Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Port Hypocrisy

Why is it considered acceptable to challenge the takeover of U.S. ports by an Arab company simply because it is Arab, while proposing that law enforcement racially profile suspected terrorists is unfathomably racist?


At 9:48 PM, Blogger jay lassiter said...

Gay Jersey liberal says, "Maybe Bush has a point.."

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Nathan said...

Maybe because the issue isn't that it is an Arab company? Maybe because the company is owned by a foreign government? Maybe because that foreign government is a dictatorship that was one of three governments in the world to recognize the Taliban? Maybe because a number of the princes of that government were hunting buddies of bin Laden's in Afghanistan as recently as 1999? Maybe because al Queda used that government's banks and ports as way stations for cash and materials?

Had this been a Lebanese company, there would have been little complaint. A Jordanian company would probably have been ignored or welcomed with open arms.

But it't not. This is a company owned by Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, two entitites with repeated and regular support of the Taliban and al Qaeda.

The idea that this is solely because the Dubai company is owned by people of Arab descent is ludicrous, and a Bush administration talking point. At the least, this deserves better scrutiny that it got and that is what most people are asking for and what Bush has promised to veto.


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