UPDATE: The 4 americans were found dead today, Feb. 21, off the Somali coast.
Via CNN, Somali pirates hijacked a yacht with four Americans onboard in the Indian Ocean, U.S. military officials said Saturday. The identities of the Americans were not immediately known, but the yacht, the S/V Quest, is owned by Jean and Scott Adam, according to Ecoterra International, a piracy watchdog group. Of course, this administration is all over it: Pirates hijack 4 Americans; U.S. mulls response.
The Adams writes on their website “Another aspect of our travels is friendship evangelism – that is, finding homes for thousands of Bibles.” The Adams detail their travels from Mexico to the South Pacific, and list their yacht the S/V Quest registered to Marina Del Rey. “We were so unhappy being ‘dirt dwellers’ during our time in the States that another floating abode had to be acquired,” Jean writes on their website.
The U.S. military is prepared to intervene in the situation if necessary, said Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette, deputy commander of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain. As noted in a previous post, Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th fleet as a central hub in the effort to monitor traffic going toward Iran. Combined with the “protest fever” in the African/Arab Countries, this administration has their hands full in dealing with international situations.
According to The Jawa Report, “This could turn very badly if this couple are indeed evangelists. The radical al-Shabaab is known to believe in the death penalty for proselytizing to Muslims. If she is carrying Bibles it’s very likely that might be interpreted badly by any Sharia court.”
When will the President make a statement about this hijacking? Don’t hold your breath. We all remember how well he handled the April 2010 Somali pirate crisis with the capture of Capt. Richard Phillips. Fortunately, thanks to our US Navy SEALS, that situation had a positive outcome. Prayers that these hostages are rescued in a timely manner.
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