I ran a test mission and set a group of pirates to attack a station. I had set the govt resources so that the pirates and the station govts were enemies. The pirates attacked me and not the station. I held back away from the station and waited, but none of the pirates attacked the station. So, I assumed that, since the special ships do not attack the spob that is the enemy of the special ships, they must attack the spob that is the enemy of the player.
I changed the misn a bit and reduced the number of pirates so I could see better, and I got further away from the spob. They did attack the spob and left me alone. I was in error.
Thanks for your very helpful input.
This post has been edited by TonyR : 22 October 2009 - 10:21 AM