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    (They are certainly upping the ante, if I had to sail around those parts I ain't going without some RPG's and a mounted .50 cal gun. F**k being taken hostage and murdered on Youtube or ogrish.)

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    (CBS/AP) A pirate gang that staged an abortive attack on a second U.S. ship loaded with food aid said Wednesday they were singling out American vessels and would kill their crews. French forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid.

    Pirates fired grenades and automatic weapons at the cargo ship Liberty Sun, but its American crew successfully blockaded themselves inside the engine room. A pirate whose gang attacked the ship said Wednesday that his group was targeting American ships and sailors.

    "We will seek out the Americans and if we capture them we will slaughter them," said a 25-year-old pirate based in the Somali port of Harardhere who gave only his first name, Ismail.

    "We will target their ships because we know their flags. Last night, an American-flagged ship escaped us by a whisker. We have showered them with rocket-propelled grenades," boasted Ismail, who did not take part in the attack on the Liberty Sun.

    The move comes after U.S. Navy sharpshooters killed three pirates Sunday to win the release of a hijacked American sea captain, Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. will pursue new efforts to track down and freeze the assets of pirates, who have reaped multimillion-dollar ransoms for ships they have captured.

    "We may be dealing with a 17th century crime, but we need to bring 21st century solutions to bear," she said at a news conference in Washington.

    Clinton said the Obama administration also would call for immediate meetings of an international counter-piracy task force to expand naval coordination against pirates operating in the key shipping lanes off Somalia.

    French forces launched an early morning attack on a pirate ship after spotting it Tuesday with a surveillance helicopter and observing the pirates overnight. The raid thwarted the bandits' planned attack on the Liberian cargo ship Safmarine Asia, the French Defense Ministry said.

    The statement called the pirate vessel a "mother ship" - usually a seized foreign ship that pirates use to transport speedboats far out to sea and resupply them. The ship was intercepted 550 miles east of the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

    The 11 detained pirates were being held on the Nivose, a French frigate serving in the international fleet trying to protect shipping in the Gulf of Aden.

    France has traditionally been aggressive in fighting piracy - this was its ninth military operation against pirates. Three Somali pirates were in the French city of Rennes on Wednesday facing judicial investigation after being captured in a hostage rescue Friday. Several other pirates are also in French custody after being seized last year.

    CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor reports that the continued attacks have triggered outrage and raised renewed questions, like:

    Why don't the ships take a different route, like going around the bottom of Africa versus traveling through the treacherous waters off Somalia? In this case: time is money. The Cape route takes 8-10 more days - a long delay that cost companies up to $40,000 a day, Glor reports.

    Why not create a narrow shipping lane that is protected by warships? This is a stronger possibility now, according to experts, given that the pirates currently patrol a vast area - 1.2 million square miles, reports Glor. But it would still require hundreds of ship to patrol a narrow corridor.

    "Frankly you just don't have enough naval vessels in the world that you would want to commit to that type of a mission," said counterterrorism expert Juan Zarate.

    Why can't the U.S. simply eliminate pirate land bases through air raids or missile strikes? It's a complicated issue but one problem is that pirate organizations are small and scattered - making them hard targets, reports Glor.

    Tuesday's attack on the Liberty Sun foiled the reunion between Phillips and the 19-man crew he saved with his heroism. Phillips had planned to meet his crew in Mombasa and fly home with them Wednesday, but was stuck on the USS Bainbridge when it was diverted to help the Liberty Sun.

    The crew left without him, flying to Andrews Air Force base in Maryland in a chartered plane.

    "We are very happy to be going home," crewman William Rios of New York City said before departing Wednesday. "(But) we are disappointed to not be reuniting with the captain in Mombasa. He is a very brave man."

    The Liberty Sun had left Houston with a crew of 20 American sailors and a load of aid for the U.N. World Food Program. It warded off the pirates with evasive maneuvers, said U.S. Navy Lt. Nathan Christensen of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

    "We are under attack by pirates, we are being hit by rockets. Also bullets," Liberty Sun crewman Thomas Urbik, 26, wrote his mother in an e-mail. "We are barricaded in the engine room and so far no one is hurt. (A) rocket penetrated the bulkhead but the hole is small. Small fire, too, but put out."

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    The U.S., and other nations, are going to have to take some decisive action, but it's going to be hard with the massive area that these pirates patrol. And why isn't the African Union getting involved?

    But, for the time being, the shipping companies are going to have to take better security measures, like arming the crew or hiring private security forces to go along on the ships. Because if I had to be on one of those ships there's no way in hell I wouldn't have a gun to protect myself.

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    Why are they being so obtuse? You don't have to go searching for them at sea, bomb their home bases. It would also be easy to allow commercial ships some basic armament, they don't need anything big, just some basic protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    Why are they being so obtuse? You don't have to go searching for them at sea, bomb their home bases. It would also be easy to allow commercial ships some basic armament, they don't need anything big, just some basic protection.
    I think one of the reasons why they haven't bombed the pirates' home bases is due to the amount of hostages they're still holding.

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    What a great employment opportunity for some private group of expert marksmen right now. Hire themselves out for lots of money (still cheaper than ransom) and do what they're good at.

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