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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What Age of Piracy Are We in Now?

If the Golden Age of Piracy took place in during the end of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth, what does that say about us 300 years later? Were the Barbary Coast pirates in Tripoli at the beginning of the 1800s considered the Silver Age? Are there other pirate ages that I'm not aware of (certainly possible)? So can we call ourselves the Bronze Age of Piracy?

Those Somali pirates have been busy. There was the hijacking of the oil tanker a little while ago, and more recently they took a grain ship from Hong Kong. I can understand the desire to take what's not yours, and I certainly see how the open sea could make people feel like there's no law or authority. But what still confuses me is the question of where the heck the pirates expect to bury treasure such as two million barrels of oil or 36,000 metric tons of wheat. That can't be easy.


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