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Yeah, it has more to do with a lot of Americans wanting to maintain national control over their infrastructure. Can't blame them.

It's called sovereignty, something I thought the Right loved above all.

asdf, good try but miss. The USian Left has its own periodic bouts of madness but that's not one of them.
by Francois in Paris on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 11:03:55 AM EST
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I agree that this is about security.  While the British are unquestioned allies of the US, the UAE is a scary place.  Consider these facts:

  • The UAE was one of three countries in the world to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.

  • According to George Tenet, the former Director of the CIA, members of the UAE royal family visited Osama Bin Laden in February 1999 (before 9/11), and their presence deterred an American attack on Bin Laden's compound.

  • Two of the 9/11 hijackers were citizens of the UAE.

  • According to the FBI, money was transferred to the 9/11 hijackers through the UAE banking system.

  • After 9/11, the Treasury Department reported that the UAE was not cooperating in efforts to track down Osama Bin Laden's bank accounts.

  • The UAE has been a key transfer point for illegal shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

  • According to the CIA, the UAE is a drug transshipment point for traffickers given its proximity to Southwest Asian drug producing countries.

Why would anyone what them to be running part of the national infrastructure?

by corncam on Thu Feb 23rd, 2006 at 12:35:37 PM EST
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