Oh you know, just a regular ol' day...New York Times is just reporting on Somali Pirates who stole some ship loaded with weapons from the Ukraine...no big deal.
Some of the article's most brilliant insights:
In a 45-minute interview, Mr. Sugule [head pirate] expounded on everything from what the pirates wanted ("just money") to why they were doing this ("to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters") to what they had to eat on board (rice, mean, bread, spaghetti, "you know, normal human-being food.")
He said that so far, in the eyes of the world, the pirates had been misunderstood. "We don't consider ourselves sea bandits," he said. "We consider sea bandits those who illegally fish in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas. We are simply patrolling our seas. Think of us like a coast guard."
Mr. Sugule said his men were treating the crew members well. (The pirates would not let the crew members speak on the phone, saying it was against their rules.)
When asked why the pirates needed $20 million to protect themselves from hunger, Mr. Sugule laughed and said, "Because we have a lot of men."