Piracy: From Cutlass to AK-47
Very interesting article by Angus Konstam on BBC online; I’m sure it will ring true to many of us.
The Royal Navy this week shot dead two Somali pirates after intercepting a boat in the mouth of the Red Sea. But Britain’s battle with but Britain’s battle against international piracy goes back a long, long way.
“(…) The trouble with our view of piracy is that the word has become romanticised. It conjures up images of Jack Sparrow rather than someone wielding an AK-47. The hard-edged reality of modern piracy involves murder, kidnapping, extortion and rape. (…)”