Buy Them Off?

Naval War College faculty member Nikolas K. Gvosdev has an idea for dealing with the pirates:

It is interesting to note that the historical comparison with the Barbary Pirates gives us both models–force and accommodation. President Washington, for instance, did negotiate tribute arrangements to protect American shipping. Even after the “shores of Tripoli” incident, the U.S. would alternate between using the stick and the carrot.

There has been some interesting discussion about the possible applicability of the Petraeus model — an approach to tribal elders in the coastal villages about forming “sons of Somalia” groups that might be paid to act as “coastal security” — whether there might be impetus for such a move remains to be seen.

Whatever works, I say.

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