Saturday, September 22, 2012

Article on Somali Piracy

Foreign Policy carried an article on 20 September 2012 by Robert Young Pelton titled "How the U.N. Saved the Somali Pirates from the Brink of Extinction." Although an entertaining article, its highly dubious conclusion is that the United Nations "managed to save the pirates of Puntland and shut down Somalia's only land based anti-piracy program."

Click here to read the article.

1 comment:

  1. The point made by Foreign Policy article is crystal clear and supported by more first hand facts and research than normally seen in beltway articles on the region.

    The UN has no problem arresting journalists as mercenaries, decrying the killing of terrorists by the US and protecting pirates from sanctions in their inside ou/upside down world.

    The author should have also pointed out that in twenty years the UN still runs Somalia like a caretaker state, hires mercenaries to fight islamists (who are also Somalis) and as the article points out, defeats or ignores internal attempts to stabilize as in the case of Somaliland and Puntland or even al Shabaab.