more on "the ports"22 Feb 2006
So, it seems like one side of this “debate” has basically congealed in a sad alliance between two groups of people: those on the left that are so committed to opposing everything Bush does that they’re willing to stoop to bigotry and xenophobia, and those on the right who are so committed to bigotry and xenophobia that they’re willing to defy Bush.
I find both positions to be a little disgusting, frankly. So, let’s go over this again: Not all Muslims are Arabs. Not all Arabs are Muslims. Not all Arabs are terrorists. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all terrorists are Muslim or Arab. (Maybe we can make a song out of this, I don’t know, what do you think? Anyways, continuing ..) The UAE is not composed of terrorists, or even entirely of Arabs. The UAE had nothing to do with 9/11. DPW is not a terrorist organization, it’s just a company that bought P&O (a British company), the employees of whom will likely to continue to work as they always have. Probably nothing much else will change hands but money.
There is a valid opposition to this move, of course: Bush continues to hand over control of the ports to ever-consolidated corporate conglomerates. Yeah, big shocker there. It’s not new, but it’s something to be outraged about. The fact that DPW is a company from the middle east is not.