The search is on for a "pirate cultural adviser" to help naval commanders understand the jihadi piracy on the coast of Africa. The same foe our founding fathers fought in not one but two Barbary wars -- Muslim pirates demanding jiyza (tribute) be paid by non-Muslim countries.
The idea that these absolute acts of war can be handled by a "pirate cultural adviser" is stunning. As if jihad were cultural. It is imperial, brutal, and absolute. The jihad on the seas should be crushed. That is the only "culture" they understand.
"The job title may sound ambiguous, but what we are really looking for here is someone who can help us know the enemy better," said Commander Harry Harrison. You want to understand the enemy better, read their inspiration and their playbook, the quran.
Atlas reader Daryl opined, "The Age of Aquarius in reality resembles civil life in Somalia. Civilization is a hard-won achievement of a handful of peoples and nations. Men have the responsibility to put their own evil impulses aside and to defend civilized life and the Rule of Law. To abdicate that responsibility is to lose all honor and all humanity."
You cannot make this stuff up.
Navies seek "pirate cultural adviser" The Telelgraph
It must rank as one of the most unusual recruitment adverts ever placed, even by the standards of the European Union: the search is on for a "pirate cultural adviser" to help naval commanders understand the foes they face along the coast of Africa.
The right candidate - who must have knowledge of the "business model and modus operandi" of pirates in the Indian Ocean - will be asked to teach officers of the EU navies protecting shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways how best to tackle the growing threat.
Some 400 sailors are currently held captive, with pirate gangs earning tens of millions of dollars a year in ransoms. The job is expected to include advising naval commanders on pirates' religious practices and their habit of chewing qhat, an amphetamine-filled plant which renders users hyperactive.
But swashbuckling Long John Silver types with a knowledge of pirate lore may be disappointed: the post is expected to be filled by an ex-military figure with expertise in shipping, insurance and ransom negotiations. And rather than scouring the taverns of Bristol or Penzance for likely talent, the commanders have contented themselves with placing the advertisement on the website for EU Navfor, the European antipiracy task force based at the Nato HQ in Northwood, London.
"The job title may sound ambiguous, but what we are really looking for here is someone who can help us know the enemy better," said Commander Harry Harrison, a spokesman for EU Navfor. "The intention is to seek advice on the Somali pirates' methodology and tactics, which are constantly evolving."
The adviser will also work with naval intelligence teams to develop possible cases for prosecution. Cdr Harrison said EU Navfor might also be interested in Somali applicants with detailed knowledge of the country and its clans.