Dennis may have a rather caustic sense of humor but he has done more real work on the Dubai port deal than just about anyone else out there. And I think he is right in seeing this controversy as part of a larger debate:
I am revisiting the issue for a variety of reasons. First, I want to examine in some detail the specifics of the issue itself. This is something that really didn’t happen in either the mainstream media or the New Media of the blogosphere. I have yet to see an analysis of the issue that pulled together the information needed to actually pass judgment in a rational and informed manner. Secondly, I want to examine the conundrum of the Pro-War Right. If the Dubai Ports World controversy highlighted one thing, it was the essential contradiction of the worldview put forth by many (but not all) within the ranks of those supporting U.S. military action in Iraq; that is, how can one maintain that Arabs and Muslims are to be feared, and our Arab/Muslim allies in the Middle East distrusted, while simultaneously justifying, in part, the use of force in Iraq as the start of a process of bringing freedom and democracy to an Arab, Muslim Middle East.
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