Freitag, 5. September 2008

Malaysians to the front

When the United Nations Security Council back in June voted to allow countries to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia, Germany withdrew its last frigate patrolling the Horn of Africa. It was a coincidence, as German officials would maintain, but a revaeling one. Now, while the European Union is preparing its mission to fight piracy in one of the world's most important chokepoints and Berlin announced to contribute to the mission, its Malaysia that is first to take action. After three tankers belonging to the Malaysian shpping company MISC Berhad were seized by pirates in August 2008 alone, the Malaysian government acted swiftly and deployed no less than three warships to the region. Ever heard of the Kuala Lumpur headline goal? No? Of course not, but if Europe wants to be taken seriously on the world stage, it should at least act as quickly as Malaysia. So far, a long way to go.

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