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Somali Islamic Radicals Sieze French Yacht

Well, yeah, there are a number of news sources wh0 call them “Pirates”. I’ll get to that.  Meanwhile, a report on the site of my hometown’s Channel 10:

(AP) PARIS – [1] France’s military is keeping close tabs on a French luxury yacht seized by pirates off Somalia’s coast, and officials hope to avoid using force to free the 30 crew members, the prime minister said Saturday.

Attackers stormed the 288-foot Le Ponant on Friday as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, toward the Mediterranean Sea, officials with French maritime transport company CMA-CGM said.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said officials were “following the hostage situation minute by minute.”

“Our priority is to protect the lives of the people on board,” Fillon said while visiting the town of Le Mans. “All channels of discussion are open to try to resolve this case by trying not to use force.”

As to the title of “Pirate”, Ace brings something to the table: [2]

Pirate. I do not think that word means what they think it means. For instance, the “Barbary Pirates” were not pirates as you and I traditionally know them. It would be better to think of them as privateers in the service of the ummah–the Islamic nation. Hence, these Islamist privateers generally preyed only upon non-Muslims. Personal gain is fine in the service of jihad.

Actually, that makes a great deal more sense than simple pirates attacking this yacht.

Now, that having been covered, these Islamic nutbags operating in Somalia are not exactly fresh news. Even here in the kindly west, we’ve known about them for quite some time.  So what the devil was this yacht doing operating there?