It's So Simple
Reuters has removed the quote from their latest update on the Somali pirate story, but Drudge is still running it:
'We are not afraid of the Americans'
That is why we have piracy. When the only navy in the world capable of enforcing freedom of the seas is prevented from doing so, this is what results.
Furthermore, it's the only possible result. And the only solution is to meet barbarism with a display of the overwhelming force civilization can bring to bear.