What a wonderful story, to see the US not back down to of all things, pirates. Snipers killed 3 Somali pirates and have taken the 4th into custody as they worked to free the captain of the Maersk Alabama, Richard Phillips. The story has all kinds of good tidings for those few ships flying the US flag. First of all, they will have to contend with the American crew, which didn't go to well. Then they have to contend with a defiant captain that tried to escape in the open seas. Next, they have to contend with a war seasoned military. This attempt at taking the US ship will be a deterrent to all future pirate attacks on US flagged ships. Just as the 9/11 hijackers have now trained an entire generation of US air passengers to not allow a terrorist to take over a plane, the pirates have done the same for US sailors. Go US.