Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Cost of Islamic Pirates

Ransoms are being paid. In other words, the third jihad is getting a huge influx of cash from the kafirs. I'm reading a book right now called Tripoli when exactly the same thing happened 200 hundred years ago: European and American countries were funding the Jihadis who were dedicated to their destruction. Check out these numbers:
Since the beginning of 2008, pirates operating off the Somali coast have seized 95 ships, the most spectacular being the Saudi-owned Sirius Star, a supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil, more than a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s daily exports and worth about $100 million. Insurance companies have so far paid hundreds of millions of dollars in ransoms for ships and crews, with the rate per ship varying from $300,000 to $1.5 million. As a result, insurance premiums have gone up by 10 percent and the increasingly frequent change of ship routes, from the Suez Canal to that around the Cape of Good Hope, is 30 percent longer and 20,000-30,000 Euros a day more expensive.
Read more about modern-day Muslim pirates: Somalia's Islamic Pirates.


Anonymous said...

Get your facts right! Just FYI:

Tension is apparently growing between Somali pirates and a militant Islamic movement that controls a wide swath of the country.

Leaders from the Islamic group Shebab (meaning "youth"), which runs much of southern and central Somalia, has condemned the pirates operating from Somalia's northern coast, reminding them that under Islamic law piracy is a crime punishable by death. Just to back up their point, Shebab has moved groups of fighters up from the south to positions just outside one of the pirate's coastal cities.

But Shebab's sudden discovery that Somalia has a problem with pirates is a little too convenient.

They only spoke out after pirates snatched the Sirius Star, a 1,000-foot long oil tanker (incidentally the largest ship ever captured by pirates), which happens to be owned by Saudi Arabia. The Saudis, in turn, have a long history of using their oil wealth to fund conservative (and militant) Islamic movements around the world, so it makes you wonder if Shebab's motive for threatening the pirates is less because they're violating Islamic law and more because they're threatening Shebab's funding.

And some residents along the pirate coast say that Shebab is divided over the whole piracy issue, with some members wanting in on what has become a very lucrative business.

Speaking of the business end of piracy, RealClearWorld posted a piece today that talked about some of the economic impacts of the recent piracy outbreak. The Danish shipping line Maersk has already ordered its tanker fleet to steer clear of the Somali coast - avoiding the much shorter Suez Canal route to Europe from Asia and the Persian Gulf and instead sailing all the way around Africa. Other shipping lines are considering the same move, all of which will likely result in higher prices for imported goods since thousands of miles will now be added onto the transport costs.

It could also make Europe more dependent on oil coming from or through Russia, and could cause real problems for Egypt where tolls for use of the Suez Canal are a major source of revenue.

Anonymous said...

The head of US military operations in Africa said Tuesday he has no evidence that Somali pirates are connected to al-Qaeda.

US Army Gen. William “Kip” Ward said the chaos on the high seas is a reflection of the country’s political chaos.

Somalia has had no functioning government since 1991. Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia so far this year number nearly 100, with 40 ships hijacked. Fifteen ships with nearly 300 crew are still being held for ransom near the coastline.

Asked about alleged connections between pirates and al-Qaeda, Ward, said: “I think that’s a concern that we all would have.”

But, he added, “I do not have any evidence that pirates have links to al-Qaida.”

The US Defense Department created Africa Command, of Africom, in October 2007 to consolidate operations that had been split among three other regional commands, none of which had Africa as a primary focus.

Several African countries, including Libya, Nigeria and South Africa, have expressed deep reservations about the command, claiming it could signal an unwanted expansion of American military influence or turn Africa into another battleground in the global war on terror groups.

Africom officials say the command’s goals have been misunderstood and emphasize there are no plans to build new US military bases in Africa.

Although American interests will take priority, the increased focus on Africa will benefit both sides and pave the way for closer collaboration with African leaders, US officials say.

Ward, who spoke to journalists Tuesday in Kenya’s capital, emphasized that the key to stopping piracy in Somalia was solving the crisis on land.

“We look to increase capacity in combating pirate activities,” he said.

He offered no specifics about how the US would try to build up institutions in Somalia, an impoverished nation caught up in a ferocious Islamic insurgency.

On Monday, Yemen’s Interior Ministry said Somali pirates had hijacked a Yemeni cargo ship in the Arabian Sea. It said communication with the vessel was lost last Tuesday after it had been out to sea for a week. - AP

rider said...

"From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli..." Marine Corps anthem...
Jefferson and Madison decided to pay tribute no more-Jefferson sent the new US Navy and Madison sent them again -to finish the job...

"...the nation that pays it is lost."

Citizen Warrior said...

The first Anonymous, you seem to be implying that I got my facts wrong and the piracy is against Islamic teachings.

A Muslim must follow Mohammad's example. Mohammad raided caravans, plundered the booty, made the captives slaves, or ransomed them if someone would pay.

But Islam is against piracy? Yeah, right.

Citizen Warrior said...

Anonymous #2, you seem to be implying that because the pirates are not al Qaeda, they are not Jihadis?

Pastorius said...

Not Al Qaeda, huh?

I'm working under the assumption they are not only owned by Al Qaeda, but that they are being used as Contraband launderers for Al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda doesn't want the US to know about shipments of nuclear materials, so they use the guise of pirates to divert us.

That's my hunch. I could be wrong, of course.