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NATO Frees 20 Hostages, But Let Pirates Go

From a dejected Reuters:

De Zeven Provincien

NATO frees hostages from pirates

By Mohamed Ahmed

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Dutch commandos freed 20 Yemeni hostages on Saturday and briefly detained seven pirates who had forced the Yemenis to sail a "mother ship" attacking vessels in the Gulf of Aden, NATO officials said.

In a separate incident, gunmen from Somalia seized a Belgian-registered ship and its 10 crew, including seven Europeans, further south in the Indian Ocean. A pirate source said the vessel, the Pompei, would be taken to the coast…

NATO Lieutenant Commander Alexandre Fernandes, speaking on board the Portuguese warship Corte-Real, said the 20 fishermen were rescued after a Dutch navy frigate on a NATO patrol responded to an assault on a Greek-owned tanker by pirates firing assault rifles and grenades.

Commandos from the Dutch ship, the De Zeven Provincien, chased the pirates, who were on a small skiff, back to their "mother ship" — a hijacked Yemeni fishing dhow.

"We have freed the hostages, we have freed the dhow and we have seized the weapons… The pirates did not fight and no gunfire was exchanged," Fernandes told Reuters. The Corte-Real is also on a NATO anti-piracy mission.

He said the hostages had been held since last week. The commandos briefly detained and questioned the seven gunmen, he told Reuters, but had no legal power to arrest them.

"NATO does not have a detainment policy. The warship must follow its national law," he said.

"They can only arrest them if the pirates are from the Netherlands, the victims are from the Netherlands, or if they are in Netherlands waters."

The Somali government plans to present its proposals to combat the sea gangs at a major donors’ meeting on Somalia due to take place in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday.

It says it needs more money to tackle insecurity on land and to provide jobs for the country’s many out-of-work young men

The Dutch just let them go? And they wonder why the pirates keep at it?

What a boon to the world is international law.

The Somali government plans to present its proposals to combat the sea gangs at a major donors’ meeting on Somalia due to take place in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday.

It says it needs more money to tackle insecurity on land and to provide jobs for the country’s many out-of-work young men.

And this is different from piracy how?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “NATO Frees 20 Hostages, But Let Pirates Go”

  1. Weasel says:

    Since the end of the Cold WAr, NATO has been a joke. Time for it to either shape up and get real or for us to dump it. If the Euros are worried about their security, let them organize and pay for it.

    As for the UN, it has always been a joke and we should have left a long time ago. Every dime spent on it by the Us is not only wasted, but typically counterproductive to our own best interests. And anything good that comes out of the UN usually is funded and run by the US.

  2. canary says:

    Security and Defense first. Obama and Hillary need to see this through before spreading their manure around the world, and worrying about car emissions. They can do their house cleaning later. Some 3rd world country will take over and just trash America in the end. Course, Obama, Hillary, Pelosi, Biden, and the rest of America’s white trash mob priates, have a good start.

  3. Big E says:

    “And this is different from piracy how?”

    Degree of sophistication on the part of the pirates. Also keep in mind that per our fearless leader deferring to and relying on internation law and international organizations such as NATO and the UN are the answer to securing the safety of this country. Dangerously naive or mindbendingly stupid? I say a little from column A and lot from Column B.

  4. Enthalpy says:

    Thank goodness! Where would we be without NATO, or the UN for that matter? Both organizations seem to always find a way.


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