Is there such a thing as healthy paranoia?
Have you ever seen a woman walking down a dark street or crowded mall tuck her purse underarm and begin cradling it like a football? Have you ever moved your wallet to your front pocket so that you can keep a better eye on it? Why do people do things like that? It's because there is real risk, right? No one is offended or outraged by subtle acts of paranoia such as these because we all understand that certain precautions are necessary to mitigate risk. Why do businesses create checks and balances in their accounting systems? Why does the IRS audit? We can't escape the truth that people in this world will take advantage of us; therefore, we must be aware and watchful so that we don't get bested by malicious people.
Recently we learned that an Arab country was planning to "buy out" six US ports. Upon hearing this, many Americans began to express concern that this might be a bad Idea, and the government might need to consider stopping it. Immediately the left-wing "rebels without a cause" saw another opportunity to attack. They brought the same tired argument that we've been hearing for the last 20 years or more... Racism.
I think it's entirely naive to think that people who express concern over this situation are racially motivated. This country need to realize what is happening here. We are at war, and I estimate that probably 80% of the Muslim world today wants us dead. It's not racism, it's healthy paranoia.
Do you think Americans would have had a problem with Japan buying SIX American ports during WWII? Absolutely, Its just common sense. Now all is forgiven, and we have many Japanese owned companies in this country. The same may be true for these companies who want to purchase these ports, but right now the timing is off.
We need to wake up and realize that we are fighting a different kind of enemy than we've ever faced before. This enemy that we face is very difficult to identify. He doesn't wear a uniform, and he doesn't carry a flag. Its a threat without a face; much like the threat you feel when walking alone in a dark alley at night. We don't discriminate and single out religions in this country, but if a religion or sect of a religion continues to teach and advocate our ultimate destruction then we must be aware and watchful so that we don't get bested by malicious people. We have to mitigate our risk in whatever way we can.
controlling the sea ports would give substantial power to anyone who wanted to smuggle into this country. We can't say for sure if the people who want to buy these ports have malicious intent, but that's just the problem isn't it? We can't say for sure if they have malicious intent. Our government has been afraid of a second terrorist attack on this country for some time now. Why all of a sudden are we letting down our guard? For example, If I wanted to smuggle a destructive device into a country. I would have to consider all the methods of transportation that are available. If crossing the ocean today, you have two choices: Air or sea. We all know how much more security exists if you decide to go with air, but what about sea? There are US Customs officers that are responsible for monitoring sea transport, but how much do they check and what are their procedures? I don't know, but if I was a port owner and worked with them day after day, I would know.
So doesn't it make sense, that IF these people ARE planning to smuggle into this country they would be put in a very advantageous position if they controlled one port. How about six ports? And where does these peoples allegiances lie? With our government? Or with their oppressed Islamic brothers whose way of life has been threatened by the infidels from the west? Would they take a bribe? All of these questions are valid, because of the context of current events. If an Arab nation wants to buy out some American ports, that's fine. But they need to wait until they have proved themselves to us like Japan. It's not racism; it's timing and healthy paranoia.