Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Russian Solution to Somalian Pirates: Would Ayn Rand Approve?

A Russian luxury yacht company is offering pirate-hunting cruises off the coast of Somalia...passengers can try their hand at repelling raiders with the help of a squad of former troops...(Not available online, NY Post, Weird but True, 6/25/2009)

This, you have to admit, is an unusual approach to the piracy problem. With state actors evidently unable to stop pirates, except in highly publicized executions and raids, a big Russian yacht with some ex-Red Army guys to train passengers in how to use AK-47s, might be watched closely by shipping companies. shipping company owners might then seriously consider arming crews of their ships instead of expecting the much-reduced Navies of the world to pick up the tab.


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