The Russians know how to do it

The Russian navy freed a tanker off the Somali coast yesterday. The destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov (above) and her crew took the ship back by force.

An inordinate amount of ransom money has been spent over the past few years. If we're serious about piracy, we have to do two things: a) Outlaw any payments, b) attack the pirates where they live.

And maybe c) summarily sink any skiff in international waters.

The Russian destroyer's a pretty ship, by the way. Capable of dealing with more than just pirates.

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