But that pirate assault on an American-flagged ship, its captain's bravery, and his rescue by one U.S. Navy ship should be seen for what it is: A metaphor of the world as it is today. It is a world awash in pirates.
Some are small pirates like the Somalis, but many others are big pirates. They live in
Each wants to replace our system of laws, rules, institutions and sovereignty with their disorder. Then disorder becomes normal.
We need to understand that these are not just security threats but a systemic threat. Each weakly answered pirate affront erodes the public's confidence in the West's promise of an ordered world.