Thursday, April 16, 2009
Meetings Don't Make A Strategy
I realize that politicians want to show how they are "doing something" but these meetings should have already been taking place. Why wasn't piracy a front-and-center issue at the NATO summit? Don't we already have quasi-diplomatic contacts with the separatist governments in Somalia (perhaps we don't).
The real challenge begins when the meetings are done. We've already had discussions about increasing the multilateral effort, about more countries prepared to prosecute pirates, about what industry should be doing. What happens if/when others don't step up to the plate? That's the eventuality we need to be planning for.
That's what I suggested in my other comment to the Somali piracy problem post.
I described it at some length.
Actually, your proposal of stationing marines on ships for transiting the area is different (I would have armed marshals on board all the time). But if what you propose has been successful at reducing piracy in the Straits of Malaccca, then it may be a better solution for having been tested.