So I'm watching Captain Phillips, and got wondering. Why do shipping companies not employ a few armed security guards on ships. It would be so easy to light up the pirates from such an elevated vantage position.
Okay saw it til the end. Which incidentally was very good. I liked the part at the end with the doc, really showed how much of an ordeal it actually was, because throughout 95% of the film he looked like he wasn't bothered.
The whole Somali pirates thing has been whitewashed so thoroughly no one considers why they came into existence. The core root of the problem are two-fold: international boats stealing Somali marine resources and the dumping of toxic nuclear waste and heavy metals that has caused a spike in cancer and other illnesses all along the coast.
What were these fishermen who had their livelihoods taken away by foreigners who employ techniques banned around the world meant to do?
I'm not saying the pirates are justified, but they didn't just appear randomly.
Quite funny BBC article recently said piracy has gone down a lot, because of three things.
Naval presence, improving situation in Somalia, armed guards. So yes, apparently companies did start using armed guards.