Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: The selling out of America
Getting back to the point of this thread, the selling of America's security at critical entry points to a firm owned and operated by the UAE.
Shabah, the nearly unilateral recoil by American citizens to this announcement has less to do with specific knowledge of the company and its officers than it does with fear. Fear that has been fanned by the present Administration to its political advantage, and will continue to be fanned when it is deemed to benefit their political aims. That fear of Arabs has been fanned by Arabs as well. In the threads about the cartoons and the Arab reactions to those cartoons the cultural differences between the mindsets of Westerners, Americans to be specific in this case, and the Arab Muslims (possibly other Muslims as well, but "we" know a lot less about them - not to say "we" know much of value about Arab Muslims) was discussed. This difference, as illuminated by the light of those fanned coals of fear, has raised some gut level distrust. The only Arabs to seem to really be in power are the radical Muslims. Sure there are some front men, even Emirs and other VIPs, but they seem to take orders from the religious leaders and the most outspoken anti-American religious leaders seem to be only ones with real power.
I agree with you and Bot that one hijacker does not a terrorist nation make. However, people in high places in the UAE banking and business world had a lot more to do with enabling the 9-11 attack than Saddam. Have they been rooted out and tried? Maybe, but I don't recall any such campaign.
In the end, the bulk of the Arab Muslim population is again being painted, unfairly and unfortunately, with a color of distrust. However, until there is a demonstrated effort to root out the bad guys and stop the threats against the United States, Great Britain, etc. this distrust will continue to be used by Arab bad guys, and American bad guys, to gain control of their respective national political arenas.
I for one would not subject the American psyche to this test at this time. It is going to fail and make things worse, not better. It is not the vehicle to establish a trust, it is galvanizing the distrust this administration under Bush has fostered to control the United States political and supposedly non-political seats of power. Hopefully the benefit will be that the pendulum will begin to swing the other way once this massive manipulation of the American populace becomes apparent to more Americans.