Maritime casualties even concern terrorists

foundrylogoThe Foundry is a blog produced by The Heritage Foundation, “a research and educational institute — a think tank — whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”

Yesterday (Feb. 7, 2008 ) The Foundry had an interesting post titled Cargo Ships Too Risky for Terrorists which linked to one of their earlier posts on this topic, Taking a Global Approach to Maritime Security by Alane Kochems.

Horncliff containers It’s interesting how they view the recent run of maritime casualties, including the Horncliff being holed by one of her own containers, as a basis for building an argument about maritime security and container inspections. While I don’t disagree with their conclusions that (1) terrorists could easily employ another tactic and (2) searching every container is inefficient and expensive, I’m not so sure that service reliability is as high on the list.

What do you think?

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Peter A. Mello

Husband, father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

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