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Crazy world, huh? It seems that anymore, everything comes back to Islam.

I mean, sure, the ports thing. I'm sure it has nothing to do with anything. Now that Jimmy "Let's give away the canal we built" Carter has come out in support of it, I feel much better. Not really. Interesting news regarding Dubai and the world of Islamic financing.


For those not familiar with Ms. Malkin, she's a conservative blogger; a bit more balanced than Ms. Coulter, IMHO.

And, yeah, the cartoons. Again, nothing. None of the MSMs have shown the cartoons to my knowledge; why is that? Even Fox! Fox did briefly show the cartoons when Michelle Malkin brought them in on posterboard and presented them on livish TV. So, that was what, fifteen seconds? Why do we respect the religion of peace over any other religion in this country? Okay, we know that Fox is 5% owned by a Saudi... ( http://www.aim.org/press_release/4222_0_19_0_C ) What about the rest of them? They can take courageous stands on other things, but not the protection of freedom of speech?

And now this; Yahoo! won't let you sign up if your chosen name contains the sequence 'allah'.


Oh, and I see that some naturalized Americans in Toledo who just happened to be (can you guess?) Muslim were arrested for planning terrorism. Thank McGargle for NSA wiretaps. (Hey, you know what? Poeple rarely call me from overseas. Any you know what else? When they do call, it's okay if the NSA listens!)

All of this crap has me teetering dangerously close to 'Islamophobia'. Did I ever relate the story of the Muslim friend of a friend at Red Menace I spoke to after 9/11? My friend (a non-muslim indian) had said his friend was nervous about the reaction of Americans after the 9/11 attacks. I ran into this person with my friend at a Red Menace 9/11 event; this maybe happened on 9/13. I told him that I felt bad for his discomfort and that I knew that Americans would not hold the actions of a few extremists against his co-religionists. The guy wouldn't look at me, didn't smile, had nothing to say in return about how he maybe felt bad for those that died, and refused to shake my hand. At the time, I thought the guy was just really nervous. Anymore, I can't help but think he had, shall we say, mixed feelings. Concerned for his own skin but perhaps in ideological agreement with the murdering hypocrites that used our open and accepting way of life to kill over 3,000 of us. In agreement with the 40% of British Muslims who want sharia law there ( http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=259552006). In agreement with the Lebanese guy in New Hampshire who felt that his religious law trumped US law ( http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Court+says+American+divorce+trumps+Islamic+one&articleId=68dd403e-76c3-4bdd-8906-af7259434ccb ). In agreement with the Quebec Muslims who attempted to get Sharia implemented there.

All of this gets really old. Really, really old.



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Feb. 21st, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
WWIII is coming.
Feb. 21st, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
for WWIII to happen the "world" will need to get off the fence... and by "world" I mean Europe.
Feb. 21st, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
I mentioned to T your earlier post about east coast ports being bought up by the sheik. His position was basically that you'd be surprised at how much property arabs hold in the US, besides convenience stores, doughnut shops, and gas stations. Also that UAE is the only arab country to have not gone to war. He gets to spend a good bit of time there regularly though that tall white boy certainly doesn't spend lots of time mingling.

Seems Baltimore is a little more concerned about this than other cities (no, I haven't seen the articles yet, but I'm going). Hopefully that will tell me if it's JUST east coast or it there's been buying around the country. When playing Monopoly I was always happy when I owned all the railroads, even though they didn't pay the rent well. Choo choos are fun.
Feb. 21st, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
We definitely live in a globalized world. But, when it comes to Nat'l Sec., handing over control of 6 major ports seems like a pretty darn bad idea.

I might be less opposed if it was a private company from the UAE, but the company is gov. owned.
Feb. 21st, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
That country is privately owned by one really, really, really wealthy sheik, isn't it?

Off I go, into the great wide internet.
Feb. 21st, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
That country is privately owned by one really, really, really wealthy sheik, isn't it?

Off I go, into the great wide internet.
Feb. 22nd, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
To understand the administrations position on the port issue I suggest you Thomas PM Barnetts books "Pentagons New Map" and "Blueprint for action". He argues that the only way we can win over the muslim world is to work for greater integration and connectivity.
Feb. 22nd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Ports
Here is Barnett this morning:
February 22, 2006
On Dubai port "scandal," I vote for connectivity
ARTICLE: "Bush, Congress Head for Clash Over Ports Deal: President Promises a Veto, As Repulbican Leaders Move To Block Dubai Acquisition," by Greg Hitt, Dennis K. Berman and Daniel Machalaba, Wall Street Journal, 22 February 2006, p. A1.
EDITORIAL: "Ports of Politics: How to sound like a hawk without being one," Wall Street Journal, 22 February 2006, p. A14.

EDITORIAL: "Paranoia about Dubai ports deal is needless," Financial Times, 21 February 2006, http://news.ft.com/cms/s/dcf9cd5e-a27e-11da-9096-0000779e2340.html

After lecturing the Europeans over the cartoon flap, it's awfully weird to watch the paranoia, racism, and pure political nonsense at work on the proposed purchase of a British port-managing firm by a Dubai corporation.

The message we send on this is clear: if you're Arab, you're immediately untrustworthy. Dubai seeks to become the Singapore of the Middle East, and watching that rather progressive model of capitalism + Islam reach out for this strand of connectivity in a venue it knows all too well (shipping) makes perfect sense, just like CNOOC reaching for UNOCAL last summer.

Is it the pretense of these "hawks" that America somehow "secures" itself in a globalized world, not being able to trust any others in this process?

This thing is so overblown on so many levels as to be truly, madly, deeply stupid as a political football. Shame on any presidential types for grabbing this one and running with it. Our goal in the GWOT is to connect the Middle East faster than the jihadists can disconnect it, so again, what do we say here to the people of Dubai,who have--believe it or not--done plenty to aid our efforts in the region at great personal risk to their national security?

This is something I harp on in BFA: either we reward countries tying to make the journey from Gap to Core or we stop pretending we're in this GWOT for anything other than our own profiteering--political or otherwise.

The biggest joke? This labeling of the contract as somehow putting the company in question in charge of our port security, when it's only about managing commercial activities. The Coast Guard runs security for our ports--always has and always will. This is misrepresentation of the worst sort, and it's why I argue against a strategic communications strategy with the Gap: our own politicians screw up that sort of effort on a daily basis. Better to police our own loose lips than seek any singular voice abroad.

People act responsibly when you give them responsibility. Dubai has earned that trust. Either we're true to our word or let's just go Tom Friedman's 'cut-them-off-at-the-gas" proposal and tell the entire Islamic world that we accept Osama bin Laden's offer of civilizational apartheid.

I'm with Bush on this one. He's showing some serious maturity on a subject about which too many in Congress are acting childishly.

Posted by Thomas P.M. Barnett at 11:39 AM
Feb. 22nd, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Ports
Thanks for another perspective. I am trying to keep an open mind and as more information comes out I am realizing there is truth to the xenophobic aspect of this.

One problem, I think, is that people already feel like our ports aren't very secure.

And, among the so-called experts there are widespread differences of opinion on just how much of a friend the UAE has been. (There are plenty of folks that smile to your face while passing out insults behind your back, if you know what I mean.) It can be a bit hard to decide who has their facts straight and who is playing politics.
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