I don't think people in this part of the world ever really consider the fact that modern-day pirates do exist. The notion of seafaring outlaws appears almost wholly dependent upon our memories of the flamboyant, swashbuckling characters of so many subpar Hollywood flicks in the 1930s and 1940s. Meanwhile, piracy continues to plague the coasts of Africa, India, China, and Japan to this day.
As unpleasant as the events that have unfolded in the last week may be, at the very least they serve to illustrate the point that maritime crime is still a major problem in much of the world.
(This issue has since been resolved and The Daily Oklahoman has pulled the article.)