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Pirates hijack ship, want $20 million for utility infielder

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Batman, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Pirates (OK, not THOSE Pirates) have hijacked a ship full of Russian tanks, ammo and parts off the coast of Somalia. They want $20 million for it. A U.S. destroyer is on station and a Russian missile cruiser is on the way. Methinks they're not gonna get the money.

  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    If Russia had a salary cap, none of this would have happened.
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    But what if Putin rears his head?
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Could they settle for better pitching?
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    If only Sarah Palin could see Somalia from Alaska, she'd know what to do!

    Seriously, I think the Russians should just sink the mofo. Sends a good message to the pirates.
  6. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    With Putin calling the shots, I wouldn't put sinking it out of the question. Only problem is there's still about 20 crewmen being held hostage somewhere on board. We'll probably be hearing about a successful Russian special forces operation to free them -- and 15 very dead Somali pirates -- sometime this week.
  7. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    First post and that ball ain't coming back. BYH jacked it on to Kenmore Avenue.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I doubt the Russians would be very squeamish about sacrificing their own citizens in order to send a message. I doubt they'll even bother with storming it. the only question is whether they'll use a sub-launched torpedo or a boat-launched missile to do the deed.
  9. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    With the government-controlled media, Putin just says the pirates executed the crew then the Russians sunk the ship to keep the weapons from falling into terrorists' hands.
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Huh. The original link goes to an updated story now. Interesting. Anyhoo, the shipping company is negotiating a ransom. U.S. ships -- several now, not just the one destroyer -- surrounding the freighter to prevent the cargo from being offloaded.
    And the ship is Ukrainian, the crew Ukrainian, Russian and Latvian. Sinking the ship might spark an international incident with a group of countries that can put up a fight.
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Ah, thought it was a Russian ship.

    However, if any of the pirate speed boats make any move away from the freighter they should be blown to kingdom come.
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    and I'm sure they will.
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