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Kandahar Massacre (2012)

The legacy of 1812: Protect our seas, protect our economies

Grand anniversaries often make us ponder the links between our past and our present. Baltimore's superb bi-centennial commemorations for the War of 1812 have been no exception. Watching the buzz of commercial activity in the harbor has reminded me vividly that our reliance on the sea is even more relevant now than it was when the Royal Navy blockaded Baltimore's port all those years ago.

For centuries the sea has fed us and fueled our lives. Our oceans have been a gateway for trade and a cradle for resources. Access to the sea and the freedom that access bestows have long been vital to the security and economic aspirations of nations, not least ours. But today, irrespective of which...