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It's not racism or xenophobia.  Markos was raised in El Salvador (though apparently born in Chicago).  I hardly think he's the sort of person who would be guilty of xenophobia or racism, since both have probably been directed at him at one point or another.  The Left, with the exception of some among the socially-conservative manufacturing base in the Mid-West, is not very xenophobic in America.  As far as racism is concerned, I think the modern Dems' actions speak for themselves, from the late-1950s to the present.

What's happening is that the Dems are taking an opportunity to attack Bush on national security, because they see that area as their weakness.  The Republican congressional leaders are trying to avoid getting slammed by this and have come out against the proposal.

I'm not sure where I stand, honestly.  I haven't heard a lot of good news about the UAE, but I'm hesitant to believe anything I hear or read from the press, unless it's printed in a trustworthy newspaper or spoken by one of the two or three trustworthy anchors on television.  (And, even then, I prefer it to be backed up by foreign newspapers, too.)  I have heard that there were some fairly deep connections between the 9/11 hijackers and the UAE, along with other more-superficial terrorism ties.  But that's the extent of my "knowledge".

I don't see anything wrong with reviewing the proposal.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 12:07:17 PM EST
I hardly think he's the sort of person who would be guilty of xenophobia or racism, since both have probably been directed at him at one point or another.
That is an interesting argument.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 12:14:56 PM EST
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I didn't like the wording of it.  It didn't really make the point I was trying to make, as I reread it.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 12:43:21 PM EST
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I think that racial situation is different for Hispanics than for other people of color.  Hispanic isn't a racial designation so much as a cultural one in the United States.  So even you our KCurie might be counted as a hispanic in the US, if you were from Argentina you would definitely be counted as hispanic.

With the increasing acculturation of Hispanics in the US, and the near universal English proficiency in the 2nd or 3rd generation,I suspect that Hispanics will do far better than Americans of African descent.

African Americans are easily identified by their skin color.

Does this man look Hispanic to you?

He should he's John Aguilera the only Hispanic elected offical at the state wide level in Indiana (with a name like that the pale whiteness of my state is all the more ironic.)

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 03:01:46 PM EST
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Eh eh, good catch. Have a 4.

But still, Markos Moulitsas Z˙niga doesn't look Scandinavian.



by Francois in Paris on Thu Feb 23rd, 2006 at 03:21:26 PM EST
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