"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson
Sept. 23, 1800

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Blackbeard would be proud. Pirates have captured probably the biggest booty in history with the hijacking of a Saudi supertanker holding 2 million barrels of crude oil in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya. Russian, Nato, India and the United States all have a naval presence in the region, but piracy is still rampant.

Some have called this terrorism, but I think that cheapens the term. What we're seeing off the coast of East Africa is entirely profit-driven. It's good olde fashioned piracy. It'll be fun to see how the new administration handles this, because it may give us a hint as to how they would deal with real terrorists.

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