Just heard a report on "east coast" of Africa pirate attacks have dramatically dropped when ships were allowed to be armed. They were only allowed to spray them with water cannons for a while there. But when they were allows to have armed crews - pirates felt discriminated against. However, That is not the case on the West Coast - therefore Pirate attacks are skyrocketing as has been in the news recently. Imagine that - those pirates are not as dumb as one may think. Same thing occurs in america where people prey on the helpless.