It simply doesn’t exist,but because it stirs up images of a recent past, the US conflict in Somali in the ’90s and an even more distant past America is bound to get involved in east Africa again. It doesn’t matter that only one percent of shipping through the Gulf of Aden is affected, and I’d venture to say with a few well armed and trained Blackwater mercs on board the numbers would be even fewer, or that despite the media characterization these “pirates” are manning wooden motorboats and carrying small arms, the US and some within government are determined to re-invade Somalia because the problem of pirates must be addressed on shore….there is a “shore dimension” a nicely worded way of saying American forces must be on the ground in Somalia. I don’t understand this fascination America has with Somalia. We encouraged Ethiopia to go to war and invade Somalia and are threatening to do the same ourselves because of motorboats and two to three dozen hard core jihadists who have arrived in Somalia from the mountains of Pakistan/Afghanistan. (have they really?) Add to that the Hezbollah forces Israel “says” are in east Africa and you have the potential for east Africa becoming the most dangerous region in the world, certainly worthy of more American blood and largesse, a la Iraq, and the mother of all misdirection plays. Remember how we were fighting them there in Iraq so we wouldn’t have to fight them here in America? That same kind of simplistic language was used to fuel anti-communist hysteria in the ’50s and ’60s. Some of the greatest fraud known to man was taking place from the coffers of the once rich and powerful America, during the Iraq debacle, reducing the US to a debtor country teetering on the brink of financial ruin. This kind of rhetoric of Somali pirates who need to be dealt with by American forces, should no longer find an audience in America but it still does and we are the worse for it. It’s somewhat ironic the same images are plaguing a Democratic president, Obama, who has been compared to another Democratic president, Kenneday, who gave in to the impulses for war in a foreign land, Vietnam, that was no threat to American intersts where a large number of Americans died. My solution to Somali pirates is the same as it would be for any thug on the street. Let those who ply their trade on the water arm themselves and be prepared to defend their cargo. If its worth profitting from its worth defending, absent the US Navy. Blackwater could use a contract or two.