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  •  You're a rational (none)
    man (assuming that you are a man) Basil. Perhaps a little too rational. Even if we could prove six ways to sunday beyond any and all shaddow of a doubt that no money would ever, ever be channelled to terrorists, you know good and goddamned well that it would be political suicide to give any American construction contracts to the Saudi Bin Ladin group.That's not racism. That's common fucking sense.

    As for a billion dollar firm like DPW not being so stupid as to jeopardize business by letting any funny stuff happen....maybe...maybe not. Businesses are run by human beings, and human beings, being human, are not always rational. Back around the turn of the century, everybody with eyes and a brain saw WWI coming on the horizon. But there was one man, Norman Angell, who wrote a book, The Great Illusion which proved that, given the global nature of capitalism, and the economic interdependence of nations that existed at the time, a global war on that scale was impossible...insane. Well, it was insane....but, sadly, all too possible.

    As I said, you seem like a rational...person...surely you can understand the apprehension---that countries like the UAE, which might be friendly and business-oriented today, might not be so friendly tomorrow. That even the greediest capitalists might cast aside profit for country or religion, or be overruled by those who do.

    Outsourcing our port operations--regardless of any security issues--- is bad economic policy because it allows the profits to flow offshore. It's hard for the wealth to trickle down to Main Street from as far away as Dubai and Zurich. That holds true regardless of whether the owners are British, Arabs, Chinese, or whoever.

    This is an anchor around the Rethugs' necks, and we can, must, and will use it to sink them in November.

    Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

    by drewfromct on Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 11:00:06 PM PST

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