I wonder which principled member of our corporate media will point out that, in the big picture, the Somali pirates are acting in self-defense?
The Daily Kos is pretty much thinking in the same vein as well. They attack not the Somali barbaric savages, but Capt. Phillips.
The pirates' modus operandi is that they hold the crew, ship, and cargo harmlessly until a lot of money is paid to them. Phillips "heroic" actions put his crew and himself at risk. If he'd done nothing except acquiesce to the pirates' demands, there would have been no risk, just possible discomfort until the extortion money was paid. Instead he put himself and the Seals at grave risk.
But according to some fruitcakes, they are not so much pirates, but ecologists.
Some are clearly just gangsters. But others are trying to stop illegal dumping and trawling
Who cares what the motive is (which being off the coast of Somalia, I can only think they wanted a oceanside "Black Hawk Down" incident)? The thing now is that Captain Phillips is safe and three of these savages are dead, thanks to the brave work of the Navy SEALs.