Last week I was discussing the problem off the coast of Africa-- Islamic terrorism on the high seas-- with a trusted associate. The point was made that the ships at risk need to defend themselves. Eventually the discussion turned to our friends up the road, Blackwater, and what their position was on providing security and defense for these ships.
Well, today's WSJ has a story on just that issue. Blackwater USA would like to provide security for the ships at risk but there are some problems regarding whether the contractors are on their own ships or on the client's ship when returning fire. Interesting stuff to contemplate in that terror-filled region.