Ill-gotten gains going to Haitian relief

Joseph Finlay
Move over newly annointed global warming spokesman Osama Bin Laden, you have a new competitor this week for the title of "Most Outrageous Thing an International Terrorist(s) Would Say."

The Somali pirates - longtime pillars of the international community - have claimed the moral high ground on the high seas and pledged to send a generous aid package to Haiti. Dave Thier of AOL News has the gut-busting details:

Somali pirates have vowed to redistribute some of the millions of dollars they have stolen in the past few years to those suffering from the earthquake in Haiti, reports Agencia Matriz del Sur, a Spanish-language website that says it seeks to counter the media influence of wealthy countries. Somali pirates often divide their booty and distribute it to family and local citizens -- a tactic also used by American gangs to develop community goodwill.With language worthy of Errol Flynn's schmaltziest "Robin Hood" moments, an unnamed spokeman for the pirates accused the United States and Europe of having "no moral authority" to distribute aid, telling Agencia Matriz del Sur that "they have been the ones pirating mankind for many years.

According to pirate leaders, "connections in various parts of the world" will ensure that they are capable of delivering aid without detection or, conveniently, accountability.

You have to give these guys a modicum of credit as they are no dummies and are quick study's in how the Redistribution game is played. The United States should welcome wholeheartedly the planned Somali pirate relief effort and the intelligence gathering bonanza sure to follow. The Administration will have to work out all those irksome details about where to try the well-meaning miscreants once they are detained, but first things first. Let's just hope it doesn't hurt the Carribean cruise line industry in this tough economy.


Move over newly annointed global warming spokesman Osama Bin Laden, you have a new competitor this week for the title of "Most Outrageous Thing an International Terrorist(s) Would Say."

The Somali pirates - longtime pillars of the international community - have claimed the moral high ground on the high seas and pledged to send a generous aid package to Haiti. Dave Thier of AOL News has the gut-busting details:

Somali pirates have vowed to redistribute some of the millions of dollars they have stolen in the past few years to those suffering from the earthquake in Haiti, reports Agencia Matriz del Sur, a Spanish-language website that says it seeks to counter the media influence of wealthy countries. Somali pirates often divide their booty and distribute it to family and local citizens -- a tactic also used by American gangs to develop community goodwill.

With language worthy of Errol Flynn's schmaltziest "Robin Hood" moments, an unnamed spokeman for the pirates accused the United States and Europe of having "no moral authority" to distribute aid, telling Agencia Matriz del Sur that "they have been the ones pirating mankind for many years.

According to pirate leaders, "connections in various parts of the world" will ensure that they are capable of delivering aid without detection or, conveniently, accountability.

You have to give these guys a modicum of credit as they are no dummies and are quick study's in how the Redistribution game is played. The United States should welcome wholeheartedly the planned Somali pirate relief effort and the intelligence gathering bonanza sure to follow. The Administration will have to work out all those irksome details about where to try the well-meaning miscreants once they are detained, but first things first. Let's just hope it doesn't hurt the Carribean cruise line industry in this tough economy.