Monday, February 28, 2005

The U.N. vs. Washington State over Water

It seemed like a good title!
Oh well here's the real story

Should the United Nations Be Lord of the Oceans?
by Patrick J. Buchanan

"Sovereignty. The issue is huge. The mere mention of Kofi Annan in the U.N. caused the crowd to go into a veritable fit. The coalition wants America strong and wants the American flag flying overseas, not the pale blue of the U.N."

So George W. Bush confided to friend Doug Wead before he declared his candidacy. And, twice, President Bush has acted to defend U.S. sovereignty against the encroachments of global government.

He rejected both the International Criminal Court, which would have ceded power to prosecute U.S. soldiers, and a Kyoto Treaty that would have subjected our economy to the dictates of a global EPA.

Which makes astonishing Bush's apparent support for a Law of the Sea Treaty that Ronald Reagan rejected as a great leap forward into global socialism. By 19 to 0, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved LOST. Unless 34 senators can be rallied to reject this historic power grab, it will go into effect.

What would LOST do? A new transnational tribunal, the International Seabed Authority, would take jurisdiction over 70 percent of the planet -- all of the oceans' resources, living and non-living -- as "the common heritage of all mankind." Companies seeking to mine or drill the ocean floor would have to pay a fee and be licensed by ISA, which would set production quotas and rake off part of the profits for redistribution.

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