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March 14, 2011

India Captures 61 Pirates

Pax India? I'm glad that some superpowers are still responsible.

They were arrested after an Indian naval ship closed in on a hijacked fishing vessel just under 700 miles off the Kerala coastal port of Cochin.

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The suspected pirates had hijacked the boat, the Mozambique-flagged Vega 5 in December last year and had since used it as a base for attacks on other ships.

They were finally caught on Sunday after they opened fire on the approaching Indian naval ship. They were forced to jump overboard when their own vessel was set ablaze caught fire in fierce retaliatory fire from the Indian ship. The 13 original crew members were freed in the raid. Indian officials said they found 80 to 90 small arms or rifles and some heavy weapons on the fishing vessel.

The number of pirate attacks and the scale of their demands has increased singnificantly in recent months. More than 660 people are currently believed to be held hostage in pirates from raids on 30 ships.

India has intensified its operations against pirates in the Indian Ocean. It arrested 28 pirates last month and 15 in January.

Did you know that 660 people were currently being held ransom by pirates?

Jay Cost spoke about the implicit, unstated powers of the presidency -- one of them is deciding when a foreign policy problem is a crisis or not a problem at all. The president can take a problem off the table simply by refusing to discuss it, and the complacent media takes it's cues -- as far as the American public knows, there is no problem.

But there is. People just don't know about it.



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