While obviously a serious matter, several points did seem to be a little strange, and some, down right funny.
*"But this time the pirates may have got more than they bargained for. A Western diplomat in Kenya, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said the pirates would not have the know-how or the equipment to unload the tanks, which weigh more than 80,000 pounds.
“ If there are tanks on board,” the diplomat said, “I don’t think there’s a chance in hell they can get them unloaded.”"*
*"Alfred Mutua, a spokesman for the Kenyan government, said the tanks and other arms were for the Kenyan military, which has become a key ally of the West in the war against terrorism.
“We’re concerned,” Dr. Mutua said. “This is a big loss for us.” But, he added, “at least we have insurance.”*"
Somali officials say the pirates are growing in numbers, with more than 1,000 gunmen at their disposal, and they have evolved into a sophisticated organized crime ring with their headquarters along the rocky shores of northern Somalia. There is even a pirate spokesman (who could not be reached on Friday).