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Published:November 18th, 2008 14:58 EST
Pirates Hijack Saudi Arabian Oil Tanker

Pirates Hijack Saudi Arabian Oil Tanker

By Robert Paul Reyes

Americans think pirates are an extinct breed of criminals, the only time they come to mind is when we see Johnny Depp on the big screen doing his fey impression of the dastardly criminals.

But pirates are a very real problem all over the world, especially off the coast of Africa.

Piracy is a problem that affects every country, and we must band together to fight these well armed thugs.

"In a dramatic escalation of high seas crime, Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi supertanker loaded with crude hundreds of miles off the coast of East Africa - defeating the security web of warships trying to protect vital shipping lanes.

The takeover demonstrates the bandits` heightened ambitions and capabilities: Never before have they seized such a giant ship so far out to sea. Maritime experts warned the broad daylight attack, reported by the U.S. Navy on Monday, was an alarming sign of the difficulty of patrolling a vast stretch of ocean key to oil and other cargo traffic."

The Associated Press/BARBARA SURK and TAREK EL-TABLAWY

This act of piracy may have happened far away off the coast of East Africa, but it affects us here in America. The seizure of the Saudi Arabian tanker has made the price of crude oil go up, and that will eventually bite us at the gas pump.

The huge tanker may be holding oil worth up to $100 million, but of course the pirates have no way of selling it. They will ransom the tanker and its oil for a few million, and then hope to disappear in the high seas.

The only way to stop such brazen acts of piracy is by killing the sea robbers at the scene of the crime. Saudi Arabia should pay the ransom and then the United States or another country that has the proper military resources (this should be an international effort) should blow the buccaneers straight to hell.

In the high seas we shouldn`t be concerned with niceties like "innocent until proven guilty", just execute the goons immediately.