High Seas

Pirates Bounce Back

American ship captain Richard Phillips may be safe and sound, but trouble with the Somali pirates is just beginning: “In the future, America will be the one mourning and crying,” a Somali pirate told the Associated Press after the rescue operation that killed three of his comrades. Vice Admiral Bill Gortney said “There's second and third order effects to every action. And this could escalate violence in this part of the world. No question about it." Gortney added that the rescue mission was ordered because Phillips’ life was in “imminent danger.” President Obama authorized the attack himself: While one pirate was on board the main ship to negotiate, Phillips moved to the side of the lifeboat on which he was being held to relieve himself, and US forces shot the three pirates on the lifeboat with him.