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March 13, 2009

Me timbers shiver at the thought

Japan joins a growing international fleet of the clueless off the coast of Somalia. The mission: anti-piracy. Which I gather has something to do with providing pirates with directions back to their home ports.

The two destroyers are due to set sail Saturday for the Gulf of Aden from a western Japanese port, the defence ministry said. The ships are expected to arrive in waters near the Suez canal in about three weeks.

I will trade you one flotilla from any navy of the 1920s - armed with 1920s technology - for the entire United Nations task force. This is not an engineering problem. Our grandfathers knew how to deal with pirates.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 13, 2009 06:34 AM


"fleet of the clueless"—gold, Jerry, gold!

Actually they are busy escorting UN food aid shipments into Somalian ports... as opposed to actual commercial traffic trying not to get bagged by pirates.

Which is kind of like escorting dixie cups of lighter fluid into a burning building while the firefighters stand around outside keeping the crowd of bystanders at a safe distance.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 13, 2009 08:54 AM