For years, the origin behind this surge of freebooting has been debated. Eventually, U.N. reports concluded that illegal fishing and dumping of toxic waste by foreign vessels have destroyed Somalia’s fishing supply and compelled many native anglers to resort to apprehending extralocal ships and stealing the resources onboard as a vindicated defense of their waters and reimbursement for lost fishing grounds. Many Somali warlords, coastal residents, and activists blame Western powers for instigating piracy, and demand the dismis...
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...ditions, the finest hauls never beget millions of dollars. Rather, too many Somalis have realized that a criminal life in piracy brings greater success than a regular life toiling in war-wracked cities such as Mogadishu. Truly, the chaos of Somalia prompted piracy, not the sapped fishing grounds and toxic waste dumping by European and Asian fleets.
Today, innocent sailors risk their lives doing their jobs against corsairs increasingly desperate to acquire coin from this fruitful, crooked venture. While replenished fishing stocks may slightly diminish these criminal incidences, it is fundamentally the formation of a permanent Somali state that would cease the lawlessness behind the piracy. Until the international community assists Somalia in this matter, inglorious swashbucklers will continue to engage in unwarranted piracy in the waters off the Horn of Africa.
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