- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009


Arnaud de Borchgrave recently opined on Somalian piracy (“Al Qaeda’s navy?” Opinion, Monday), but to what point? Did he bring up America’s earlier run-in with Barbary pirates in order to suggest something similarly “daring” by the United States in modern clothes?

Here is a plan to change course in dealing with modern piracy. Send in a submarine or two on picket duty in the area. If the sea craft of the pirates are as flimsy as Mr. de Borchgrave’s article implies, they should be easy targets for the subs. I guess the subs should practice the attacks at night just to get the hang of it. After a few pirate ships are mysteriously lost, it probably would reduce the number of piracies, if not altogether right away, then soon.


Gainesville, Va.

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