How to Handle Pirates:

The ship seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia appears to be the first US-flagged vessel to be seized by pirates in quite some time. What is the proper response? Julian Ku ponders self help. There are also several posts and ideas on the NYT Room for Debate blog here and here. On the subject, last fall, I had a post, "Why Don't We Hang Pirates Anymore?"

UPDATE: Apparently these pirates have been handled.