Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Avast Ye Mateys

Over the course of the last several years, there has been a lot of harsh rhetoric between North Korea and the United States. Recent allegations of the rogue nation's involvement in a suspected nuclear project in Syria certainly didn't help matters.

That's what makes a recent skirmish in the Indian Ocean all the more interesting. When a North Korean freighter was attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, it was a United States guided missile destroyer that came to the aid of the Dai Hong Dan. The crew of the freighter had managed to get off a distress signal before being overpowered. The USS James E. Williams responded by sending a helicopter to investigate. When the chopper arrived on the scene, the pirates became distracted long enough for the North Koreans to overpower their attackers. Two of the pirates were killed in the ensuing gun battle, and five others were captured.

No word on whether Johnny Depp was among the pirates.

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