Is Somalia pushing for a U.N. invasion?
They are taking advantage of the no weapon international law for ships. They thumb their noses at the whole world and feel they are above retribution. Do they really believe their lawlessness is going to be winked at forever?
Now they are yelling retaliation because a nation saved their ship and their captain, as if they are the victims. When is the world going to get a belly full of this?
- AlvieLv 71 decade agoBest Answer
Much of Somalia doesn't have any kind of government. And that's why pirates are free to operate from there.
But occupying Somalia would be very expensive and without any obvious exit strategy. Which is probably why neither the UN nor any one else is likely to do it.
Sailors on civilian ships aren't allowed to carry weapons for self-defence partly due to the insistence of the US government because of fears that such weapons might be used for terrorist attacks in USA.
Perhaps the cheapest and an effective way to deal with the pirate problem is to organize convoys of ships escorted by military vessels through pirate infested waters. That's how a lot of shipping was done during the second world war. And it can be done now too.
" Most ports severely restrict vessels from having weapons on board, and changing those regulations in each country would be difficult, Mr. Flynn said. The United States Coast Guard has been especially wary, fearing that the weapons could be used for terrorist attacks.
Because a commercial vessel might stop in a dozen countries during a voyage, it would be hard for it to carry weapons if any port along the route forbade that, Mr. Flynn said."
- electricpoleLv 71 decade ago
I hope not. UN interventions are always luke warm affairs that never seem to result in a solution or resolution as they are never "resolute" in their intention and conduct.
The US, and or other affected parties need to effectively end this menace, without regard to it's perceived cause. If the Somali's them selves are not addressing the root cause of their poverty and anarchy, who are we to give more effort the that cause than they do?
The world cannot solve this dilemma while acting within the guidelines of International Maritime law, as the Somali's are banking on us doing just that. This is not some collegiate debating society, with fair play and "cricket', etc. When those who have no intention to operate in a civilized fashion are exterminated, the world can operate in a civilized fashion amongst themselves again. Take the gloves off solve it and get back to business.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I think a US lead coalition of the nations that have suffered from Somalian pirate attacks might have the most impact. Somalian politics are far from my reach. I suppose inner strife has given rise to the piracy. If so you would have to have a plan to alleviate the strife to keep it from rising again.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It didn't work the first time. I would suggest a naval blockade that can also escort merchant shipping. Worked for Cuba in 1961.
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- 1 decade ago
Remember that movie "Black Hawk Down"? UN failed its mission at the first time. It's not going to happen. Somalia is far beyond UN's ability of control.