Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Racial Profiling at the Ports

Bigotry is ugly no matter where it comes from. There seems to be a hint of it in the air involving the efforts by a company in the United Arab Emirates to buy shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports from the Bristish company that currently operates them. In the past few days I've heard politicians on both sides of the aisle talking about why this deal "must be stopped." Why? There aren't any American companies that do this type of work anymore. Why is the UAE company no more capable of running operations than the British company (who wants to get out of the business)?

There are politicians who are genuinely concerned because of the Global War on Terror (GWOT). I can respect their opinions eventhough we disagree on the substance. But, there are other policians who are simply race baiting and that is wrong. We should all step back, take a breath, and reexamine this issue thoroughly before we allow our emotions to get the better of us.

CBS News has a great story titled, "In Defense of Dubai" that looks at this issue from a more objective standpoint. I suggest we all try to do the same thing.

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