Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Who can own our ports?

It has been argued that since two of the 9/11 hijackers were from the United Arab Emirate (UAE) we should not allow the sale of our ports to a company in the UAE. Let’s continue with this concept. Since the Shoe Bomber came from the UK, it is only right that we should insist that they sell the ports that they are trying to sell to the UAE, but who can they sell them to? Obviously not to a U.S. owned company because the Oklahoma City bombers were Americans. If you want to continue to play this game, then who can own a U.S. port? They might as well be sold to Quantas because they never crash; even the Rainman knows that.

The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that allows foreign ownership of property or businesses within its borders. Although there are laws that do limit who may own businesses here, they are not based on the owner’s religious preferences or ethnicity. To block the sale based on the current public opinion/ignorance would be little different than incarcerating Americans of Japanese decent in the western U.S.

I have personally stood shoulder-to-shoulder with UAE soldiers in the Global War on Terrorism; I have been invited to their dinner table and know their men. They are loyal and valuable assets on our side of the fight and do not deserve the slander they are receiving from the general public ignorance.

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