posted on Mar, 1 2006 @ 03:39 AM
Doctor Strangecraft has already explained in this thread, quite clearly, why all the furore and paranoia over the DPW deal is unwarranted.
Supplementing Dr. Strangecraft's contribution, two points need to be made.
1/ The Dubai-based company Dubai Ports World is simply inheriting these ports from the former operator, P&O, as part of a business deal. This
is happening because DPW is buying P&O in a perfectly legal and above-board transaction. Both are big, highly-reputed companies, well known and widely
admired in their line of business.
P&O also runs the main container port in my own country; doubtless this, too, will come under DPW management after the merger. No-one gives a hoot,
which is as it should be. DPW already runs ports or portions of ports in Australia, China, India, Malaysia, South Korea and half a dozen other
countries. Some of these countries (like China) are even more concerned about their security than the US is, but none of them is worried about DPW.
All this fuss is about a perfectly legitimate business deal of the sort perfected by American capitalists. Anyone who supports free trade and a more
interactive global economy ought to welcome it. Anti-globalists and protectionists will have legitimate objections based on their political and
economic views. That's fair enough. But anyone who opposes this deal because they see it as a potential security threat to the United States either
doesn't know enough, or else they aren't thinking straight.
2/ I lived and worked in Dubai for nearly three years. It's not the nicest place in the world but it sure isn't a mediaeval desert kingdom either,
not by any stretch of the imagination. It is by far the most modern and westernized of the United Arab Emirates, which form the most modern and
westernized State on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai and its rulers aren't buddies of Osama and his jihadists: they're potential
targets. The idea that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (the recently-invested Emir of Dubai) would go hunting with Osama bin Laden is so
far off the mark it is laughable. Just because someone wears a kaffiyeh and a dishdasha, it doesn't mean he's an Islamic terrorist.
It would be terrible folly, and a betrayal of the principles of American capitalism, if this deal were to be spiked simply because of anti-Arab
paranoia. Let's hope better sense prevails.