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Guest Post: ‘Adding Perspective to Piracy’
Friday 30 Jan 2009, 11:13
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Guest Post: ‘Adding Perspective to Piracy’.

In order to commit a crime you need three elements to exist. Ability, Motive and Opportunity. Two of the elements never change. You must have the ability, and in piracy, the criminals have weapons, men and small vessels. Opportunity is a situation where you may create the opportunity by just being in the right place at the right time, or by more sophisticated means of surveillance and planning. Regardless, you must be present.

Motive happens to be the changing element. It must be present, but it can change with circumstance. For example, the Somali pirate claims the element to be derived from other countries violating its fishing resources and dumping of toxic waste reducing fishing resources.

This may have been true in the beginning but has evolved to a motive of pure financial gain. This is where we need to start getting our perspective of the Somali pirate. How is that different from the criminals operating in South Central Los Angeles, Compton, Queens or any other big city neighborhood?

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