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April 8th, 2009:

MINUTEMEN UPDATE: America 1, Pirates 0

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From the Barbary Pirates to the Pirates of the Caribbean to their contemporary brethren off the coast of Somalia, Americans have always had a fascination with pirates, and with kicking pirate ass. So it should come as no surprise that when a band of Somali pirates attacked the American crew of a freighter loaded with humanitarian goods, the crew didn’t surrender like they were some kind of Russian military cargo ship loaded with battle tanks.

No sir.

The crew fought back and managed to retake the ship.

The Scottsman has the story:

THE American crew of a hijacked US-flagged container ship retook control of the vessel from Somali pirates yesterday, but the captain was still being held hostage in a lifeboat, according to Pentagon officials and a member of the crew.

 The crew member said the 20-strong ship’s complement had managed to seize one pirate and then successfully negotiate their own release.

The man, who answered the ship’s satellite phone but did not identify himself, said the pirates were in a lifeboat.

However, he added that they were holding the ship’s captain hostage.

The news came some hours after Pentagon officials said the Maersk Alabama was no longer under the command of the Somali pirates who seized it far off the Horn of Africa.

US officials say an American warship, the US navy destroyer Bainbridge, and half a dozen other vessels are headed to the scene.

Maybe if the crews of those other ships the pirates attack would show some backbone, we could get this problem under control.

God Bless America!

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