Whose pirates attacked that Turkish ship? Why did everyone point the finger at France? Behold, examples of modern piracy! - İBRAHIM KARAGÜL

Whose pirates attacked that Turkish ship? Why did everyone point the finger at France? Behold, examples of modern piracy!

Nigerian pirates have attacked a Turkish cargo ship, M/V Mozart, in the opens of Guinea in West Africa. The pirates killed one sailor and kidnapped 15 others. This is our deal.

Turkey is now sparing no effort to rescue the kidnapped sailors, and solve the mysterious relations behind the pirate attack. That region, which is infested with terrorism, is extremely critical in terms of energy routes. Thus, the guise of “terrorism” and “piracy” of the incident is open to debate.

Considering West Africa’s colonial history, in an age when multinational companies have become like states, we have to further deepen our perspective. The first subject that comes to mind is Turkey’s deep relations in Africa, and who might be disturbed by this.

Why was France the first to come to everyone’s mind?

France’s great showdown with Turkey in Africa and the East Mediterranean, French President Emmanuel Macron attacking Turkey in a frenzy of panic presents him as the “usual suspect.” Does somebody want to send Turkey a message?

For example, could a connection similar to the attacks by the U.K. and Somalian terrorist organizations targeting Turkey’s deep-seated presence in Somalia be in question for France with respect to this event?

The use of terrorist organizations as armed forces by Western countries and multinational companies is no longer even a matter of debate. Therefore, we need to consider the causal relations in this event beyond terrorism and piracy.

Here are a few reasons underlying these sentiments:

Maritime piracy in Asia-Pacific, CIA’s secret torture ships

Acts of piracy broke out in the Asia-Pacific immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001; attacks occurred in South China Sea, around the Philippines. Dozens of ships were attacked, hijacked, and disappeared into thin air. We first witnessed ”maritime piracy” of the modern ages there. The world perceived this as a maritime security problem.

Yet, it was revealed years later that the hijacked tankers and ships had been used by the CIA as torture and prison ships. Youth labeled as “Islamic terrorists” are kidnapped from Muslim countries, war regions, and imprisoned in these ships, questioned and tortured there.

News is yet to be received from most of them; it is likely that they were killed and thrown out to sea. The U.S. administration had resorted to such a practice in the open seas, outside the sovereignty of countries in order to avoid the repercussions of international law.

Piracy in the Asia-Pacific ended in the instant. Nobody could understand why is started or why it ended.

London was the center of ‘Somalian pirates’!

However, the same piracy started on Somalian coasts. Dozens of ships were attacked in an area that is one of the world’s biggest energy and maritime corridors, where the Red Sea opens out to the Indian Ocean.

The world mobilized to fight against the “Somalian pirates.” U.S. and European fleets made Djibouti one of the world’s biggest fleet bases. Pirates came up with an incredible justification for energy and geopolitical goals.

However, it was later revealed that London was the control center for Somalian pirates. We witnessed vessels with primitive motorboats attacking huge ships, but these Somalian pirates were getting instructions from luxurious offices of finance, energy and intelligence circles in London.

Decisions concerning ransom deals, and which country’s ships will be targeted were taken in these offices. Legitimacy was formed not only for energy politics but for the U.S. and Europe to further settle into Africa and the Middle East.

Then that too ended “instantly.” The real goal had been achieved.

How was a Russian ship hijacked in the Baltic Sea?

The piracy in the Baltic Sea in July 2009 was meticulously planned. A 98-meter cargo vessel registered as a Malta ship, carrying Russian sailors, disappeared on July 20, after departing from the Port of Pietarsaari in Finland, to take a $1.3-million “timber” load to Algeria.

The ship named M/S Arctic Sea was stopped on the coasts of Sweden three days after departing. It was on a course between Öland and Gotland on July 24, and was never heard from again.

About twelve masked assailants who were donned all in black boarded the ship. They neutralized the sailors and tied them up. They claimed to be narcotics police, destroyed the ship’s communication devices and collected the crew’s cell phones. They left the ship twelve hours later.

Ship found abandoned 23 days later off Senegal’s coast

However, some of the “pirates” remained on the ship. Sometime later the tracker on the ship was removed and the ship disappeared. The last point of signal was the open waters of France.

Europe, Russia and Algeria were shocked. This was a complete example of piracy in the Atlantic Ocean, in European Union waters.

The Artic Sea ship, which disappeared on July 24 was found on Aug. 17. Where? Off the coast of Senegal, around the Cape Verde archipelago. In other words, on West African coasts.

Knights Templar, Blackwater… Piracy? A secret operation?

The ship hijacked on Swedish coasts was taken to West Africa after crossing the U.K., France, Spain, and Portugal, and no European country had a clue! They could not find a ship that passed through its coasts! It was unbelievable.

According to some, this was not piracy but the joint operation of Western intelligence organizations. Was the ship, which was under the registry of Malta, not hijacked by Blackwater, which consider themselves the Templar Knights, but rather used for a secret operation? What was found on the ship? Nobody knows.

What if these pirates are based in Paris?!

The Gulf of Niger, West African coasts were the gates that gave the world access to Africa’s energy and fortunes. For example, oil-rich Nigeria could never achieve stability. It became the center of terrorist organizations and attacks.

We now know that both terrorism and piracy are directly connected to the power struggle in Africa. We also know that the area where the Turkish ship was attacked is one of the hotspots of this fight.

Could the latest piracy event be part of such a showdown? Or was the matter solely ransom and terrorism? Or was it a way to send a message through the fight over Africa? What if it turns out that these pirates are based in Paris?!

Turkey will certainly determine the price to be paid

Let us not forget that similar to terrorist organizations, piracy is also managed by these countries. Just as terrorism sets the atmosphere for invasions, pirates set the atmosphere for interests.

Of course, we still do not yet know the whole story behind piracy. These are simply examples. An entirely different and more confusing story may be unveiled.

Turkey is the most vigilant force to enter Africa. If this is the message, Turkey will overcome this. Turkey will determine the price to be paid not only by the pirates but also by the countries and companies behind them.


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