Pohditaanpa vaihteeksi, että voisiko islamismissa olla jotain hyviäkin puolia. Esimerkiksi Afghanistanissa Taleban oli saanut kitkettyä oopiumintuotantoa alueelta. Talebanin kukistuttua oopiumintuotanto on taas kasvanut. Somaliassa islamistimilitantit olivat saaneet merirosvoilun vähenemään. Kun heidät häädettiin alueelta, merirosvoilu jälleen lisääntyi:
Reported attacks in Somalia rose rapidly to 26, up from eight a year earlier, the London-based International Maritime Bureau said through its piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And some of those hijackings have turned deadly.
Somalia has had 16 years of violence and anarchy, and is now led by a government battling to establish authority even in the capital. Its coasts are virtually unpoliced.
Piracy off Somalia increased this year after Ethiopian forces backing Somali government troops ousted an Islamic militia in December, said Andrew Mwangura, program coordinator of the Seafarers Assistance Program which independently monitors piracy in the region.
During the six months that the Council of Islamic Courts ruled most of southern Somalia, where Somali pirates are based, piracy abated, Mwangura said.
At one point, the Islamic group said it was sending scores of fighters to crack down on pirates there. Islamic fighters even stormed a hijacked, UAE-registered ship and recaptured it after a gunbattle in which pirates -- but no crew members -- were reportedly wounded.