Thursday, February 23, 2006

Port Deal Madness

Regular readers to my blog are well aware that I've never shied away from criticizing the irrational and retarded reaction from my people on matters of terrorism and religious fundamentalism. I've always spoken out against the insanities of my community and always will. However, I cannot for the life in me understand all the fear that's being circulated regarding the latest ports deal which several U.S. naval ports were sold to a UAE-based company.

For one thing, any security fears that are being raised is, in my opinion, irrational. Security detail and procedure will be overseen by the U.S coast guard and international authorities. And just like their predecessors, this company will have the incentive to keep those ports safe. Should a security breach occur, that company's reputation would be tainted and would never again receive any future contracts anywhere. Surely that's some motivation to properly assure the security of those ports.

Second, should any legislative action occur to block this deal might have some dangerous repercussions. The Business community in the Middle East is one of the strongest allies the western nations have in combating terrorism and fundamentalism. If you go through any "chamber of commerce" in any city in the Middle East you would find many promising details: They're overwhelmingly secular, they have pushed their governments into singing on to the WTO, restricting state control of the private enterprise, they view the fundamentalists as enemies to their business interests so usually they're very happy to see terror-supporting regimes brought to justice. Should any legislative action occur to block this deal, it would risk alienating a very important ally in the future of status-quo change in the Middle East.

Thirdly, the UAE (the host nation of the enterprise that are about to control those ports) is by far one of the most pro-western governments throughout the entire Middle East. They're main commercial city Dubai, is run entirely through Foreign Direct Investment and Western Tourism. They both have the political and commercial interest to maintain good relations with the West. So fears of reprisal is not an issue with this country. Unlike Saudi Arabia, the royal family of the UAE has demonstrated a strong stance against fundamentalism and has been open to inner political reforms.

Anyone worried about this deal should just take a chill-pill and think this rationally. Any action taken to block this would result in more tension between both regions, and would risk alienating a useful community in the Middle East.

Update: Arab Bloggers weigh in:

SandMonkey: On Ports
Beirut Spring: American Racism

Update II: Nadz, as usual nails it:.

Look, here's my take on the whole thing - despite the natural instinct that this is scary, there is no reason to deny a company a contract just because they come from an Arab country. The UAE has had a pretty good record on the War on Terror, and companies will operate from a financial perspective, not an ideological one. We ourselves have done a pretty shitty job looking after our ports - bringing in an outside company is probably a good thing.


At Thursday, 23 February, 2006, Blogger Louise said...

Good one, AB. I hope you will write more about the moderate forces in the Islamic world. There are a lot of folks out there who can't seem to find them, and thanks to the media, that's probably because the press just isn't covering it.

By the way, you should visit Beirut Spring and grab the "No to Terrorism" logo for your blog.

At Thursday, 23 February, 2006, Blogger Nadz said...

your knightliness, i think we might be telepathic. I just did a post on this, and I couldn't agree more that this is ridiculous fear-mongering...

At Friday, 24 February, 2006, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Thanks Louise. I'll try to have that Banner on by tonight.

At Friday, 24 February, 2006, Blogger blueright said...

Most of this post was printed in The Toronto Sun (Feb.4 p.22). On the same page a writer (Rachel Marsden) has a opposing view. It makes for good balanced reading. Way to go Arabian Knight and The Toronto Sun.

At Friday, 24 February, 2006, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Really? Wow!! That's the second time I get published in the Toronto Sun! Unbelivable.

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