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You Are Being Lied to About Pirates

Johann Hari
Columnist, London Independent

Who imagined that in 2009, the world's governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy - backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the US to China - is sailing into Somalian waters to take on men we still picture as parrot-on-the-shoulder pantomime villains. They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth. But behind the arrr-me-hearties oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labeling as "one of the great menace of our times" have an extraordinary story to tell -- and some justice on their side.

Pirates have never been quite who we think they are.

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mystichaiku
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
What I don't understand is, if they are dumping all this waste, isn't the sea life tinted? Why are they now going after their seafood?
hrolleif
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Doesn't seem too bright, does it?
mystichaiku
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hey how are you doing? This is lilphatts and no it doesn't make sense - it sounds like the history of pirates mixed with another far left story - if you dump waste say on the north shore it's going to tint everything eventually because water moves.
hrolleif
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
POSTSCRIPT: Some commenters seem bemused by the fact that both toxic dumping and the theft of fish are happening in the same place - wouldn't this make the fish contaminated? In fact, Somalia's coastline is vast, stretching to 3300km. Imagine how easy it would be - without any coastguard or army - to steal fish from Florida and dump nuclear waste on California, and you get the idea. These events are happening in different places - but with the same horrible effect: death for the locals, and stirred-up piracy. There's no contradiction.

Water moves in specific directions. However, the fish probably are contaminated anyway. I doubt that that's invented. The right has been fairly good at casting doubt onto dumb and dangerous activities because they are motivated purely by the profit potential to the exclusion safety and common sense. They are famous for shitting where they eat, wondering why they are sick, then blaming it on those who tried to warn them.

catamorphism
Apr. 15th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
The article explains that already if you read all of it.
eriktrips
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
yeah, the article points out that Somalia has a very long coastline and that dumping and poaching are taking place in different areas.
hrolleif
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Good article. When all that drama was going on in the news, I'd really wondered about the so-called "pirates". I don't like how the news media refuses to really report the whole story. I figured there must be more going on than what is being said.
eriktrips
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
our press stopped giving us the whole story on anything a very long time ago. without the internet we'd have no idea what was going on in the rest of the world. now we have thousands of unverifiable sources to choose from! ;)
hrolleif
Apr. 15th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
:) Sometimes CBS evening news will suprise me, but yeah, most of the time we just don't get the whole story. I guess to be fair just how much could they cram into 30 minutes...no make that about 10 minutes since the rest is ads for pharmaceuticals.
penguingod
Apr. 15th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting. More people need to know what's up.
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