Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
So the Dubai port deal is history. I confess that I have no bad feeling about that, having fallen into the same mindset that the majority of Americans share where, forsaking logic and reason, we come up with the formula Arabs + ports = uneasiness. Democrats and Republicans alike, the ones who tell our security agencies that there can be no racial profiling whatsoever in dealing with airport security, are applauding themselves for saving our security from a country whose major crime seems to be that it is filled with Arabs. No logical reasoning was necessary. After all, they are ARABS. What more does one need? Who cares that they are our staunchest supporters in the Middle East, where we do not have an overabundance of staunch supporters? Who cares if Bush makes the statement..
"UAE is a committed ally in the war on terror," Bush added. "They are a key partner for our military in a critical region, and outside of our own country, Dubai services more of our military, military ships, than any country in the world.
"They're sharing intelligence so we can hunt down the terrorists," Bush added. "They helped us shut down a world wide proliferation network run by A.Q. Khan" — the Pakistani scientist who sold nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, he said.
after all, they are still Arabs. No, of course, Congress does not say the problem is because of that, rather that we should not have ANY foreign country in any kind of control of any of our ports in any way. Perhaps they were just asleep when the British owned those ports, but then then British are our friends. They are not ARABS. According to the New York Times, foreign-based companies own and/or manage over 30% of US port terminals. According to Time Magazine, over 80% of the terminals in the Port of Los Angeles are run by foreign-owned companies, including the government of Singapore. In fact, APL Limited, controlled by the Singapore government, operates ports in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Dutch Harbor, Alaska. That's ok. Singapore is our friend, too. Our security must be safe with them. None of these countries have ever attacked us or threatened us. Well, the British did but, after all, we DID dump their tea in the ocean. Surely they can't hold a grudge for this long! So who else? Chinese government-owned companies control terminals in the Port of Los Angeles and other West Coast ports, as well as both ends of the Panama Canal. Who could ever imagine us having a problem with China? Surely a country with such a rich tradition of freedom and democracy, one who has never threatened us (well, not counting economically) is acceptable. The fact is none of these country are ARABS so one must assume that our security, which would be in such peril with Dubai, is safe in their hands.
Bill Clinton certainly has no problem with Dubai, even if they are Arabs. After all he made $450,000 giving speeches there in 2002. He accepted almost one million US dollars to help build his library and negotiated with them to give 100,000,000 to the Hurricane Katrina relief fund. (I wonder if the hurricane survivors were aware that ARAB money was helping them!) Actually, with the ports deal, he offered to help them defend their right of purchase as long as they hired his one-time press secretary Joe Lockhart to be their Washington spokesman. You sure it was Trump who wrote The Art of The Deal? Needless to say, Hillary is not a happy Senator, being one of the driving forces behind squelching the Dubai deal. I see marital problems ahead - call me psychic.
This is not about Clinton, though.....it's about us as a country. It is about our loudly proclaimed sense of right and truth and equality for all. It's about our stance on non-prejudice. It is about our pleas to Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds along with a large variety of ethic groups around the world to put aside their prejudices and work at getting along. It is about our pride in the fact that we treat all people equally with dignity and respect. It is about the fact that we don't want Dubai managing any of our ports because they are ARABS. "I'll have a beer with you but don't try to date my daughter." If the world is not laughing at our two-facedness and shallowness, they should be. If the Arab countries who have heard us drone on about how we really respect the Arab peoples of the world and we are their friends don't shove their collective middle fingers in the air at us, they soon will be. All we do is talk the talk. We are the southern farmer who proclaims "There are only two things I hate - blacks and bigots.". We want Arabs as allies as long as they remember to enter through the back door.
Dubai has acted with more class than we. Congress may wave their hands and take a bow at this action if they wish but I see nothing they should be that proud of. They have shown the world that we are a racist nation who believes that any Arab, regardless of what they do for us, is not fully trustworthy based on the sole reason that they are Arabs. After all, Arabs attacked us, right? and they must be all the same, right? Why take the chance?
Nor am I proud that, still, after everything I've said here I still feel a small amount of relief that the deal fell through. I must be as jaded as the rest.