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brian_eggleston
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8/12/2009 5:27:12 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
A Russian-crewed ship has been hijacked in the Baltic and has, literally, disappeared off the radar.

http://edition.cnn.com...

It was carrying timber, a relatively low-value and bulky, and, therefore, difficult to sell-on cargo, so its theft was unlikely to have had the prospect of financial gain as its motive. Furthermore, no ransom message has been received, as is usual in the case of maritime hijacks in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere.

It was bound for the Mediterranean Sea and last spotted in the English Channel off the coast of Northern France.

So why was it chosen?

Could it be that nuclear material, large amounts of which went missing after the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union, was smuggled onboard along with high explosives? Are the hijackers intending to sail the vessel into an Israeli port and detonate the explosives causing a nuclear cloud to envelop an Israeli city and cause mass causalities?

I don't know, what do you think?
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Volkov
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8/12/2009 5:52:14 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/12/2009 5:27:12 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
A Russian-crewed ship has been hijacked in the Baltic and has, literally, disappeared off the radar.

http://edition.cnn.com...

It was carrying timber, a relatively low-value and bulky, and, therefore, difficult to sell-on cargo, so its theft was unlikely to have had the prospect of financial gain as its motive. Furthermore, no ransom message has been received, as is usual in the case of maritime hijacks in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere.

It was bound for the Mediterranean Sea and last spotted in the English Channel off the coast of Northern France.

So why was it chosen?

Probably because the hijackers didn't know what was onboard. It wasn't "chosen," so much as it was randomly picked and probably an easy target.

Could it be that nuclear material, large amounts of which went missing after the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union, was smuggled onboard along with high explosives?

Doubtful. This cargo came from Sweden, where cargo is inspected thoroughly, and you would be hard-pressed to have nuclear material smuggled into such a country.

Are the hijackers intending to sail the vessel into an Israeli port and detonate the explosives causing a nuclear cloud to envelop an Israeli city and cause mass causalities?

Doubtful. If such a risk were possible, or even considered possible, the Israelis would have a screen of ships in front of every port, board every ship, and block all access without certification.

I don't know, what do you think?

I think that if they were hijacked, they're going to run out of fuel and power soon, and they might be adrift somewhere.

If it wasn't hijacked, then they're was probably a mutiny, or the radio is gone, or it sank.
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8/13/2009 1:05:55 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/12/2009 6:21:08 PM, patsox834 wrote:
...pirates?

Meh, for the most part, pirates = watery terrorists.
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