Saturday, October 22, 2011

UK racket instead of Somali piracy. Is it better

UK racket instead of Somali piracy. Is it better

In my article “Oceans Beyond Piracy with record-high lies, again” http://www.odin.tc/files/obp.asp I wrote, that the new study of OBP is meaningless, just because the basic conception of the study, the idea behind it, is outdated and wrong. All the criticism poured on OBP study by many experts, missed the main, basic flaw of OBP’s study – its’ outdated and wrong approach to the problem in general, with regards to latest developments. It means that critics basically, stick to the same understanding of Somali piracy and piracy environment, as OBP and organizations behind OBP.
The situation changed during past 7 months so dramatically, that presently, we can’t evaluate piracy using old criteria. A year ago world shipping massively started hiring private armed guards, as the only solution to the piracy problem. It was their reaction to official failure to provide the safety, the shipping cast aside all the activities of officialdom and navies as something absolutely irrelevant to the real woes of the shipping, and lay its’ hopes with good old market. The success of private guards was just stunning, something nobody involved in the piracy expected. The number of hijacks plummeted to near zero, meanwhile maritime officialdom, UN, IMO and States politicians, together with navies brass, suddenly found themselves looking like idiots with all their Best Management Practice versions, with their “Save Our Seafarers” campaign, conferences and round tables, with aspects of their “Fighting the Piracy” strategy.
 

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