KUALA LUMPUR: The US Navy (see link below) finally saved their captured cargo ship captain from the Somali pirates. The rescue came soon after the French navy was also successful in a separate rescue attempt last week. One had wished that the RMN had done the same thing when our ships were taken last year. But in the end we did the right thing by paying off the pirates.
Why? Because we simply do not have the capabilities to attempt a rescue operation. Moreover both of our ships and crews were held near land where a rescue operation are almost impossible. In all of the three rescue operations conducted by the French (two) and the US, all of the hostages were being held at sea, where the pirates lacked the tactical advantage. It was still very risky of course but by not having the hostages on land, the pirates doomed themselves.
Anyway, the US and French naval forces off the waters of Somalia right now were much capable than our RMN task force. Indeed the US Navy had enough resources to mount an amphibious assault on Somalia right now, if ordered by Barack Obama. The fact that they are bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, probably caused Obama to get the US Navy to limit itself to a rescue operation only.
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