by Jerry Drucker —
Apologies to the Bard, a great writer who has never been involved in a plagiarism suit. Well, maybe Sir Francis Bacon. This piece was originally written when the question was being asked: Should Dubai guard our most strategic U.S. Ports? The answer to the question follows the soliloquy.
Dubai, or not Dubai: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis ignoble in the mind to suffer
The stings and sorrows of outrageous fabrications,
Or to sell our Ports again to a sea of troubles,
And by not opposing, lose them. To die: to sleep;
No more; and by as sheep to say we end
The heart-ache and the many thousand unnatural shocks
That flesh is heir to, going unreported by the likes of Fox
Devoutly wish’d by a deceitful leader. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: aye, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what American dreams may come,
When we or our young have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the lack of respect
That makes calamity of such a short life;
For he who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the common man’s silence,
The pangs of malevolence and lack of law DeLay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That impatient positions the unworthy ruler takes,
With a bare body, who would wear emperor clothes,
To never grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
Like the Rapture of those who would be reborn
And makes all of us bear those ills he has
That fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the false hue of a favored resolution
Without a bit of advice or consent, or pale cast of thought,
Should we Americans allow Dubai, the Ports to be bought,
Dubai to buy, or not to buy? That is the question
The whole world now knows, Dubai World Company, a state-owned concern, bought our ports. Dubai, a nation state, now owns and operates U.S. security in major U.S. ports in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. Advice or consent was never sought from our U.S. Congress.
Another of our great allies, Pakistan, allowed nuclear czar, A.Q. Kahn, to sell nuclear plans and equipment to the former evil-doer North Korea (currently our new best friend who has developed the ‘bomb’ under Bush’s watch) and current evil-doers, Syria and—bite your tongue—IRAN, a country that could become our new best friend if they develop their nuclear weapon. It was a Dubai company, through one of their ports, facilitating Pakistan’s Kahn’s nuclear shipment to the three outlaw countries.
WHAT? The reader is concerned that just because Dubai has supported terrorists and shipped arms to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, that the U.S. should be uneasy. Nevermind. The top executives of our nation state, Bush & Cheney, say Dubai is okay in their books. (in their pocket books too) Bush said: (or something like this) Without our U.S. stratergy to stay in Dubai and control the Mid-East and secure our stratergic (you know what Dubya was trying to say) interest.
The U.S. had an old saying: As GM goes, so goes the nation. Today’s axiom: As George Bush and Dick Cheney goes, there goes the nation. The Bush family goes to their 90,000-acre complex in Uruguay and the Cheney family to Dubai, where trillions of U.S. dollars went bye-bye. Both families will live happily ever after. No extradition.
By Jerry Drucker
- Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political progressive letterwriter, member of Valley Dems United, Dems for Change and Valley Grassroots for Democracy. Jerry was voted as the 41st AD man of the year for 2008 by the LA County Democratic Party members.
Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.
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