How have pirates become so powerful that the governments of the world are giving them ransom money? People do realize that things like this will not only legitimize these Somali pirates in the eyes of their countrymen, but will now give birth to piracy everywhere.
What happened to the saying “We don’t negotiate with terrorists?” Or was that just in the movies? Pirates are just terrorists on boats. Why not send some navy SEALS to perform a rescue mission? Or perhaps that’s the plan……?
All I can think about when I read this is Iran-Contra. Look how that turned out. How Hezbollah is a legitimate entity in the Lebonese government. If Somali pirates actually score $20 million, I wonder how quickly they are going to be running the country.