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(July 15, 2009 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Okay, so a few months ago when I thought of pirates, I spent a lot of time with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom on my mind. In fact, I think of those guys even when I’m not thinking of pirates, but I digress. Now, however, a whole new kind of pirate is taking the world by storm – or trying to. Increasingly we are hearing tales of pirates from Somalia and other nations that are preying on ships crossing through that section of the world.

The Modern Pirate

Today’s pirate is very different from the peg-legged, bobbing and weaving, big-hat wearing pirates we love. These pirates are the real deal – desperate men who have no problem breaking the law for material gain. The recent standoffs have shown this. And the increasing number of incidences with pirates around the world has made them a global concern.

The Captured Pirate

Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was captured by the United States during a rescue mission staged by US Navy Seals. The young pirate was brought to New York where he showed up with a smile on his face although he said nothing at the time. The young man speaks no English but is accused of being the fearless ring leader of the pirate band. It is said that he was the first on the ship, the first to fire a shot and responsible for stealing $30,000 from the ship’s safe. In court he was the first person to be accused of piracy in about 100 years and sobbed loudly.

The trouble is, Somalia, where he is from, has struggled with anarchy and no centralized government for years. The population has only three primary occupations to keep families fed. They can grow illegal drugs, herd goats or become a pirate. What the country also does not have are very good records. So while the prosecutor in the case is claiming the pirate is eighteen years old and therefore an adult and ready to stand trial, his lawyers and many others are claiming he is much younger, perhaps as young as fifteen and should be treated differently by the court system.

The Dilemma

Under no context do I think that piracy of any kind is okay. But at the same time, I can understand why young men such as Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse might have been drawn into the practice. His nation has been in chaos for almost two decades – longer than he’s been alive. His family has almost no money, and there doesn’t seem to be any other solution available to him – at least from his perspective.

So, it’s clear that the problem with pirates is bigger than one case of an abducted sea captain and his daring rescue. A few months ago, Somali pirates hold 15 merchant ships and 300 crewmen hostage. So there seems to be no stopping the pirates from taking money, taking hostages and even taking lives. But will putting captured pirates on trial be the first in our fight back?


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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 20, 2009
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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 10, 2009
Most pirates today use speedboats and have more, say, modern weapons BUT are just as merciless of the pirates of old.

I don't believe in pirates using worms to catch their food though. What do worms physically or mentally do to us? Fish and worms are being strongly abused and me and Sabrina (zombieguts) don't believe in it.

It's their fault and their choice and I just disbelieve that dishonesty and cruelty is just wrong.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: August 10, 2009
I quote: "But at the same time, I can understand why young men such as Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse might have been drawn into the practice. His nation has been in chaos for almost two decades – longer than he’s been alive. His family has almost no money, and there doesn’t seem to be any other solution available to him – at least from his perspective."

All I'm saying is that it's a horrible excuse that weak people tend to rely on. I don't like to hear it because I know that people can be better. In the end we agree: it's based off of decisions, not their past.
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eliginorski

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: August 9, 2009
And it's not they're background/heritage/how they grew up that makes someone who they are, it's the decisions they make throughout they're life. And it just so happens that some people (these pirates, for instance) have made some not very good decisions.

Also, some of them might've been pressured into becoming pirates by they're family.

And sorry for the double post...I just had these two thoughts right after I clicked post.
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eliginorski

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: August 9, 2009
I don't think that anyone is saying that it has anything to do with how they grew up or what they're heritage or background was like.

If he (or any of the other pirates, for that matter) was in his early to mid teens when he became a pirate, it might've been more that, other than being able to support his family, it also seemed like it would be exciting to become a pirate.

It's not that hard to imagine, it seems like a good amount of kids, especially little boys, think that to be a pirate is just about the best thing in the world because they don't know what real pirates were/are actually like and the things that they did/do.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: August 6, 2009
I hate that excuse so much. "It's because of their background/heritage/how they grew up". Apparently I'm supposed to be all ghetto dru.ggie and shooting up some street because I was poor and grew up in that area, apparently I'm supposed to be violent and abusive towards my husband because I was abused mentally and physically and also watched it happen to my mother all my life. Apparently because of all of it I was supposed to do horrible in school and have no future.

I'm none of those things. A person's actions may be harder to make because of those things, but in the end it's the own person's fault for not being better than their enviornment. For not being braver, stronger or better.

Sorry, but I hear it all the time, and as I've lived it I can safely say that even though you're life may be hard, it's up to YOU to be the better person and have the better life.

If it's wrong to believe that people can do better than I don't want to be right.
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