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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-18-08 03:14 AM
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34. I doubt the "poor starving somalians" answer. my question would be, if they're poor & starving, how
did they get their ships, gasoline, & guns in the first place? you need equipment starting out to take over modern ships, unless people think they swam out with handmade knives in their teeth & ninja'ed their way into the big ships.

historically, pirates were often funded by governments (privateers) or "silent partners" who were usually rich, respectable folk - either for the booty or to harrass enemies.


so i suggest the real question is: who are their investors, & what's their aim?

the location is interesting, geopolitically.
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  - In the order you asked:  DRoseDARs   Nov-17-08 07:38 AM   #5 
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     - Thats the Kim Jong ill formula for success  ohio2007   Nov-17-08 06:41 PM   #26 
  - I doubt the "poor starving somalians" answer. my question would be, if they're poor & starving, how  Hannah Bell   Nov-18-08 03:14 AM   #34 
  - "Run up the Skull & Boner flag. Smirk." - Commander AWOL Bush (R)  SpiralHawk   Nov-17-08 07:20 AM   #2 
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  - And yet another band of pirates will bring it to our gas stations  boobooday   Nov-17-08 07:42 AM   #6 
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  - Here's a story I heard in Egypt  onager   Nov-17-08 11:34 AM   #12 
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  - Whatever happened to that Ukrainian arms shipment? (nt)  Posteritatis   Nov-17-08 01:59 PM   #14 
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  - like the Barbary Pirates attacking American shipping in 1799  kwassa   Nov-17-08 02:09 PM   #15 
  - Don't forget Caesar.  bushmeister0   Nov-17-08 02:30 PM   #17 
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  - This story interests me  Inchworm   Nov-18-08 08:08 AM   #41 
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