Stupid 'Rules of Engagement'. You can't shoot at pirates unless you see them attacking a boat.
If you think that naval forces were send to the Somalian coast to stop piracy by the use of military force; which would worked, think again.
If they are caught in the middle of an attack, the pirates have no hesitation throwing their weapons—typically AK47 machine guns and rocket-propelled-grenade launchers—and their scaling ladders overboard to destroy evidence of their intentions. Even when a ship succeeds in capturing pirates, both sides know that the legal complexity of bringing prosecutions means the prisoners will probably be quickly released. Naval forces have let between 500 and 700 pirates go over the last three years, mostly ensuring they have enough fuel and other supplies to get home and, on more than one occasion, helping with engine repairs. Some pirates have been arrested several times.
All over the world evil is protected by Law (Justice system) and honest law biding people die because of the Law (Justice system).
Read the whole story at: http://www.economist.com/node/18061574
FLASH---Update from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/02/26/etzioni.stop.piracy/