Originally Posted by totemthepole
Always in the history
of piracy, it has been impossible without government collusion.
It's kind of tough to pull up and say "psst, wanna buy 50,000 tons of crude oil
True, but you do realize that most of the time, the pirates don't keep the gear
they steal. They simply ransom it for less than its actual value, which ensures that the Insurance
companies will pay up.
If you were to make it illegal to trade
with any company that paid ransom to pirates/terrorists, the market would quickly dry up.
Sounds like the Dutch captured a gang of them yesterday. The EU especially is really stepping up patrols recently and a number of big ships are carrying heavily armored guards. Once a few dozen of them go down in bloody massacres AND the insurance
companies are prevented from paying out, the willingness to fling themselves into low paying suicide missions will be quite a bit lower, one might thing.
but.. maybe i'm wrong.