October 25, 2013

Pirates Take 2 Americans Hostage off Nigerian Coast

The taking of foreign oil workers hostage off the Nigerian coast is not a new thing. In fact, just 10 years ago if you said the word "hostage" you'd think either Nigeria or Columbia, not Somalia. So, a return to the bad old days?

The good news is Nigerian pirates are generally all about the ransom. No beheading videos with screams of Allahu akbar here. Sure, some of the pirates are Muslim, but that's not the motivating force. Money is.

The bad news is that many of these oil companies take out insurance policies which cover ransoms. No joke. So, the pirates often do get a payout.

Now, I know this will come as a surprise to most liberals, but when an action is rewarded then that action tends to increase. It's why 4 out of 10 kids today are born bastards and social security disability roles have doubled. In this case, the pirates learn the important lesson that: hostage taking pays:

Two Americans were kidnapped by pirates after their ship was attacked off Nigeria's coast, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The U.S.-flagged oil supply vessel C-Retriever was targeted in the Gulf of Guinea early Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Maritime news website gCaptain reported that the ship's captain and its chief engineer had been abducted.

As always, we demand their immediate and unconditional release.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:12 AM | Comments |