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Pat T

This whole issue has caused total bemusement in Britain, where the takeover of P&O excited no comment. It is true that most Americans do not know the difference between Dubai and other Arab countries, global geography not being the national strong point, while Brits know it as a winter vacation destination and there have always been close links with the UAE. The whole point about Dubai is how different it is from the rest of the region. It is not a democracy, but the Al-Makhtoum reigning family have created a liberal capitalist Hong Kong of the Middle East, dedicated to successfully making money from everything except oil. This is far less harmful than religious fundamentalism, and the state's freedom from terrorism probably owes more to the fact that alone in the region it is successful at the West's own game, than any tacit deals with terrorists. Fundamentalism thrives on a sense of grievance and failure.

Dubai is a model, within its own culture, of what we in the West would want the Middle East to be. Rejecting Dubai ports sends a message that no matter how hard they try, Arabs will never be trusted. This is not only racist, but self-defeating. Oh, and there is indeed every reason why Dubai Ports would have a greater incentive to be more thorough on security than others

Arun Khanna

UAE was one of only three countries to recognize Taliban led Afghanistan government. UAE's links to charities that raise money for terror are well documented. However within UAE, Dubai is the most liberal emirate.

ben

They play cricket in UAE. That makes me a whole lot less nervous about the place!

ethan

Yep! I think you are absolutely correct...you can take Dubai as the most liberal emirate.

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