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World must make seas safe from piracy scourge

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s approach to the standoff involving the pirates holding US Captain Richard Phillips hostage off the coast of Somalia was right on the mark and in the end, he was rescued by US Navy Seals.

Previous administrations and the do-nothing UN have known about piracy on the high seas for many years but chose to ignore it.

Whatever the outcome of this incident, the US and UN must address this serious situation head on.

Piracy against any ship should be considered an attack on the homeland that harbours it. Pirates are nothing more than terrorists who must be brought to justice. It’s time to come together to work toward setting up some law and order rules and regulations regarding piracy and I would suggest that all nations participate in going after the existing pirates as soon as possible to make sure they do not strike again.

We’re talking about people living in freedom whether on the sea or on land. I’m glad Captain Phillips is back and in reasonably good shape and I hope all other hostages held by pirates are soon freed and returned to their loved ones.

Herb Stark


New York



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