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  • aziz 8:23 am on April 20, 2012 Permalink
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    Johnny Depp Ward became the pirate Captain Jack Sparrow Birdy and converted to Islam… in the late 16th century.

  • johnpi 11:03 am on April 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Rush Limbaugh mashes together some of his right-wing cliches and boogymen to conclude that Somali pirates are just like alot of Americans.

    “These people have an entitlement mentality. I could have sworn that they are originally Americans who maybe fled. Maybe they were illegal immigrants or something who got here, come here with an entitlement mentality, didn’t like it, fled the scene because Republicans drove them out of the country in the last election, so they went over to Somalia and started pirating things. Because they have the attitude of entitlement just like a lot of American citizens do.”

    Rush is so anti-American.

  • aziz 9:55 am on April 14, 2009 Permalink
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    I’m a little alarmed by the crazy rhetoric about Somali pirates of late. Yes, they are dangerous criminals. But do they really warrant this much attention? From what digging I’ve been doing, I think it looks like they are a distraction from more important issues. If the navies of the world sent to the Gulf of Aden were to also make some effort a stopping illegal fishing in Somali waters that woudl probably do more to cut piracy down than any sustained armada.


    • Willow 10:27 am on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      On the other hand, I can’t help but point out that you and I reported on the piracy problem in Somalia almost 2 years ago at old CoB and Eteraz’s old blog.

      We get no credit on the high seas of media, arr.

    • Dan 12:29 pm on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent post, I’m glad you referenced the good Hari article. I’m really disappointed in most of the blogworld left (yglesias et al) as well, who seem to be ignoring some of the causual and perpetuative reasons for the piracy.

    • Abu Noor Al-Irlandee 7:20 pm on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am happy that the captain is safe, and I know that’s a part of the reason for the reaction, but yes it has to be a little disturbing to see all the chest thumping over the most powerful military in the history of the world killing some desperately poor teenagers.

  • aziz 8:09 am on December 23, 2008 Permalink
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    Forget about Ninjas vs Pirates. Islamists vs Pirates is way cooler. Plus, we get that whole ninjabi convergence…

  • aziz 10:29 am on November 17, 2008 Permalink
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    Somali pirates are getting bolder – their latest prize? A Saudi Aramco-owned supertanker, hijacked off the coast of Kenya.

    As it happens, there’s a good precedent for using anti-piracy laws to fight terrorism.

    • thabet 10:30 pm on November 17, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wouldn’t surprise me if this is an inside job.

    • Willow 12:06 am on November 18, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What makes you think so?

    • thabet 1:51 pm on November 18, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is probably just a conincidence that an oil tanker bound for the US is hijacked the very week OPEC countries are watching the oil price slide down towards the $50 mark.

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