Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Wednesday for world action to end the "scourge" of piracy as U.S. warships raced to the scene where a U.S.-flagged ship was hijacked off the coast of Somalia.
American crew members aboard the ship hijacked were able to regain control of the vessel Wednesday, but the ship's captain is still being held hostage, FOX News confirms.
Wednesday's incident was the first such hostage-taking involving U.S. citizens in 200 years. In December 2008, Somali pirates chased and shot at a U.S. cruise ship with more than 1,000 people on board but failed to hijack the vessel.
I'd say it's time that they be reminded why it's been 200 years since this kind of thing has happened to an American ship. Call me a blood thirsty warmonger if you like but I think these pirates need to be dealt with with extreme prejudice. Take them out on the water and take out their land based operations. Anything else is just playing footsies with a guy who's got a knife in his boot.
The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, at the time it was hijacked, for the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk.
Robert A. Wood, Deputy State Department Spokesman, told reporters the ship was carrying "vegetable oil, corn soy blend and other basic food commodities bound for Africa."
It's a bit ironic isn't it that the rise in piracy in the region is said to be the deplorable conditions there and these jokers go and attack a ship carrying free food for people who have none.