Warship sent after hijacked ship
Posted in Local News
Source: BBC – Photo by BGNES
A South Korean warship has set off in pursuit of a chemical tanker from the country which has been hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.
The naval destroyer is part of a multinational patrol force based in the region.
South Korean media say it is expected to catch up with the hijacked ship in about two days.
The eleven thousand ton freighter, Samho Jewelry, was carrying chemicals from the United Arab Emirates to Sri Lanka when it was seized by pirates on Saturday.
The South Korean foreign ministry said its twenty-one crew members — from South Korea, Burma and Indonesia — were unharmed.
Why doesn’t the UN declare war on Somali pirates now? Why does the International Community keep silent while the Somali pirates grow in strength with their profits of crime? Why is the UNSC and UNSG silent and let the Somali pirates become such a large force so that shipping in the area is endangered? Merely going after a captured ship to get it released is ridiculous as the pirates will kill the captured sailors and blow-up the ship. They will then disappear to catch another ship. Don’t you think there will be other copy-cat pirates in and around Indonesia and Malyasia to become a menace to shiping lanes in these waters? This modern day piracy should be stopped. There should be special UN force to declare war on pirates.
United States of America should decalre a war against the pirates in Somalia than the war against Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mohamed Shareef Asees
USA acts only when their own interests are under threat. They waged war in Taleban when the latter attacked USA. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, USA was stung into action. Until then they closed their eyes to Nazi invasions in Europe, during WW2. When UK waged war on Argentina to wrest back control of Falkland islands, USA did not come to British aid militarily. They stood on the sidelines and watched. However, British lapdog Tony Blair committed British forces to US invasions in Irag and Afghanistan, to curry favour with Bush. David Cameron is carrying on supporting USA with military aid. Today, both US and British economies are in the doldrums as a result, since wars are expensive business.
Somalian government is behind the Somali pirates. These pirates have enlarged the range they cover in the Indian Ocean, using superior captured ships for long voyages, armed with conventional weapons. It is a multi-billion dollar operation/business with easy income for Somalia. Easy rich pickings. It is totally ridiculous, that superpower like USA has not declared outright war on the Somalian pirates and Somalia itself, as the pirates have the backing of Somalia.