Wednesday, February 22

kissing but of the enemy, or selling the country to the highest bidder!

Only hours before Bush spoke today in Colorado, the leader of the Bush's Republican Party in the US Senate asked the administration to stop the transaction, under which a British company that has been running six US ports would be acquired by Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates.
You see, I wouldn't have blinked with one eye if that company wasn't state owned, and just dismiss it as an other obscure takeover in our world of global capitalism. But this is not so! The United Arab Emirates, a frolicking breeding-ground for Arab extremists, amongst them some of the infamous 9/11 people, becomes de facto the owner and boss of the most important seaports in the US.
Somehow this makes me want to laugh out loud and send Mr. Bush the "guide for jihad dummies" , not that he will learn anything grand. Nevertheless, it's always worth a try!
It is also remarkable to read Rumsfelds' response: "Nothing changes with respect to security under this contract. The Coast Guard is in charge of security, not the corporation." Is the Coast Guard taking over control of thousands of containers being shipped in and out of US naval ports? Hmm, I don't think that will ever happen. There is just not the amount of personnel available. From my experience in Maine and listening to professional fishermen, the Coast Guard can hardly keep up with vessels in dire straits (again a "manpower" issue). So what are we going to do, keep selling out to the highest bidder?

1 comment:

Eric said...

I'm not so sure terrorism should be our main concern with the DP World transaction, but rather the continued merging and monopolization of the world's shipping industry. I'm not sure which is worse, terrorism or my comments on the subject at

Nice blog Zee!