Friday, September 26, 2008

Pirates Hit the Jackpot

Whoa! Look what I brung home, Mom!

A Russian warship on Friday rushed to intercept a Ukrainian vessel carrying 33 battle tanks and ammunition that was seized by pirates off the Horn of Africa

It was unclear whether the pirates who seized the Faina Thursday knew ahead of time it was carrying 33 Russian-designed T-72 tanks, plus ammunition and spare parts, bound for Kenya. Analysts said it would be extremely difficult to sell such weaponry as Russian tanks

Oh, I dunno. Throw in a lifetime warranty and 1,000 gallons of diesel---hell, that's a deal!! After all, "lifetime" for a tank may not last too long, especially with drivers who don't know what all those funny Cyrillic letters actually spell out...You could even offer E-Z credit terms, with a small $250K downstroke.

The Russkis sent a warship to chase the Ukrainian ship.

Middleton [a civilian analyst] said it was unclear how the pirates might react if confronted by military action, noting that they have fled from authorities in the past. On the other hand, he said, they are usually well-armed and organized and are based in an unstable country — Somalia.

"It could potentially get pretty messy," he said.

Ya think?

1 comment:

Grim said...

Sell them? With 33 T-72s, they could own Somalia this time next week.