paying close attention to what is one of the most remarkable stories of our age. We speak, of course, of the pirate standoff in Somalia. It seems as though the tale will soon come to a close, if this report is any indication: "Foreign powers have permission to use force if necessary against the Somali pirates who hijacked a Ukrainian ship loaded with battle tanks and heavy ammunition, Somalia's foreign ministry said Wednesday. Mohamed Jama Ali, the ministry's acting permanent director, said his country granted its permission on the condition that the foreign powers coordinate their actions with Somali government officials beforehand. 'The international community has permission to fight with the pirates,' Ali told The Associated Press on Wednesday. 'Permission to use force was given.'" Eep!
NOTE: Pirates in clip above for illustration purposes only.