Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Looking the other way

In my earlier post on piracy (Pirates? Poppycock!) I asked a simple question: why are we passively suffering piracy and why don’t we take the simple initiative and actions required against such a relatively modest threat ? (please look again at the photo in my old post; we are not talking about South East Asia Malay vagabonds attacking fishermen)

Today I ran into a great article that both answers my question (and many others) and highlights how low the West has come and how it is now unable to confront any enemies at all:

It has become fashionable to present reports on piracy that are wrapped in a tranquilizer. It is suggested that the solution of the problem is in Somalia. Save Somalia (throw money at it?) and all will be hanky-dory. One is tempted to suspect that the popularity of the mantra has to do with the trick of attaching an otherwise threateningly soluble problem to a precondition that cannot be met. The benefit is that, succumbing to the West’s luxurious self-doubts, a good reason is given to persist in doing the unreasonable. Thereafter it becomes easy to desist from solving the solvable.

Read it all.

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