Owners of a Saudi oil supertanker hijacked by Somali pirates grappled with how to respond Tuesday, as navies patrolling the region said they would not intervene to stop or free the captured vessel.
With few other options, shipowners in past piracy cases have ended up paying ransoms for their ships, cargos and crew.
NATO said it would not divert any of its three warships from the Gulf of Aden and the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet also said it did not expect to send ships to try to intercept the MV Sirius Star.
Then what good are those warships in the first place?
Or is someone simply allowing the problem to escalate to justify invasion of Somalia?