Quickly, name two ways to inflame an entire nation.
1) Draw a cartoon about the Prophet Mohammed.
2) Allow a company from the United Arab Emeriates to run cargo through U.S. ports.
I mean, Jesus Christ, you'd have thought that President Bush allowed Iran to build nuclear reactors in major East Coast cities the way that Congress and the media is reacting to the news of a Middle Eastern buyout of a British shipping company. For those of you out of the loop, Dubai (a beautiful city in the U.A.E.) Ports World has purchased a British company that has been managing a group of American ports that stretch from New York to New Orleans. In short, a Middle Eastern nation will be running the day to day operations at the port, meaning loading and unloading ships. Congress is flipping out, screaming that it is a massive security risk and an unnecessary step in favor of the terrorists to attack the United States. Never mind that the U.S. Government (under the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security) is the sole enforcer of security at the ports, and that the managing company has nothing to do with it.
Hey boys and girls, look at Congress following the ignorant little constituents that are running around saying, "The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling!" This backlash from the Legislative Branch reeks of ignorance and outright racism. We should be promoting the incorporation of Arab companies into the U.S. economic fold, not screaming like a bunch of idiotic Oakies that "the damn A-rabs will prolly use this thing to hit us again! Pass me the spitter".
Uh, back to the moonshine and Bridges to Nowhere for our bill writers in Washington.
And while we are at it, you might want to do a better job securing the ports, not bitching about who is running them. 5-7% physical inspection rate? Ouch.
I am in my twelfth year of teaching at Ukiah High School. I teach Economics, American Government, Advanced Placement Comparative Government, Advanced Placement United States History, and coach Junior Varsity Boys Basketball.