Apparently, Somali pirates have released two ships after receiving $1.67 million for one and an undisclosed amount for the other. They currently hold a Saudi supertanker with $100 million in oil. They want $25 million in ransom.
Pirates? In this day and age? What the hell? As long as companies and nations keep paying ransoms, this idiots will keep taking ships. Apparently, they're pretty damn good at it if they can capture a ship like that oil tanker.
This is nuts. I know its a hard sell to the families of the hostages and I feel for them, but paying the ransom only encourages these douche bags. The Russians are all for attacking the pirates' land bases. The U.N. Security Council wants to impose sanctions and freeze assets of individuals providing support to the pirates.
This is a situation where the judicious application of force is required. For once, the Russians have the right idea.