Independent sources tell The Long War Journal that a number of pirates have also died. "Yes, some of them have died. I do not know exactly how many but the information that I am getting is that some of them have died," Andrew Mwangura, Director of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program, said Friday when reached by phone in Mombasa.

I must now ask, what is on that ship that would cause such a reaction in the pirates? Does that sound like some sort of chemical or radiation poisoning to you? While the ship was supposedly carrying iron ore and "industrial materials" to Rotterdam, it's pretty clear that there is something else on that ship.

The pirates don't know what it is because they have been unable to open the cargo containers.

There are a couple of possibilities. The most suspected is that it was taking weapons in Eritrea against a UN sanction. It could have also been something intended for terrorists in Europe as the ship was headed toward Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

I for one would like to know what it is. The American Intelligence agencies also want to know. They have supposedly offered a bribe to the pirates to inspect the cargo. Under the circumstances I think that would an advisable thing to do.

It would be a major bit of irony if a terrorist plot was ended by a group of Islamic pirates who had no idea of what they were doing.


Blogger Gayle said...

Well, when people start losing their hair, suffering from skin problems and then dying, my guess is radiation poisoning. I'm sure the American intelligence agencies wanting to inspect the cargo will be very, very careful!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous USpace said...

Being Muslims, they must be peaceful pirates at least. These Somali Buccaneer monkeys are out of control. They go out for weeks in little rickety boats with just weapons and water and eat raw fish they catch and keep hijacking bigger then bigger, then bigger boats.

These terrorist monkeys must be exterminated with extreme prejudice. Sending several drones into their camps when they're fat and happy celebrating their new money should do the trick.

Lots of great Pirate coverage over at Dinah Lord:
Somalian Gov't Charges Pirate Negotiator Andrew Mwangura
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
don't exterminate pirates

seizing ships for ransom
everybody gets rich

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
let pirates operate

you will get cut of ransom
and maybe some weapons too

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