Can you spell?

Ready for some more brainwashing? Lloyd’s List issued two bulletins yesterday, May 15th, and the opening sentences were as follows:

“It has long been known that the battle to curb piracy would have to be fought on the shore …

“The fight against piracy in Somalia has been taken on land. Naval forces confirm their first coastal strike and the International Maritime Organization secretary-general says the solution to piracy can only be found ashore …” –

We printed Vol. XXVIII, Art. 7, on June 15th last year, and we were quoting a report we saw in the Singapore Business Times. Here’s some of it:

“‘In the last six months, Somali pirates attacked more vessels than ever before and they’re taking higher risks,’ IMB director Pottengal Mukundan said in a statement.

“‘This June, for the first time pirates fired on ships in rough seas in the Indian Ocean during the monsoon season. In the past, they would have stayed away in such difficult conditions. Masters should remain vigilant,’ he said …

“More than 60 percent were by Somali pirates, the majority of which were in the Arabian Sea, but bigger ‘mother ships’ equipped with more sophisticated equipment have allowed them to stay at sea longer and strike farther than they were able to do in the past …” –

“What bunk! Although the U.S. Navy is the most powerful military force the world has ever seen – or could even imagine – that rag-tag bunch of so-called Somalian ‘pirates’ seem to have the upper hand. If you believe that, maybe you’d be interested in buying a pretty good sized bridge we’re offering for sale.

“‘Mother ships’ and ‘sophisticated equipment’? Now where do you suppose those third-worlders got that stuff? Can you spell C-I-A?

“And although- according to the highest U.S. Naval sources – we’re desperately trying to build up to a ‘313-ship Navy by inveigling additional hundreds of billions of dollars from tragically uninformed U.S. taxpayers – not too long ago, you may recall, a loose-lipped Naval source was bragging about the 400-plus ships we already had. But that ‘313-ship’ little white lie had to be told, you understand, because ‘313 ships’ aren’t quite enough to stop that handful of half-baked Somalian rascals. We need ‘way more than that for the job ahead of us. Somalia has oodles of oil – as if you didn’t know – and those pirates who are on our payroll – as if you didn’t know – are giving us the convenient false-flag opportunity to put American kids’ ‘boots-on-the-ground’.” –

And the trade-off? Can you spell B-O-D-Y B-A-G-S for O-I-L?