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PIRATES ABOUND

Saeed Shabazz | 4/12/2011, 4:40 p.m.

"There are large oil deposits on both sides of the Somali border with Ethiopia," Woods said, adding that international oil interests were agitating for their chance to exploit the new findings, saying they want the resources at prices too low to be real. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN Secretary-General's special envoy to Somalia, told the UN Security Council that Somalis need "to draw upon their own resources" so they may turn the corner on their "long march to normalcy."

Abdallah admitted to reporters at the UN that the world body has "reliable" information that European and Asian companies are dumping nuclear waste in the waters off the Somali coast- line, but the December 2008 UN Security Council resolution authorizing the 20-nation armada with ships from the U.S. to China under the command of the British Royal Navy and with authorization to track pirates into Somali territory, makes no mention of illegal fishing or hazardous waste dumping.

In fact, the French ambassador, basking in the glow of having his nation's draft resolution adopted by the 15-member council, said when asked by reporters about the waste issue, "I have no comment on the issue."

That sentiment may lead the pubic to better understand what a British pirate by the name of William Scott meant when he exclaimed before his hanging in South Carolina: "What I did was to keep from perishing. I was forced to go a pirating to live."