That Somali Pirate Attack

The United States is crowing over having rescued a US ship’s captain from Somali pirates and killed three of the pirates in the process. The news is all over the world's television stations and the captain, Richard Phillips, and his crew are being welcomed home as heroes. What the US has not admitted, however, is the role of the ship, the Maersk line container ship "Maersk Alabama," let alone what this latest exercise in American firepower and exceptionalism means for the 120 or so mostly Asian crews of the vessels currently held captive by the Somali pirates.

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