Kennebec Captain has a piece about a recent post on the War Is Boring blog about Andrew Mwangura, the Kenyan anti-piracy advocate. The original posting is from War Is Boring's David Axe, whici is somewhat critical of Mwangura, accusing him of being, "[T]he only man man who can save the world from Somali pirates." Axe goes on to say that, "These days, I'm equally skeptical when Mwangura says he's just a well-connected seafarers' advocate."
Sorry, David, but you're 'equally skeptical' to whom? The Kenyan authorities who persecuted Andrew, something that even you agree was 'clearly wrong'?
Unlike others, I know Andrew personally and have spent a lot of time with him. and I've seen his influence in the East African seafaring community. Spurious online pieces likes yours do nothing to help the situation facing mariners off the northeast cast of Africa. It boggles my mind as to why one would post something like this, attacking someone actually striving to make a difference to the plight facing mariners. Focus here, folks: We are enmeshed in a war against well-financed and highly organized opponents. Attacking the messenger, so to speak, is a mistake. In fact, they actually play into the hands of pirates who seek to discredit those opposed to them.
If I sound like I'm being overtly harsh to Mr. Axe, or 0thers, I apologize. But only mutely. Anyone weighing in on this issue needs to understand that the stakes are high. Very high. Amateurish perspectives based on wandering around Mombasa do not add to things.
I'll be posting some thoughts on the situation off the Horn of Africa shortly, provided by a number of informed sources.