A Chinese destroyer escorts two Chinese freighters in the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia. Warships from dozens of nations, including the United States, the European Union, China, India and Russia now patrol the region against a sudden upsurge in piracy, which costs the global shipping industry up to $50 billion a year. Despite the show of force, many experts argue that given Somalia's grinding poverty, eradicating piracy requires more than a naval solution.
Hassan Abdalla was on his way to deliver rice to starving Somalis when his freighter, the Semlow, was surrounded by small boats manned by pirates with AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs).
Claiming to belong to the so-called Somali Marines — the largest of the many pirate gangs ...