A N.Y. Times reporter's amusing first-person account of his experience with the pirates' spokesman shows us that these are thinking man's thugs who know a little about how to control a crisis. Far from the "no comment"-type flack you might expect, Sugule Ali offers the reporter, Jeffrey Gettleman, a number of sound bites that stake out the pirates position not just politically but existentially as well:
- "You only die once."
- "These questions are getting strange. Call back later."
- "They can't catch us like goats."
"Pirates are not like political party, as I told you," said one man who's face was wrapped in a scarf and was identified only as "Pirate." "We are like teams. We come together like Chelsea or Arsenal. And every team has a job to do."