Friday, February 24, 2006

Ports

After reading the arguments about the proposed takeover of six U.S. ports by a UAE shipping company, I would like to say that I support it. I support it because there will be tighter security. An Arab firm charged with protecting American ports will know, first of all, that they are under constant scrutiny, and that, second of all, should there be a failure of security, they would most likely not only suffer a thorough investigation with a dozen congressional committees, but would be roasted in the fires of public opinion. If a British port authority messes up, people will view it as a tragic oversight (in other words, the port authority would most likely continue to operate). If a UAE port authority messes up, they'll lose their business. The UAE has a much greater incentive to keep America's ports secure than does Britain.

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