Harold Hutchinson’s column in the TCS Daily today reﬂects my views on what the United States has done to the United Arab Emirates, an ally on the war on terror, a state that promotes religious freedom, a country that cracked down on an anti-Semitic outﬁt. He also correctly states that if two 9-11 hijackers were from the UAE, then the US should treat the UK in the same way (because Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, was from there), and ditto with Germany (the location of the Al-Qaeda cell that planned the attack). My earlier views are recorded here, but my negative comments toward certain Democrats apply equally to Republicans who are dividing the party for little more than securing a few nationalist, xenophobic votes for the mid-terms.
I thought in times of war the ruling party should be behind its president. And to show allies some degree of respect. Why was the UAE helping the US again? Probably not to get stabbed in the back.
The bigger picture is that this goes against the world we say we want: one where differences aren’t politicized, and we are against terror, and for harmony. Xenophobes are an ever-shrinking part of the electorate globally, encouraged only by fearmongers and politicians. Posted by Jack Yan, 10:36
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