April 21, 2009


Associated Press photo

The lone surviving Somali pirate from this month's high seas hostage drama arrived in the U.S. last night. Seen in photos handcuffed and shackled, 16-year old Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse SMILED for the throngs of reporters outside a federal jail.
Does he realize what's happening to him?

According to reports he told his captors "We're just hungry and poor, please don't kill me."
Muse was reportedly outside his home in a small town in Somalia when armed pirates came and got him.

Do you have sympathy for this for young Somali pirate?

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  1. He is not just a kid. A 16 year old would be tried as an adult in our country and we baby our young people. In most societies (I'm sure Somalia is no different) a 16 year old is a man taking care of his own business. This cat should get no consideration due to his age.

  2. Very good points!

    The title of my piece speaks to the extremes of this situation. For 4 or 5 days we watched the high seas drama play out, complete with no less than two Navy fighters, 3 Navy Seals, Navy Central Command, FBI hostage negotiators and the White House. When I saw the handcuffed and shackled, SMILING face being escorted into jail by authorities, my first reaction was, 'He's just a kid, he doesn't know the severity of this situation." Those killed were in their teens as well. All in all, I think that just like the violence played out on urban streets across the country, it's still a symptom of a big problem ... hopelessness.

  3. The streets of america play out a version of an indoctrinated hoplessness. People in the cities around the country are bombarded with "facts" that lead them into states of mind that are artificial. To liken the worst situation on the streets in the worst neighborhood in america, and the severity of the situations to Somalia is a stretch. Actually such a comparison places the situation in Somalia in a place where it can not even dream of reaching.

  4. The mother of this criminal says has the nerve to ask the president to let her child go (hmm I wonder why. Would she have asked any other president the same thing?) because he was coaxed into piracy by "gangsters with money." I guess that shoots down the gunpoint angle. The address below leads to the story.


  5. The article that I posted in the original blog includes the mothers appeal to Obama, along with comments made by the suspect's father as well. I took all of those comments into account before coming up with the poll question.

    And you're right it is quite a stretch to liken the situation in urban America with what is going on is Somalia, but that was not what I was referring to. I draw parallels to the reckless abandon of those pirates to the rashness of those carrying out random (and not so random) acts of violence here at home. The common denominator is hopelessness.

  6. The denominator is not common. The hopelessness that exists in most of america is a manufactured hoplessness. Hearts and minds have been conditioned for generations to believe that their situation is hopeless. If we take the time to to break down the walls, we will see that america has opportunity that is indeed boundless (ask Barry Obama). In a place like Somalia, people do live in circumstances that are truly void of hope. Not hope to live like the Joneses, but hope to merely eat and sleep indoors. We do not know what poor is in this country.

  7. Again, excellent points!
    Any way you look at it, however one chooses to define or describe it; hopelessness--real or manufactured--keeps folks stuck right where 'dey at!

  8. If it is manufactured that means there is a way to break it. If there is a way to break it, that means we need "breakers".

  9. YeahWEdo, and I'm sure you don't mean 'break' the law!

  10. Break the cycle!! Break the illusion of hopelessness!!