BBC Radio does its usual splendid job of reportage with Tom Mangold at the helm in this investigation of the changes in piracy in the past 18 months..
The recent murder of four innocent civilian hostages aboard their yacht ‘Quest’, the kidnapping of children aboard a Danish yacht, and the hi-jack of the giant oil tanker ‘Irene’ are game changers in the ever growing scandal of international piracy. Piracy Inc. is getting bigger, nastier and richer by the week – at the expense of the freedom of Western sea trade.
The new sea gangsters now have some 20 mother ships, most driven by hostage slave crews operating with virtual impunity on sea lanes stretching from Africa to India. The recent escalation highlights the impotence of the West’s navies in facing the threat. Paralysed by indecision, the British and their NATO allies have virtually no authority to disarm, attack or aggressively confront the enemy. Only India, Russia and South Korea have taken the law into their own hands and blasted the Somali pirates out of the water when and where they have caught up with them – but at a price.