I saw a movie recently and was subjected to a trailer for the new Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips”, a story of a cargo ship hijacked by Somali Pirates.
As we all know, Somali armed gunmen have terrorized international shipping traffic in the last 20 years, and in fact made a name for themselves for perpetrating the same kind of international violence in the time of Thomas Jefferson.
In 2009, the year of the Maersk Alabama hijacking, pirates carried out 214 attacks, leading to 47 hijackings. By 2011 it was up to 237, though the number of successful hijackings decreased. <source>
Piracy has impeded the delivery of shipments and increased shipping expenses, costing an estimated $6.6 to $6.9 billion a year in global trade according to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP). <source>
As the Hanks trailer progressed, I knew that I would soon be treated to a dose of solicitation of my sympathy for the Muslim hijackers who are the antagonists of the film, and of course I was not wrong.
In one scene, the Hanks character suggests to a pirate that “there’s got to be something other than kidnapping people…”, to which the pirate responds “…maybe in America…maybe in America...”.
Oh I see — because the hijacker is not living the good life in the United States, he has no choice but to do his evil deeds.
And just like that, we have journeyed Inside The Liberal Mind, where the victim is the abuser and the abuser is somehow the victim.
I don’t know how guys Like Hanks sleep at night, I really don’t.