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Blood On the Sand: Somali Pirates vs. Medellin Drug Cartel

by MariShapiro   June 08, 2010 at 11:58AM  |  Views: 502

Wassup!? A car tire and free blast software are being used in Deadliest Warrior tests, that's what's up.

Hit the link to download "real" software used for testing on the Deadliest Warrior. As for the tire, it blew off the rim and landed about one kilometer away after our car bomb test during the filming of this next match up: Medellin Cartel vs. Somali Pirate.  Two very different combatants, with the Cartel wanting to live the high-life and typically choosing fear-based tactics, up against poverty stricken men raised in violence who find out quickly that anything with a Kalashnikov action comes in handy when they decide that "yo ho, yo ho it's a pirate's life for us" (sung with a thick Somali accent).

The Warriors

Medellin Cartel: By definition a Cartel is an agreement between similar producing companies to fix prices. The Medellin Cartel was a system of drug suppliers that originated in Medellin, Columbia. The Cartel's enemy was the government so their tactic was to create terror within the population and carry out attacks against specific political targets.  For example, on December 6, 1989 the Administrative Department of Security building in downtown Bogotá was bombed with over 1,100 pounds of explosives. The attack killed over 50 and injured more than 600. The Medellin Cartel was so successful that it took direct involvement of US Delta Forces and the CIA to imprison or kill key Columbian targets.

Somali Pirate: The act of piracy is alive and well today and seems to be a difficult thing to stop even with direct involvement of intelligence agencies and elite forces. The average Somali income is believed to be about $700/yr, so having a large success rate of lucrative hijackings leads many young men highly motivated to join piracy groups. Most come from northeastern Somalia and are either local fishermen, with skill and knowledge of the sea, ex-military, or technical experts who operate specialized equipment.