"Wouldn't that be just about perfect ..." Poetic justice. But I still believe that the use of mercenaries and their ilk is a bad idea, a really bad idea for a whole lot of reasons. Not least is it is an admission that governments are incapable of protecting the citizenry and politicians lack the will to enforce international law. The military could revive the old "Q-ship" idea and put a fleet of decoy vessels in the area. An act of agression against one of them would be sufficient reason to destroy the agressor. In the meantime, blockade the countries which are harboring the pirates and the ships they are holding. They lack central governments, are lawless and by any definition are "rogue nations" so isolate them and let the local populace deal with those who are bringing more grief to their hovels. Throwing money at soldiers of fortune and mercenaries only lowers us to the level of the warlords who have taken the Horn of Africa to its current condition. We shouldn't need to become vigilantes.