2008 September 28 Sunday
Which Muslims Will Get Hijacked Ship Cargo?

The hijacking of a Ukranian freighter with a likely Russian arms shipment to the government of Sudan hasn't reached a conclusion yet.

Islamist extremists prepared last night to unload rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns from a Ukrainian freighter seized by Somali pirates even as foreign warships surrounded the vessel.

Kenya says the shipment belongs to it. But there's a twist:

Kenya's Government said that it was awaiting the weaponry aboard the ship, but similar shipments in the past have been sent on to southern Sudan.

So either the Islamists in Somalia use the loot to fight their way to power in Somalia or the goods move on to Sudan where Muslim fighters use them against Christians and animists in Darfur. International law calls out for which choice exactly?

Do we a have a dog in this fight? Maybe a member of Obama's Luo tribe serves to make a big commission on it and we should make sure the shipment reaches Kenya? But then again, maybe the profits will go to rival Kalenjin and so we should let the Somalis have it? Or if McCain wins maybe we should let the Kalenjin make the money? Tribal intrigue anyone?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 September 28 02:45 PM  Chaotic Regions

mark said at September 28, 2008 3:11 PM:

I suspect the Russians will retaliate rather fiercely. Maybe raze the village from whence the pirates came? Something needs to be done.

Claude said at September 28, 2008 4:21 PM:

One hopes so. The Russians aren't worried about nonsense like public relations, press reaction or liberal whining.

Dave said at September 28, 2008 6:29 PM:

Southern Sudan is a semi-independent Christian region who've fought wars to try to keep it that way.

As long as the Russians get paid or compensated I doubt they give a toss.

Ned said at September 29, 2008 6:13 AM:

I agree. It was a Ukrainian, not a Russian, freighter that got snatched. The Russians won't care a fig which tribe gets the goodies as long as they get paid.

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