I’m really pissed off at our government and surprised at how open-minded our president is being (although I suspect he’s not really being open-minded. I suspect that there are other, monetary or political forces at work here). You’ve probably all heard that Bush is backing the sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned firm in Dubai and that pretty much everyone else in our government thinks it’s a horrible idea. The predominant argument coming from, well, everyone, is that it’s a security risk because Dubai is part of the United Arab Emerites (two of the 9/11 terrorists and some of the funding for the attack came from the UAE).
Let me make this crystal fucking clear: that’s racism. That’s racial profiling. Our government is basically saying that all Arabs can’t be trusted because a minority of them turned out to be terrorists.
I understand that security is a concern, but as security-guru Bruce Schneier points out, “trust comes through transparency and openness,” and, “the solution is openness.”
Thomas Jefferson said it best back in 1776: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”0 People like this. Be the first!