South American Corporations that produce toxic waste on a large scale contracted with criminal organizations to dispose of it for pennies on the dollar. The waste was then dumped into the Gulf of Mexico, and almost immediately Amercians living along the coast began to suffer horribly. In addition, parts of the Gulf have been overrun with foreign fishing vessels, and American fishermen can no longer make a living in their own waters. Finally, in a desperate act, local fishermen and others began to patrol their waters to deter both waste dumping vessels and illegal fishing vessels, and, if unsuccessful, to at least levy a “tax” on the perpetrators.
Of course, the above paragraph is not true. Change a few words, and its possible it is an accurate description of the conditions that spawned the so called Somali pirates. There is an informative article here, and one here, and I make no claims as to the accuracy of those posts. It seems entirely possible that Corporations took short cuts and Governments looked the other way while the Somali coast was ravaged. I hope there is more coverage on the conditions that led to these tragic events. Of course I am happy that Captain Phillips is safe and sound. Of course I am aware that many of these so-called pirates are nothing more than criminals. Its just that reality is often quite complicated, and while most Americans are happy to dismiss the events off the Somali coast as mere piracy, I have found that being skeptical of media coverage is a good thing.
I’m withholding judgement until I’ve read more.