Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Pepto!
Gone are the days when a simple blunderbuss, cutlass, parrot and Orkney accent could charm the stodgiest of merchants into handing over the cargo of a ship. These days Somalia has become the new Port Royal. The use of RPGs, AK-47s, speed boats, gruff manners, and a lust for ransom money has caused the world to take notice.
In recent days I have read articles calling for corporations to arm offensively or defensively all their ships. I have also read that the corporations in question say that would cost too much money, better off paying for the extra insurance instead. Now I understand that some are calling for us, yes, our military, to circle the ports of Somalia 24/7 with drone aircraft to keep an eye in the scurvy dogs. Others have seen that idea and rose with the suggestion of putting troops on the ground.
As of this moment there are approximately 100 guests (hostages) in the company of various uber capitalists (pirates) and numerous merchant ships. Word has it that our resolve to create opportunities for advancement (kill pirates) has caused the leadership of the uber capitalists to become disgruntled. They in turn have issued decrees of unhappiness in the form of offering to create, for us, numerous opportunities for advancement (kill) for all that get in their way.
Fool community I challenge you to think of the most likely way this will play out. Will the shipping companies make their vessels repulsive to pirates by arming the ships crew with sour kraut cannons or will we turn Somalia into our new pet project? Please pontificate and post your thoughts here.