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The reason Somalia - where the hijackers of oil tankers and the rest are based, is a lawless land of brigandry - is because the same British and American governments overthrew the government there and installed a foreign, Ethiopian, puppet-regime which we taxpayers have funded ever since.
Brigandry is not a desirable first choice for a career.
Ottoman occupation, and the fear of brigandry and pestilence made access to the Greek mainland and the great Hellenic sites in Asia Minor difficult in the extreme, and what the cultural elite of western Europe had no direct knowledge of fell easy victim to hyperbole.
Irregular warfare, as contrasted with common banditry, crime, or recreational brigandry and hooliganism, needs an ideology.