Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Wrongful Assassination of the DPW Deal

It's only March, but one of this year's worst political moves will certainly be the killing of the Dubai Ports World deal. While there were a few principled voices expressing concern over this deal, the vast majority of negative reaction was based on ignorance, bigotry and/or political opportunism. A real low point.

Don't believe me? Read this post at Done With Mirrors and read the articles linked there.

Those who killed this deal have no reason to be proud.


Blogger Mike said...

Just out of curiosity, how do you distinguish between the "few principled voices" and the rest of us, who were apparently racists? We were all making the same arguments.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Alan Stewart Carl said...

Well, I don't know what you specifically had to say about the matter, but generally I was quite fine with people who said the deal needed further review. But a lot of people wanted the deal killed out-right--that, I feel, was a reactionary position that could not be supported by the facts.

A lot of foreigners run opperations at a lot of our ports, including the the Venezuelan government who is far less friendly and cooperative than is the UAE. And if you throw in all the foreign interests that run cargo ports at our airports, it becomes really hard to justify why DPW was somehow less qualified and more dangerous than any other group.

8:39 AM  

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