Thursday, March 09, 2006

What's up with the port deal?
(Please feel free to refute any of these arguments as you wish)

In non-technical terms, or anything, here is the story in a Q & A.

What's going on?
-Some UAE(United Arab Emirates) based company (politicians stress the fact that it is owned) wants to take over control of some US port terminals.

What's the problem with that?
-US congress along with the public (some web-based polls) feel it threatens national security

-DP(the company that is taking over) is owned by the UAE

What's wrong with that?
-Two of the 9/11 hijackers are from the UAE.

Is that it?
-No. Some Dubai-based banks were allegedly used to finance the 9/11 terrorists.

-Well, the US does not want its sea ports to be controlled by a country that has links to terriorists.

No country wants that.
-I know.

So why don't they reject the deal?
-The president of the US is backing up the deal.

But I thought the UAE has got links to terriorists?

So, why is the president backing up the deal?
-He thinks UAE is a major ally in the war on terror.

But the UAE has got links to terriorists?
-Yeah, I said that already!

So how come a country that has got links to terriorists could be a major ally in the war on terror?
-Welcome to the world of US politics!

No seriously
-Well, it is obviously the case that based on the fact that two of the hijackers were from the UAE, US lawmakers feel it is a threat to let DP have control over the ports. At the same time, UAE is a major ally in the war on terror.

So, it sounds like you're saying that anyone from the UAE could be considered a threat to US National Security?

But what if one of those terriorists bought a McChicken from MCdonandls, does that mean McDonalds has got links to terriorists?
-Sure does!

To be continued

Sunday, December 04, 2005

First thought

Hello all,

Thanks for coming across this space. This blog is part of, to express your thoughts and/or ideas. This site, albeit dedicated for teachers, welcomes all kinds of thoughts on any topics that may interest you. If you are interested to discuss issues the relate to Middle East conflicts, or issues that relate to Islam, please consider yourself more than welcome.

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