Somali Pirates vow to take on US Military might if attacked. Ahem. 4 guys with AK-47s in a lifeboat with no fuel 300 miles off the coast of Africa are going to take on the US Navy? Really? For some reason, I’m pretty sure I know how this is going to turn out. This is a tragedy for the captain who remains a hostage as well as his family but it’s also heroic since he volunteered to become a hostage so that his crew could go free. But even if we assume a worst case scenario, 4 guys with AK-47s 300 miles off the coast of Africa in a lifeboat with no fuel versus 3 or 4 warships in the US Navy and the FBI isn’t really a fair fight. Hell, even if we don’t decide to blow them out of the water, all we have to do is sit there until they get totally delirious from lack of food and water. Hunger and thirst will do what force might not.
I’m guessing that these pirates may find out that attacking American flagged ships or ships with American crews won’t turn out quite like they expected. Americans aren’t known for negotiating with pirates or terrorists.