Saturday, November 22, 2008
I agree we should smack down the pirates. But I think what is going on here is that the shippers are holding out for the various navies to step in and protect them. But that would be unnecessary and inefficient. These pirates are not particularly well armed. They have AK-47s and RPGs mostly, it sounds like. A half dozen former SEALs with some shoulder fired rockets, such as Stingers perhaps, and some .50 calibre machine guns would keep off the bad guys in speed boats nicely.
I think the issue is economics. Sea going mercenaries would cost probably about $1000 per man per day. Blackwater I've read charges the USG about $950/day for security details per man. Figure ten on a boat, and it starts to be a close call whether it is cheaper to hire security or just take a trip around the horn. Plus I suppose there would be insurance issues if your hired guns ended up blowing an overly friendly Australian pleasure craft out of the water, or something like that. But in any event, private security would have to be much cheaper than sending any navy in, as well as more effective.