RETURN OF THE SOMALI BUCCANEERS
After the Easter, 2009 takedown of Somali pirates who held Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama hostage, one would have thought that the pirates of the Somali region would have avoided attracting the attention of the United States Navy. After all, three dead pirates and one facing federal trial in New York would tend to be behavior modification.
Yet, in the spring of 2010, what is happening? Violent encounters with pirates have gone down – not just between American ships and the pirates, but also from other countries.