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  •  Arab != terrorist (4.00)
    Thank you for posting this comment.

    It just really rubs me wrong to read comments like this:

    Another big fat IOKIYAR--can you imagine what Rush&Co would be saying if Clinton had allowed an Arab company to run our ports after 9/11?

    Would it be better if they were white instead? Let's please try to get away from Arab/Muslim = terrorist.

    •  It might just be his shorthand (none)
      for the wingnut worldview, which is so blazingly self-contradictory, ie, not his view, no offense intended.
    •  For the record (4.00)
      this country was attacked on 9/11. The perpetrators of that attack just happened to be: Arab. Muslim. Terrorists.

      Now, also for the record, not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims are terrorists, and not all terrorists are Arab Muslims. But, at this moment in history, this nation is at war with Arab Muslim Terrorists and our president has just approved letting our ports be operated by a company based in a country where quite a few of these people live.

      It's almost, but not quite as bad, as if FDR had allowed our ports to be run by a German company during WWII

      Finally, for the record, in a crucial and hotly contested election which will, once again, play out on issues of security, it would be the height of folly to be the party which is seen as being soft on terrorism, which is exactly how "try(ing) to get away from Arab=terrorist" will be spun by our enemies in the "liberal" media. Rightly or wrongly, a significant proportion of the populace does equate Arab Muslims with terrorists, and not entirely without some justification.

      Hammering BushCo for selling us out to our enemies is a winning strategy. Period.

      Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

      by drewfromct on Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 09:16:31 PM PST

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      •  sorry, no (none)
        Just because a lot of Americans think that most Arabs/Muslims are terrorists doesn't mean that we should pander to that.

        It's this kind of attitude that alienates moderates in the Arab and Muslim worlds, leading them to think that they're suspect just by religion or ethnicity. If we really want to win the "war on terrorism", we need to make extremism less attractive to people. Acting in a prejudiced manner to them isn't very helpful.

        Americans launched a war of aggression against an Arab country (Iraq) based on a series of lies. We've killed (at even the most conservative estimate) tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians - more than the number of Americans killed on 9/11. We set up torture sites like Abu Ghraib. There are now death squads in Iraq.

        With that in mind, turn your argument back around to how Arabs might justifiably feel about America. It cuts both ways, I'm afraid.

      •  no (none)
        So knee-jerk racism towards all arabs is patriotic now?  Sorry, no.  Racism is wrong.  If most white Americans are still racist towards black people are you going to defend that too?

        Rightly or wrongly, a significant proportion of the populace does equate Arab Muslims with terrorists, and not entirely without some justification.

        I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking. --Cartoon Dog, The New Yorker

        by markymarx on Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 02:22:25 AM PST

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