Need United Arab Emirates Information?
Dean Esmay has a post with some additional facts about the United Arab Emirates. In the comments his co-blogger Aziz Poonawalla uses the term “the Hong Kong of the Middle East”, and from what I’ve read in that post and elsewhere that seems to fit. It looks like the UAE realized that oil isn’t going to last forever and so decided to make their country’s business the place to do business in the Middle East.
Based on the CIA Factbook the UAE has a pretty open economy and looks like a country that wants to be an economic force in the 21st century. And according to the State Department, while not perfect in regards to human rights and freedoms, the UAE is probably far better than many Gulf states. Gateway Pundit points out that the seeds of democracy are taking root in the UAE.
All in all, I can’t help but think that people are a little hysterical over the port deal “scandal”.
Over 80 percent of the terminals in the Port of Los Angeles, for example — the biggest in the U.S. — are run by foreign-owned companies. U.S. ports are owned by state authorities, and the workers who actually offload the ships that dock there are the same unionized Americans who belong to the International Longshoremen’s Association, regardless of which company hires them. Dubai Ports will not “own” the U.S. facilities, but will inherit the P&O’s contracts to run them, with no changes in the dockside personnel or the U.S. government security operations that currently apply to them.–emphasis added
What I despise most about this issue is that the people opposed to the port deal are only presenting selective facts here. They ignore things like COSCO a company owned by the Communist Chinese government (you know that government that spies on this country and steals our top secret information), or APL which is a Singaporean company…hello, Singapore, Jemaah Islamiyah?
Jemaah Islamiya is a Southeast Asian terrorist network with links to al-Qaida. The network plotted in secrecy through the late 1990s, following the stated goal of creating an idealized Islamic state comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines, and southern Thailand….Several J.I. members have been jailed for the planning of the October 12, 2002, bombing that killed 202 people in Bali.
Anybody paying attention?