Could this be one of those tests that Joe Biden was talking about?
Posted by Liberty on November 18, 2008
If you’ve been paying attention to international news lately, you’ve probably observed an increasing number of pirate attacks. This is a fairly frightening scenario, especially considering the threats to peace and freedom that still remain in the world. This Financial Times article quotes Admiral Mike Mullen, who does not think that the pirates are connected with Islamic terrorism. I hope that he is correct.
“Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs, on Monday said he was ‘stunned’ that the pirates were able to operate so far out at sea.
‘What strikes me about this particular supertanker is how far away from Africa it was,’ said Adm Mullen.
He said he is seeing an extraordinary rise in the number of piracy attempts, but the number of successful attacks has fallen.
The Navy officer said he had seen no evidence that terrorists were sponsoring some of the piracy attacks that have occurred off the east coast of Africa.
‘The piracy syndicate that I have looked at in the past is pretty well backed financially. I have not seen any connection to al-Qaeda or to terrorists.'”