The Russians have shown up off Somalia, and were in action alongside the British. After all that posturing over Georgia, it’s interesting to see a joint action like this taking place. Not that the original mission, the return of the Faina, is anywhere near being done, but if that gets handled soon and the Russians decide to pitch in over the long term, at least it looks like they can coordinate pretty well with other vessels in the theater.
Monthly Archives: November 2008
Part the Eighty Seventh is now up, and can be read here.
And if you know or meet a veteran today, thank him or her!
Truth to tell, I’d never heard of Klaus Störtebeker before this piece about Stralsund’s favorite son was published today in the NY TIMES. It seems interesting that in desperation for national heroes under de-Nazification, that the East Germans would turn to a pirate of all things…
No, this remark isn’t meant to be flippant; it’s just mind-boggling that a Communist country would hold up as an ideal a person in a profession that bleeds free market enterprise taken to the nth degree. In many ways, pirates in all eras are the ultimate capitalists; they assess the value of goods they come across, then try to convert these into usable capital, often through offering them to a market that will give them as close to that value as possible. And more often than not, what you end up with at the end of the operation is a trading venture that just happened to have involved a major element of violence.
Mind you, sometimes it goes badly. The Cilician pirates kidnapping Gaius Iulius comes to mind as a bad move, as does the Somali seizure of the Faina, which is still in holding.
If there’s anyone out there reading this and saying “Hey, I can do that!” then this is your time: It NaNoWriMo season again! If you have a story you’re burning to share and are willing to get 50,000 words or more of it uploaded before the end of November, here’s your chance. And hey, if like me you feel that you thrive when working to deadline, then what better challenge do you have than producing 1,666 words per day average?
Part the Eighty Fifth is now up, and may be read here.
And for those readers in the Untied States, tis be a reminder that it be the time of our national parley. Git on our there and vote!
Yesterday’s NYT had an article about Somali pirates in their havens. Did anyone else notice that, save for some of the technology that crept into the description, the street scenes reported from Boosaaso could have greeted visitors who went to Port Royale or Tortuga back in the late 17th century?
Some things, it seems, never change, no matter when they occur…