Richard Klein makes the case for UAE in his oped entitled Great Risks in Humiliating a Reliable Arab Ally :
Commercial arrangements, union contracts, relationships with port authorities, U.S. government- required security standards, U.S. Coast Guard oversight and the people running day-to-day operations at these ports will not change. Yes, two Sept. 11 hijackers were from the UAE. But lesser known is that when the Emirates government learned two of its own were part of the attack it committed troops to fight alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan.
No rationalizing about motives, no suggesting Israeli Mossad or CIA conspiracies, no avoiding responsibility. The UAE was the only Arab and Muslim country to stand shoulder to shoulder with the U.S -- a display all too rare in the Middle East.
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UPDATE: The Anchoress, always a class act supports the Dubai deal but has some very respectful ideas about some of those who do not. Read her take on Islamaphobia.
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