The European Union is prolonging its naval mission along the Somalian coast and giving new instructions allowing for pursuit. But still troops are hamstrung by all sorts of rules. Given current technology (satellites and such) the best response to the piracy off the Somalian coast seems to me to be the following: 1. Inform the Somali coastal communities that pirates attacking shipping will be traced back to where they started off from and that villages harbouring pirates will be legitimate targets for retaliation. 2. Station naval patrols off the Somalian coasts with orders to actively search for pirates before they attack shipping. Pirate boats found to contain weapons to be sunk and the pirates hanged. 3. All indentified shelters of pirates along the coast to be bombed and destroyed. A sustained campaign of a few months should suffice to root out the problem.