What Options are now available to the United States in this Crisis?
Should we pay the $2 Million Ransom and Grant Safe Passage back to the Mainland which is what the Pirates are demanding?
So Far this year there have been 66 attacks in the Gulf of Aden Region. With
the attack on the Italian Vessel today the number of ships currently that are being held by Pirates stands at 13. This puts
the number of Hostages being held against their will to be at least 200 People!
So why should Bad Behavior be rewarded?
The Arrival of US Naval Assets particularly the Boxer will
greatly increase US Options to resolve the Situation. Although the FBI is negotiating with the Pirates for a Peaceful Resolution
of this crisis.
The USS Boxer carries Assault Helicopters and has a Battalion of
Marines onboard. It also is capable of being used as a Platform in case the SEALS wish to conduct a rescue operation.
The Pirates have stated that if the US launches a Military Operation they
will Kill Captain Phillips. He has already tried to escape once already so is this a Hollow Threat made by desperate people?