American Hostage Michael Scott Moore Alive in Somalia


Somali pirates issued a proof of life photo showing Michael Scott Moore being held at .... RPG point? That is an RPG they're pointing at the hostage, right? Maybe it's just me, but it seems kind of like overkill. Even for Somali pirates.

Moore, who normally writes about surfing from his California home, was in Somalia researching a book about ... Somali pirates. I hate to blame the victim here, but ... what the hell did you think the pirates we're going to do?

Thanks to Terror Free Somalia

UPDATE: Apparently that's a rifle grenade, not an RPG. I kind of knew it wasn't an RPG, but I didn't know what to call it, hence the question.

Thanks to multiple readers for emailing me.

Posted by: Rusty at 02:38 PM


1 AK-47 RPG launcher. Maybe if he converted to Islam before he went and fought along side of them he will be a traitor but not dead.

Posted by: Trevor (@TJexcite) at September 28, 2013 02:54 PM

2 Maybe those Somalis got screwed in the AIG deal. They should have followed the lead of that Nigerian who is putting 12.9 million dollars in my account.

Posted by: EROWMER at September 28, 2013 03:19 PM

3 Obviously he fell for the insane leftist group think mantra that the Somali pirates are just poor downtrodden farmers under the heel of corporate greed that turned to piracy out of desperation to feed their families. They don't even stop to think, well hold on, if they are that poor, where did they get fast boats, fuel, guns, ammunition?

Reality is a real bitch when she bites you in the arse.

Posted by: The Realist of Qld at September 28, 2013 03:47 PM

4 Dude must really be dangerous or they are afraid of anyone with their hands tied.

Posted by: Kafiroon at September 28, 2013 04:49 PM

5 Greetings:

Not an RPG. Some king of grenade being launched from AK-47 but the shape and tail are nothing like an actual RPG warhead.

Posted by: 11B40 at September 28, 2013 05:39 PM

6 Is that a circular firing squad?

Posted by: Gork at September 28, 2013 06:25 PM

7 Rifle grenade.

Results will be bad for the shooter at that range. Results will be even worse if he doesn't have a grenade launching blank in the chamber.

Posted by: Kristophr at September 28, 2013 06:53 PM

8 I think it's Yugoslavian, judging by the fins. Perhaps an M60 HEAT rifle grenade.

Never seen an AK with a rifle grenade mounted. They usually just fire regular grenades from a cup mounted on the end of the barrel.

I've certainly never seen one used to threaten someone who is less that 2ft away.

Posted by: STV at September 28, 2013 07:08 PM

9 Reminds me of that goofy women that went over to protest with Palistinians. Things didn't work out well for her either. Well, P T Barnum was right, over and over and over again.

Posted by: grego at September 28, 2013 07:24 PM

10 Maybe he just wanted to follow that new Somali Pirate Diet Plan.

Posted by: Calypso Jones at September 28, 2013 08:45 PM

11 One doesn't need skill when shooting unarmed people at less than ten meters range, but it really is nice to see that Somalii are inept with guns of all forms; they have guns and the willingness to use them, but apparently no skill. Our military has the guns and the skills, but the CINC has no will to use them (on muzzlums, anyhow.) Our malls are full of citizens with military experience and strong will, but the guns are banned.

Traveling to somalia is kind of dumb, but bring somalia to live with us was even dumbererer. "I hate to blame
the victim here, but ..." Yeah, but we should have known better than to go shopping in the Mall of America, right?

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at September 29, 2013 08:31 AM

12 Couldn't he have sent instead Michael Francis Moore to do a documentary about the pirates?

Posted by: Arawak at September 29, 2013 01:53 PM

13 Would that rifle grenade detonate if it hit his chest and take out all those islimists all at one efficient kabooom ????

Brave brave islamists -- they will dress as women and leave a trail of urine if they had to face actual sodiers. How fast do you think those weapons so boldly held in that picture will hit the earth as these cowards ran in terror from a single real soldier???

Posted by: triggerponeee at September 30, 2013 07:55 AM

14 #12 swine are offensive to musulmen

Posted by: triggerponeee at September 30, 2013 07:57 AM

15 Yugoslavian (M60) or Iranian (copy of M60) rifle grenade. Fairly common in areas that are or were supplied with ex-COMBLOC weapons, especially in West Africa. Slightly easier to smuggle then RPG launchers and rockets.

The Iranian's used them extensively during the Iran-Iraq war as a replacement for their M-72 LAWs (which they ran out of quickly), M-20 Super Bazooka's (which they never had many of to begin with), and the RPG's which they were not getting in useful numbers from Russia or China at the time.

Posted by: Encyclopedia R at September 30, 2013 09:47 AM

16 It is a grenade but it's cartridge fired off the end of a rifle.
"Will somebody tell Abu Stu, Stu to quit acting like an ass with that damned grenade before he shoots our collective dicks off."

Posted by: obsidian at September 30, 2013 11:08 AM

17 @13 Rifle grenades arm on firing and blow on impact at any range.
Some will arm on shooting and blow eight seconds later.

Posted by: obsidian at September 30, 2013 11:19 AM

18 What gets me giggling is the Skinny with the checkerboard rag on his head asking for an AK black eye.

Posted by: obsidian at September 30, 2013 11:20 AM

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