UPDATE 2: I just want to make something super clear here. If jumping on the Dubai hysteria bandwagon merely hurt George Bush politically and prompted some additional interest in port security, I'd be all for it. What do I care if the DPW/P&O deal goes through? But the whole thing feeds on a mindless anti-Arab jingoism that's genuinely dangerous, and that's why I'm not joining the fun unless I hear some really good reasons for doing so. As liberals, we're either serious about engaging with the Muslim world in a sensible, non-hysterical way or we're not. Which is it?
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
I don't know enough to form a hard opinion on the Dubai Ports World takeover of the six American ports, but my gut instinct is that this is mostly a flap over very little. The takeover involves a number of ports in other countries, all of whom seem (at least publicly) sanguine about it. Kevin sums it up well think: