Tuesday, 1 June 2010


If armed Somalis stopped and boarded a vessel in international waters, they would be considered pirates. If the people on board that vessel sought to defend themselves with any weapons they could lay their hands on they would be considered heroes. If the Somalis killed 10 people on board that vessel that would be considered a vile act of murder. If they then took the people on that ship to Somalia they would be considered to be hostages.

Somalis are involved regularly in acts of piracy in international waters and their country is considered a lawless, rogue state.

Isn't international diplomacy a curious thing...

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