With the passing of the monsoon season, pirating is picking up again off the Somali coast (very far off, actually). And so we get stories like this one from the Christian Science Monitor that says nothing can be done . . .
But with the new season comes old questions – how to stop piracy and what to do with the pirates who are apprehended.
Despite the heavy international presence, it remains unclear how small bands of determined criminals with little to lose and a lot to gain can be stopped.
You stop pirates by shooting to kill. Period. You attack them at their home bases. Period. You go after the people who are calling the shots on shore. Period.
This isn't complicated, even though there seems to be an endless supply of journalists and so-called experts who think it is.