At home in central Somalia, Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse frequented a dusty, outdoor cinema after school, watched Bollywood films dubbed into his native Somali and, his mother says, “was wise beyond his age.”
Now Muse — the sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain — is a world away in New York City to face what are believed to be the first piracy charges in the United States in more than a century. He smiled but said nothing Tuesday as he was led into a federal building under heavy guard.
Why’s the pirate smiling? Could it be that because in US custody his standard of living just increased ten-fold?
His mother says he was “brainwashed,” “duped,” and “outwitted” into becoming a pirate, but I don’t really see how that squares with her claim that he was wise. Maybe something was lost in translation.
They should try him in Boston. The USS Constitution probably has an available yardarm.