Bang Posted February 22, 2006 Share Posted February 22, 2006 I swear.. sometimes I think that it is a viable strategy to try to shame us into allowing the most ridiculously contrary move in perhaps American history. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060221/us_nm/ports_bias_dc Arab Americans see bigotry behind ports uproar WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arab-Americans contended on Tuesday that bias and bigotry, not security concerns, lay behind the uproar over a deal that would place commercial operations at six U.S. ports in the hands of an Arab company. The furor centers around the $6.8 billion acquisition by Dubai Ports World, owned by one of the United Arab Emirates, of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. P&O had been running operations at shipping terminals in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami, and Philadelphia. Citing what they say are fears of lax security, politicians from both parties called on President George W. Bush to cancel the deal and several began drafting legislation to block it. The issue was also increasingly being aired on conservative talk radio stations and in Internet blogs. "I find some of the rhetoric being used against this deal shameful and irresponsible. There is bigotry coming out here," said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. He said politicians were exploiting fears left over from September 11 to gain advantage in a congressional election year. It absolutely is jaw dropping to me. I am utterly flabbergasted. How can these people not put two and two together and realizer our bigotry and bias stems directly from our security concerns? I swear, it is absolutely mind boggling to me how these groups and nations can sit and demand fairness when they won't even recognize why the fear is there in the first place. ~Bang Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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