The capture and rescue of Captain Richard Phillips has been around about the top story in the world for days. And now he’s free there’s been even more handsome praise for the bravery, selflessness and heroism of a man who put his life at risk to protect his crew.
But in the middle of all of this, there are some of you who feel the praise should be heading in the direction of the pirates. The argument goes that theirs is a country without an effective government since 1991, that’s been largely abandoned by the outside world, that is in desperate need of money and food and that has had its fishing waters violated.
In such a situation how else could Somalis react? And if piracy gets money and attention then isn’t that so much the better?
The counter is that these pirates aren’t Robin Hoods, but gangsters who are keen to make themselves rich not to serve the greater good.
So should the international community be coming down hard on the pirates or concentrating on listening to the reasons that Somalis have so few options at the moment?
Johann Hari argues the pirates have ‘some justice on their side’.