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Somali pirates free 36 hostages after getting $3.3 million ransom

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Bad move. It shows pirates they can get away with this anytime.

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I guess crime does pay sometimes.

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Wow you guys have certainly opened pandoras box haven't you!!!! Now they will want ransoms everywhere and no Spanish ship will be safe ever again.

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I would have given them $3.3m in fake Zimababwe dollars and airbombed their getaway boat.

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If there was a spanish warship within range of that ship why the heck didn't they blow it to kingdom come after the hostages had been released?

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Yeah I agree. Why not blow them up after handing over the (fake) money and getting the hostages back?

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You'd think with sattelite tracking technology they could easily follow the ship and sink it after the hostages were safely off.

This may seem like a dumb move, but governments have got to be at least thinking along these lines. At the very least they should have the offending vessels tagged somehow. It's not like a hostage movie where the bad guys escape into a crowded city...

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abromofo:TheQuestion:bamboohat because there is other hostages remaining. They should just destroy any speedboats outside Somali territorial waters.

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So, the prime minister of Spain is in with the pirates. I see.

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because there is other hostages remaining

Unless I miss my guess or forgot how to read for a moment I believe the artical stated, "The trawler had been seized Oct 2 with 16 Spaniards, eight Indonesians and 12 crew from five African countries on board."

And unless my math is horribly wrong I believe that 16+8+12 = 36 which, oh my, is the exact same number of hostages that were released. So my question stands, after the hostages were released why the heck didn't that Spanish Warship blow the snot out of the pirate boat?

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Obviously pirates have been common things around places like Philippines, to other small countries/islands ONLY best they could do was steal the ship & hope to get money for the rusting hulk in their hands to the products.

Mind you once pirates from Somalia started to attacking Western World ships the money was so easy to obtain & yes though they claim not to fork out money to said pirates it is being done through hidden means unknowen to the media.

it seems ships witin reach of helping to those being attacked. Unfortunately their nation seems to have all these strange rules & regulations to their navy ships that are close to crippling them from said assistance or warding off the pirates.

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While I agree with the sentiment of using these pirates as a target for a live fire exercise (I would love to see a Phalanx System adapted for such a purpose), you have to remember that the pirates were not dumb enough to release all their hostages at the one time.

At the same time, however, I am rather taken by the idea of tracking the money, and then turning up with a helicopter load of special forces soldiers early one morning.

Finally, the attraction of money is that you have to be alive to be able to spend it. As such, perhaps the good guys are going about this the wrong way. Maybe they should seek vengeance in a couple of months time, once all the hostages have been released.

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I cant believe how simplistic people can be. One, foriegn governments cant just waltz into another countries waters and kill its civilians even if they are breaking the law, (apart from the USofA which does what it wants) imagine if china just sent troops into japan and started killing people for stealing chinese made bicycles! It's not up to another country to dictate what it sees as crimes punishable by death to another country. The fact that these crimes are happening at all is because the "western" world powers find it easier to use force than try to solve the problem at the root which is the corruption and anarchy in the countries economy and government. These "pirates" are trying to "capitalize" on the situation so if anyone who lives in a capitalist society thinks what they are doing is wrong maybe we need to stop setting the example! they only reason they do this is cause our contries go into their country which is now not protected by a coastgaurd or law enforcement and steal its resources i.e. fish (what the hell was a spanish Fishing trwler doing in somalia anyway?" and we allow the dumping of NUCLEAR WASTE slowly killing communites and more fish. I am glad most of our governments still have enough sense to restrain from outrightan illegal killing of these "pirates"

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TheQuestion: you don't see the bigger picture. 36 hostages in this case but other hostages in other cases are remaining captive. Spain is not playing solo.

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Wow implosion I guess you sympathize with these poor pirates. Pity most of us don't. I agree with blowing them out of the water. We must sacrifice some hostages to teach them that taking hostages won't be profitable. It's like giving into a little kid all the time only spoiling them. No wonder the world is raising spoiled kids with people like you around.

And NUCLEAR WASTE? Come now where'd you come up with that?

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imagine if you were one of the hostage!

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Not sure about you all, but I'm getting in a boat and searchin' for Spanish ships. Seems profitable, with no repurcusions.

Spain, you cowards, you caved in.

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Time to consider either mining all of Somalia's harbours or declaring unrestricted submarine warfare on everything that sails out from them.

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Pirates always got away with many things throughout history. What would Spain's island of Majorca be nowadays without the pirates? Every building was financed by them.

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thedeath - "imagine if you were one of the hostage!"

Not gonna happen! I'm not a dumba55. If I think there will be pirates, myself and my companions will be armed to the teeth.

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note to self: buy eye patch, peg leg, and become a pirate...also, practice saying 'arrrgh matey'

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I bet they take more hostages in the hopes of getting another $3.3 million.

This is no surprise - Zapatero yanked the Spanish troops out of Iraq when the terrorists there threatened to kill some of them.

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note to self: buy eye patch, peg leg, and become a pirate...also, practice saying 'arrrgh matey'

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"fatbeard"

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@Altria

I would have given them $3.3m in fake Zimababwe dollars and airbombed their getaway boat.

While I love your air-bombing plan, why fake dollars? It would be cheaper to use the real currency. An egg is worth about $50Billion (Zimbabwe Dollars) in that currency.

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Congratulations pirates! Another successful mission, with plenty of money going to the jihad, and god willing there will be plenty more to come. The stupid kuffars just keep coughing it up.

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I am surprised that no-one has put two and two together. The kidnappings in Yemen for ransom, and the hostage-taking at sea off Somalia. These two countries have a long intertwined history, and hostage-taking for ransom must be part of their culture. Very rarely do the hostages come to any harm, so that must be an unwritten rule. For this reason, the West is probably reluctant to start killing them as it may force their hand to retaliate in some unpleasant way, or drive the pirates closer to WilliB's Islamic fighters.

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nandakamanda:

" drive the pirates closer to WilliB's Islamic fighters. "

LOL! So what kind of fighters are now, in your esteemed opinion?? And how does keeping to pay them millions discourage them, exactly?

By the way, that Al-Shabaab gets a large share of the piracy "income" is hardly a secret, seeing that they brag about it themselves.

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you don't see the bigger picture. 36 hostages in this case but other hostages in other cases are remaining captive.

By perpetuating the idea that pirates can get away with this garbage aren't they putting even more lives at risk? The pirates aren't in this for some grand crusade to bring attention to the problems in their home country, they are exploiting those problems to make a whole lot of money really fast.

Spain is not playing solo.

Apparently they kind of are, the British won't send money, the U.S won't send money, and France has even gone so far as to place marines in civilian trawlers for protection.

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Well the Spanish were never ones for a good navy anyway with that Spanish Armada and all. They know when to cut their losses if even the Brits can beat them. But the Royal Navy has been losing it's influence ever since about 1776 or so. Maybe Spain could handle them these days but not Somali pirates. They are too unpolitically corrected.

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The NUCLEAR WASTE part comes from italian mafia getting paid by european governments to take there nuclear waste off their hands then dump it offshore of somalia's coasts. Becasue there is no coastgaurd to stop them or arrest them they can easily get away with this, this is also why you see fishing trawlers from other countries getting hijacked cause they are probably stealing somali fish. These "Pirates" were originally just trying to protect their own families then the realised they could make money from the people stupid enough to sail in their territory. If you actually research the cause of the problem you'll see that these guys didn't have a lot of choice at first, but no, its too easy to just say yeah kill them all. And yeah the point was made that there are many other hostages being held so if they killed some of the pirates then perhaps the pirates would kill some of the other hostages they are holding. If any of our governments were actually serious they would be trying to create a stable democratic government in the country not just sending warships to shoot first ask questions later.

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"drive the pirates closer to WilliB's Islamic fighters."

Heh, "jihadists" that aren't chopping peoples heads off on You Tube and blowing up boats and committing mass-murder on the high seas. But then again, there's no reasoning with the conspiracy theorists......

Anything out of the ordinary done by a musli is a chance to git up on that hoss...

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[cause they are probably stealing somali fish. ] Probably? Well just how much of the ocean does Somalia 'own'? I think it's up to 200 miles out. Or do they police International waters as well? Get a clue.

[If any of our governments were actually serious they would be trying to create a stable democratic government in the country not just sending warships to shoot first ask questions later.]

Guess you missed it in the 90s the UN got their asses kicked out of there because they couldn't decide if they were peacekeeping or peacemaking.

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Madverts:

" Heh, "jihadists" that aren't chopping peoples heads off on You Tube and blowing up boats and committing mass-murder on the high seas. "

You don´t have to chop off peoples heads on Youtube or blow up boats to be a jihadist. Piracy as a form of jihad has a long tradition (check out the barbary pirates), and if Al-Shabad is anything else but a jihadist organization, then please enlighten us about your findings.

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implosion:

" If any of our governments were actually serious they would be trying to create a stable democratic government in the country not just sending warships to shoot first ask questions later. "

And how exactly do you want to create a "stable democratic government" in Somalia (or any other fundamentalist islamic society)? Please tell us your miracle solution.

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well you stop supplying arms and ammunition made in places like the us, russia and china, you stop providing financial support to military dictators and instead only offer support that cannot be turned into financial gain of the corrupt warlords. Sure keep the warships in there but make their mission to protect the soverign rights of the national interest of somalia. I bet there is alot of money exchanging hands between countries like china and the "government" of somalia that exchanges resources for arms and money for the corrupt leaders. basically if the leaders don't have money or guns how are they going repress the people who like all people everywhere generally have good intentions at heart.

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