The USA Can't Win with LOST
By: Nathan Tabor
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, May 05, 2005
“Well, it’s the Law of the Jungle, or it’s the Law of the Sea . . . .”
That’s the stark contrast presented by legendary leftist icon Bob Dylan in a recent song. It is exactly how globalists want to frame the debate on the disastrous Law of the Sea Treaty, now pending in the U.S. Senate for the second year in a row.
Liberals desperately want the dumbed-down denizens of America to see the issue as a clear choice between the primitive violence inspired by national self-interest (“the Law of the Jungle”) and a more civilized cooperation for the common good of all mankind (“the Law of the Sea”).
But the REAL choice confronting those 100 Senators in 2005 is between the survival of the United States as a sovereign nation and the enthronement of the United Nations as a de facto world government.
What is LOST? Most folks have hardly heard of it. But the treacherous Convention on the Law of the Sea, which would give control of over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface to the UN, has been around for decades. It was painstakingly developed during the 1970s by radical leftists who wanted to sneak socialistic changes in through the back door by designating the world’s oceans the “Common Heritage of Mankind” – a Marxist concept to the core.
Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick opposed LOST back in 1982 because she saw it as a threat to American sovereignty and national security, and Ronald Reagan rejected it. According to Reagan adviser Pat Buchanan, “Reagan saw this Law of the Sea Treaty for what it was: a joint scheme of the Soviet Bloc, the Third World, and the United Nations to seize sovereignty over the oceans, mandate transfers of American technology and get kickbacks from profits U.S. companies might earn from mining and drilling. Reagan ordered it deep-sixed.”
But in 1994, Bill Clinton directed Secretary of State Madelyn Albright to sign LOST and then sent it to the Senate for ratification. There Sen. Jesse Helms, who chaired the Foreign Relations Committee, courageously blocked the treaty for years. Nevertheless, LOST went into effect in 1995 with the support of 50 member nations; today, a total of 145 nations have signed onto the pact.
Now the Bush Administration, which tried hard but failed to ram LOST through the Senate in 2004, is back to try again. Bush “would certainly like to see [LOST] pass as soon as possible,” said new Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her Senate confirmation hearings. Unless at least 34 Senators have the guts to stand up and say “NO!” . . . it’s likely to happen this time.
If LOST gains American support, an uncontested International Seabed Authority will regulate the oceans of the world. In fact, they are already divvying up the ocean floor in what has been called “the largest land grab in human history.” The UN will have the power to regulate and tax all undersea mining activities – which could affect vast stores of minerals and up to 20 percent of the world’s petroleum resources – and as a result will rake in trillions of dollars of revenue.
The UN will have the power to control shipping lanes and to restrict the movements of navies – possibly even banning the undersea operations of our nuclear submarines. UN bureaucrats could potentially control human activities on land, on inland waterways, and even in Outer Space, on the premise that all these might pollute the oceans. The UN, flush with its newfound tax wealth, might even float its own “Blue Hulls” navy to enforce the unappealable edicts of its international maritime courts.
“This accord would constitute the most egregious transfer of American sovereignty, wealth and power to the UN since the founding of that ‘world body,’” explains Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy. “In fact, never before in the history of the world has any nation voluntarily engaged in such a sweeping transfer to anyone.”
Politicians of both parties, big oil companies, and wild-eyed environmental groups all want to see this flawed treaty go into effect. But our nation’s very survival is at stake. True American patriots will fight against LOST – tooth and nail.
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