April 8th, 2009 13:43 EST
Highjacked US Crew Retakes Vessel From Pirates
"Pirates commandeered a United States-flagged container ship with 20 American crew members off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday, in what appeared to be the first time an American-crewed ship was seized by pirates in the area.
The container ship, the Maersk Alabama, was carrying thousands of tons of relief aid to the Kenyan port of Mombasa, the company that owns the ship said.
The ship was taken by pirates at about 7:30 a.m. local time, 280 miles southeast of the Somali city of Eyl, a known haven for pirates, a spokesman for the United States Navy said. The ship is owned and operated by Maersk Line Limited, a United States subsidiary of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, the Danish shipping giant." The New York Times
This is the first pirate attack against Americans in 200 years, and the wimpy response of the Obama administration guarantees there will be many more. Obama`s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters: Our top priority is the personal safety of the crew members on board.
Gibbs is telling the pirates: We will pay any ransom for the safe return of our hostages. After hearing Gibbs` defeatist attitude, I`m sure the pirates will now demand millions more than they originally intended to ask for.
America`s top priority should not be the safety of the crew members, it should be to deliver a devastating blow to the pirates to ensure that they will think long and hard before attacking a ship with Americans onboard again.
What we should do is pay the ransom, and once the hostages are safe blow the fleeing pirates to kingdom come. But that should only be the first strike, we should blow up the residences of the pirates in Somalia. But I don`t expect resolute action from our fearless president who shamelessly pandered to Muslims in his recent address to the Turkish Parliament. Obama is too cowardly to take aggressive action against the Muslim pirates.
"The US crew of a ship hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia has retaken control of the vessel, according to Pentagon sources.
Unnamed US defence officials said one pirate had been captured by the crew of the Danish-owned Maersk Alabama, which was seized earlier in the Indian Ocean.
The status of the other pirates was unknown, but officials said they were "in the water".
Obama should take a lesson in courage from the American crew.