The Nato military alliance says it will send warships to help combat piracy off the coast of Somalia.
Nato defence ministers meeting in Hungary agreed to despatch a joint task force by the end of the year.
The force will also escort UN ships delivering aid to Somalia, where more than 3m people - almost half of the population - are in need of food aid.
Thank goodness a military alliance of 26 nations, three of whom are nuclear powers, exists to take on pirates. Thank goodness all those military bureaucrats in Brussels have a legitimate enemy to fight. I can see it now:
BRUSSELS -- NATO commanders hailed their victory over jackasses with AK47s and RPGs in dinghies. Big Head Honcho said, "NATO's success in recent maritime peacekeeping actions demonstrates the alliance's flexibility, relevance, and invaluability in the 21st century." Questions from a crackpot blogger who calls himself FLG regarding NATO's lack of a raison d'être following the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union were dismissed out of hand.