US Navy SEALS executed an operation which escaped the French forces in the rescue of CAPT Richard Phillips from the hand of Somali pirates. In an operation which no doubt used the cover of night, three of the Somali pirates were killed and the American hostage was rescued. Reportedly on orders from the Commander in Chief, Navy forces performed their duty in the recovery of an American civilian in the hands of lawless pirates. It is fitting that the mission occurred on Easter, a time of renewal and restored hope. Let us hope this begins the end of piracy in this area – although the base of operations on land will need to be neutralized before the waters off that failed state can be secure.