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The Danes pay up

Somali Pirates got about a million and a half buck from the Danish government for the release of the crew of a cargo ship hijacked a few months ago. Not good.

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The Danish government did NOT pay any money to the pirates. As the opening sentences of the article you linked to state, "The Danish government says the owners of a Danish cargo ship seized by Somali pirates in June paid a ransom to secure its return.

A spokesman said the government was disappointed, but understood why the Danica White's owners had paid for the release of the ship and its five crew."

The Danes did pay up, just not the Danish government, it appears.

Yes, Dale, "the Danes did pay up," if by that you mean the Danes who own the cargo ship. But if you mean the Danish people as a whole, then, again, it's not so. This is why I noted Mr. Schramm's error in the first place, as I thought it somewhat significant. It's an important distinction, that between a private firm and a national government, and I'm surprised to be noting it here of all places.

But, the Danish government did not pay up:

"Somali Pirates got about a million and a half buck from the Danish government."

The bits about the US actions and following are most revealing of the state of the world.

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