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Somali Pirates Living in Luxury

November 19th, 2008 | by Tom Harper |

You probably don’t visualize a pirate as being anywhere else except on a pirate ship. But some of those infamous Somali pirates are using their stolen loot to build mansions, hire servants and buy luxury cars.

Now of course nobody is condoning what these pirates are doing, or making any sort of apologies for them. But these Somali pirates — unlike some other pirates we could name — are actually giving something back to their communities. Somalia is one of the world’s poorest countries. And now, because of the money being spent by these pirates, some of the local economies are booming.

And unlike still another gang of pirates, the Somali pirates are not groveling and sobbing to the government for a handout.

Just like all political dynasties, pirates come and go. There’s always a gang of Young Turks ready to come along and kick out the Old Guard. In order to make room for these upstart Somali pirates, some old pirates have to fade away.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Somali Pirates Living in Luxury”

  2. By steve on Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

    Um… if Exxon Mobil didn’t refine oil into gas you couldn’t sit at your computer and tell us how much you hate them and their ability to earn a profit. Wait and see what it is this quarter with gas prices dropping like a rock because demand is off 20%.

  3. By rube cretin on Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

    Appears a new robin hood has appeared on the world scene.

    “he was a good outlawe,
    And dyde pore men moch god”.

  4. By christopher Radulich on Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

    Robin Hood give me a break. All crooks spend their money. There is no up side to this.

    Perhaps what we should do is put a cruise missle into each mansion.

  5. By rube cretin on Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

    CR,
    guess you did not read the linked articles. Sounds like some very poor folks are benefiting. Why would you want to put a cruise missile into the homes of these folks. Would you want to put missiles into the homes of all the folks who supported going to iraq for the oil? Seems like a kind of hijacking to me. But then, …..

  6. By christopher Radulich on Nov 20, 2008 | Reply

    I did read the articles. When a killer for hire goes to his local grocery store the local people profit. When he builds a large house the local people profit. When he throws a large party for his 16 year old daughter the local cater profits. Does this make him a Robin hood? Should we say that he is a good guy because he spends his money locally? Drug lords also spend large amounts of money. Does that make them good guys?

  7. By rube cretin on Nov 21, 2008 | Reply

    CR,
    Seems to me you are going off on a tangent. But then, i guess which of the legends of Robin Hood one chooses to believe frames their moral position. guess you got yours from a Disney movie.

    Imagine if you will the abject poverty in Somali. It is not hard for me to imagine local boys who venture out and collect a toll from rich tourist ships and oil tankers and then spending in their villages, being seen as Robin Hoods. Seems to depend on where you are standing.

    Piracy has been going on of thousands of years on both land and water. Our crowded world requires many to live on the very margins of life. That some choose to take a measure of wealth by force is not surprising. Seems consistent with most everything i know about human nature.

    by the way site administrator. something is wrong with the spam protector. seems like a pirate has hijacked it and making it very difficult to post.

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