A tanker carrying 266,000 tons of crude worth $200 million been siezed by pirates 400 miles southeast of Muscat in Oman. Pirates based in Somalia are now ranging farther out into the Indian Ocean than ever before. From the article: At the moment, shipping companies continue to pay tens of millions of dollars to ransom their ships back from the pirates - money that is used to maintain and supply the pirate "fleet" operating out of Somali waters. Obviously new efforts need to be made to curb Somali piracy. The ultimate solution is the creation of some sort of functioning Somali state that will abide by international law. But in the meantime, what do we do? An effective naval blockade of Somalia to contain and capture/destroy pirate ships would be dangerous and incredibly expensive. Unless we change international law, we cannot arm merchant ships with any sort of offensive weapons. Convoy with naval escort would be an effective way of stopping attacks, but would shipping companies and UN member nations be willing to commit the necessary force and levels of cooperation? It's only ever been attempted in the modern era under war conditions. Would it be better to focus efforts on stabilizing the political situation in Somalia? We've not made much progress there in the last 10 years. Perhaps the threat to oil (the magic word) will spur governments to greater efforts? So far the pirates have proven quite slippery; for every pirate ship hunted down by naval vessels, several successfully capture and escape with their victims.