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Do Pirates Still Say, "Arrr"?

Posted Dec 01 2008 12:00am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be one of two things:  a professional baseball player or a Pirate.  I quickly found out that my little league baseball skills would not take me very far, and I was told by many elementary school teachers that piracy was mostly dead.  Little did I know that several years later I would be reading about pirates in the news nearly everyday.This has been one heck of a year for the Somali Pirates.  2008 brought nearly 100 hijackings off of the Somali coast, some of which lead to multi million dollar deals!  Hell, they were even named one of Time Magazines “People Who Mattered.”  And we have all figured out, they really do matter. Just yesterday China announced that they would be sending Navel forces to help stop the pirates.  This is a big deal because China’s Navy hardly ever leaves port.  Who would have thought that with the amount of money and weapons the developed world has, we would still be scared of pirates?

So as I sit in my cube at work, I have to ask myself, why am I not out there hijacking tankers?  I mean, we kind of have things in common.  They are pirates because they lost their jobs due to the Westerners taking all the fish.  I could be a pirate because the Westerners no longer have economies that offer jobs at all!  They are good out on the water.  I…like the water.  Maybe it isn’t such a bad idea?

Hmm, after looking at the UN’s and China’s decisions to start making the piracy crackdown a top priority, maybe I should wait awhile and see what 2009 brings.  I mean, who knows? Maybe the fishing will return to the coast of Somalia and just maybe jobs will come back to the States. Wouldn’t that make for a good 2009?

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