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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Defeat the Law of the Sea Treaty

The United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty was rejected by President Ronald Reagan, but now Barack Obama is trying to get the U.S. Senate to ratify it this year so he can pretend he has a foreign policy victory. It's a terrible treaty that would do many bad and costly things to our country, and it ought to be defeated permanently. Americans today are in no mood to subordinate U.S. sovereignty, plus 70% of the world’s surface area, to another United Nations global bureaucracy.

President Obama has gotten the U.S. Navy to say we need this treaty to preserve our freedom of the seas in dangerous waters such as the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has threatened to block, and the South China Sea, where China wants to be the dominant naval power. In fact, freedom of navigation is recognized by centuries of international law, effectively policed by the British Navy for 400 years, and by our U.S. Navy for t he last 200 years. The United Nations has no navy of its own, so American sailors will still be expected to protect the world’s sea lanes and punish piracy.

The Law of the Sea Treaty plans to regulate deep-sea production everywhere in the world, most of which is paid for by American money. But the treaty would tax this for the benefit of foreign freeloaders. The environmentalists support the Law of the Sea because they think it will enable their lawyers to sue Americans before a 21-member International Tribunal in Hamburg, Germany, where judgments can be issued against Americans and cannot be appealed to any U.S. court. The whole concept of putting the United States in the noose of another global organization, in which the U.S. has only the same one vote as Cuba, is offensive to Americans. The Law of the Sea Treaty must be defeated.

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