Friday, March 10, 2006

About Dubai

"The national security issue is a red herring." -Mises Institute

Exactly. I have been to a few right-wing online forums lately and have noticed how some ultranationalists use this "national security" issue as a way to mask their ethnic-based hatred of Arabs and Muslims. But many Republicans, such as George Bush, have defended the decision to buy port services from a Dubai-based company. Buying from Dubai Ports World is just as risk-free investment as any other port deal and what some ultranationalists don't get is that America's port security would still remain a government responsibility - no matter who runs the port services. The United Arab Emirates has been America's ally since the beginning of the war on terror. The ultranationalists are trying to send a wrong kind of message to America's friends in the Middle East.

From Reason:

So, in the end, what we are telling Arab moderates in no uncertain terms is that it doesn't matter what they do; what matters is what they are. After all our posturing about the hypocrisy of Arab and Muslim moderates who haven't stood up to Middle East extremists, it turns out our only reward for the people who do take a stand is a mix of distrust and contempt. The Dubai Ports World controversy is a perfect example of such a reward. And that, in the end, will most likely end up costing us more lives.

Dubai, the most prosperous of the seven emirates of the UAE, is one of the most (if not the most) liberal regions in the Arab world. It's socially quite tolerant, at least compared to every region surrounding it, and economically one of the freest regions in the world.

More at Ludwig von Mises Institute.



Blogger Jason Ward said...

Great post... I completely agree.. Conservatives have fell into a trap and their xenophobic fears have triumphed. It doesn't say much more this country when we say. "Hey, we'll invade and give you democracy, but if you plan on doing business with us that is another matter"...

I suspect the reasoning is quite different between the parties. The Republicans as I mentioned in the last paragraph and Democrats don't want to push this deal because then they would have to concede that US policy in the Middle East is working.

Security concerns are a facade, they know damn well that US Customs will continue to run post security. The real issue the opening up new markets in the Middle East which will help promote Americanism abroad, and Democrats don't want any part of that.

March 13, 2006 7:29 PM  
Blogger Jason Ward said...

I meant "port security"

March 13, 2006 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Petteri said...

Great post, Mikko! I also agree almost totally with Jason Ward above.

This whole issue has been a total shocker to me, for I find myself in agreing with W. What's happening to me!

March 14, 2006 5:03 AM  
Blogger Jason Ward said...

I must have been drinking when I wrote that 1st post. My grammar is terrible...

Some revisions:

1) It doesn't say much ABOUT this coutry....

2) 2nd paragraph sounds terrible

3) The real issue is that opening up new markets in the Middle East will help

I'm not really this anal about such things, but that post sounded terrible.. Keep up the good work Mikko

March 19, 2006 9:42 AM  

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