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  •  I'm getting a little tired of the anti Arabism (1+ / 0-)
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    Sui Juris

    I hope it ends on the left when Bush leaves office, I can understand it now that these Gulf states are preceived as Bush's allies and sponsors, but it really irks me. Like that Dubai ports deal, all the Democrats were up in arms about a purchase by a huge interantional port managerment company of some American ports. Because the majority shareholders are Arab and therefore there's a terrorist risk of course.
    You can find faults in any third world country, but these places aren the cutting edge of modern capitalism, open to the world, trading, innovating, building islands that look like the globe. They are trying to contribute something and to participate in the modern world, and the Democrats just want to push them away, stick their nose in human rights abuses (which, just from the litany above, are no worse than the US's, which itself is a major participant in the slave trade).  
    These emirates are the most promising developments in the Middle East, eager to trade with the US and invest their money in American companies and infrastructure, and in return they get a big fuck you from America unified as always on one principle - racism. I guess since no Arab country measures up to the standards of Western Europe, the only good Arab is a dead one and they should stay out of our country!  

    A pessimist is just a well-informed optimist.

    by Marcion on Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 11:47:59 AM PST

    •  Mostly well said (0+ / 0-)

      I don't sign on with the last paragraph (I think it's more complicated than that), but I'm with you on the general sentiment.

      It's a tricky balancing act.  Take the labor issues, here.  On one hand, those are truly abysmal and unacceptable conditions.  On the other?  People from India and Pakistan are falling all over themselves trying to get those jobs so they can send the money home.  Both sides of that are well worth remembering here.

      •  any country has its problems (0+ / 0-)

        America's ongoing treatment of its own status less labor force is one example. So when other countries come to us in a spirit of friendship and commerce and open themselves to us, we sholdn't use that moment to hector them on their deviations from our legal codes. I think there is room for criticism and improvement, but taking a paternalistic moralizing tone just comes across as neo colonialist hubris.

        A pessimist is just a well-informed optimist.

        by Marcion on Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 12:39:01 PM PST

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    •  As a woman (1+ / 0-)
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      I would find life intolerable in most of these countries. They can be willing to invest all the money they want in the US, but that would hardly make up for the mistreatment of women and other groups.

      A close friend of mine from Saudi Arabia left because of the denial of basic freedoms, and those still exist, so my views are not just Arab bashing. I have lots of details about how life is lived there.

      Granted not all countries in the Middle East are the same, and not all Arab countries are the same. Lebanon would, I think, still be better, and probably Syria.

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