Saturday, February 18, 2006

Furor Over Port Sale To UAE Rises In Volume

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

When I first blogged this story, it was a small AP item. Now that the web has passed it around, even politicians are noticing. The free trade nuts who want to trade away our freedoms are trying to convince us, having the country that assisted the 9/11 attackers run our top ports is perfectly fine because no one remembers who attacked us so long ago. It was Saddam! Bush and Cheney tell us this all the time! Yeah!

From Associated Press:
A New Jersey congressman said Saturday he wants to require that security officials at U.S. ports be American citizens to prevent overseas companies operating shipping facilities here from hiring foreigners in such sensitive positions.

Republican Frank A. LoBiondo, chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, cited "significant" security concerns over a $6.8 billion sale that gives a company in the United Arab Emirates control over operations at six major American ports.
Step by step, America is surrendering our ports, our factories, our forests and our gold mines to foreigners. Our own "citizens" go around the world purchasing stuff even as they sell our country to all and sundry.

This grossly violates our security as we could see so plainly on 9/11. Having an army of spies monitoring citizens won't protect us from people attacking us. So we are wasting a hundred billion dollars on Homeland Security (sic) and at the same time selling our major ports to the very same people who attacked us a mere four years ago?

From IPS News:
But some analysts say the loud protests in Congress bring into question the U.S. push for global liberalisation and free markets and warned that it could actually backfire because of the U.S. aggressive trade agenda in the Middle East.

The United States' trade relationship with the UAE is the third largest in the Middle East, after Israel and Saudi Arabia. The two nations are engaged in bilateral free talks that would liberalise trade between the two countries and would, in theory at least, allow companies to own and operate businesses in both nations.
Why in the name of humanity does "free trade" mean selling our top port to hostile foreign governments? Why not sell Manhattan to the Chinese for a box of beads? See?

This isn't trade, it is occupation! Buying an item and then selling a different item is trade. Losing control of one's infrastructure, ports and cities is called "losing the war". Geeze.

This is what ticks me off the most about the free traders. They think everything is the same. One of the very earliest tales in the Bible is about all this.
Genesis 25:

29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
Many ships crowd into our ports and we have zero control over them? Many people want to make deals with us whereby we sell America and in return, get to drive SUVs for a few more years? We get some money and in return, we let the people who have attacked us in the recent past run our ports?

You know this won't end well. No matter what. Can the deal, Cheney. Bush, stop kissing those sheiks.
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