Posted 25 July 2009 - 10:42 AM
The question isn't what excuses these pirates use to justify kidnapping innocent bystanders and ransoming them for hundreds of thousands of dollars a piece but what they'd do if Somalia was landlocked. Would they have bought speedboats? Would they get jobs? Would they become land pirates? Someone, hurry up and make a sitcom out of this notion so we can do some in depth research.
"I felt insulted until I realized that the people trying to mock me were the same intellectual titans who claimed that people would be thrown out of skyscrapers and feudalism would be re-institutionalized if service cartels don't keep getting political favors and regulations are cut down to only a few thousand pages worth, that being able to take a walk in the park is worth driving your nation's economy into the ground, that sexual orientation is a choice that can be changed at a whim, that problems caused by having institutions can be solved by introducing more institutions or strengthening the existing ones that are causing the problems, and many more profound pearls of wisdom. I no longer feel insulted because I now feel grateful for being alive and witnessing such deep conclusions from my fellows."
-Jimmy McTavern, 1938.