Monday, April 13, 2009

Solution to Somali Pirate Situation

After reading the news this morning about the dramatic rescue of Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama from Somali Pirates, it seems obvious that shipping lines need to have armed guards on the ships that sail along the Somali coast. If the shippers are concerned about the cost, I have a modest proposal for them. In fact providing armed guards could be turned into a revenue source for the shipping companies rather than an expense. Here’s the proposal: establish the Somali Coast Cruises and advertise that customers can sleep out under the stars, be provided with their own AK-47s and have the chance to shoot at floating objects that approach the “cruise ship.” I’m sure this would attract a large number of paying customers who would relish this opportunity. And as anyone knows who has been hiking in the woods during hunting season, this would be a deterrent to the Somali pirates.

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