Hostage Captain Rescued, Pirates Killed

You’ve probably read this already elsewhere, but the captive captain of the Maersk Alabama has been rescued and three pirates killed. Good news and good work.

Hopefully this will help tamp down some of the pirate-related hysteria of last week. With Somalia in chaos, it’s very hard to really eliminate piracy. And it’s hard to know how Somalia can be made unchaotic. But that situation presumably won’t last forever, and the international community is doing a decent job of bringing force to bear on the problem at sea.