Blowing up pirates isn't alleviating the core root of the problem. The problem is you have a country that has broken down, with no real control at all, a poor and hungry popluace that has little hope or options other than war/crime because they have no stability.
And since you have large ships passing relatively close by, and owned by companies that have millions of dollars, and having shown that you can get millions of dollars by commiting the crime... It's a no brainer really.
It's just like the drug trade, as long as theres a chance to make a hell of a lot of money, you're going to find someone desperate or crazy enough to try it. The difference here is that you have no military/police force able to control the ports these pirates use. Till that happens, better get used to a lot of piracy based out of the horn.
Somalia has been spiraling for years; it's the African edition of Haiti, with regimes or powers that come and go with the support of groups and influences both foreign and domestic.
Fixing Somalia would be great, and settle a lot of problems, no doubts there. Even in a best case scenario of firm international cooperation and effort, fixing Somalia would be a very long term project. Problem is, there's been no genuine international interest or effort in lifting Somalia out of the commode it's been floating in for many years now, and a drastically improved Somalia isn't even on the horizon at this point.
In the meantime, the piracy coming from Somalian shores is delivering an immediate and potentially lethal threat to international shipping and crews. These days you can't even sail a peaceful cruise ship past African coastlines without risk of being shot at and boarded. The point has been made that nothing that can sail through those waters is immune to at least an attempted attack.
Something has to be done about the pirate threat...right now
, not twelve months or five years from now. letting them go about with their business will only embolden a faction in Somalia that is already cocksure of itself and long overdue for a humiliating drag through the mud at the point of American guns, or by any other nation with a vested interest and desire in seeing this stop.
What will stopping piracy off the coast of Africa do to help Somalia? Very little unfortunately, but pirates are like any other predator; at the end of the day the law of jungle prevails. The United States roared loudest and struck hard this weekend, and is likely going to have to take the offensive from here. Predators hunt for easier prey, and they don't do it in sight of even bigger predators that prove they'll kill to hold their ground.
Yes, you won’t likely remove the desire from Somalia to commit acts of piracy, but you can deprive them of their means. Taking out all potential pirates would likely involve killing far more Somalians than the international community would be willing or even able to do, but no pirate ever took a ship by swimming out to sea. You kill their fleet of ships and the means to organize them, such as bases of operation, and the threat is removed.