Friday, March 10

Fear the American Street

In the run-up to the Iraq War, Americans were warned that the Arab Street would "explode", and that we should be afraid of their reaction. To which a majority of Americans simply shrugged, and said "What are they going to do that they haven't been doing?" After all, it's not like the Arab Street hasn't been chanting "Death to America!", blowing up embassies, hijacking planes (and occasionally ramming them into buildings) for the better part of thirty years.

It's not like they were suddenly going to love us for not invading Iraq.

This week saw the rise of the American Street. When word got out that some aspect of our ports were going to be put under the control of an entity that was owned by an Islamic Emirate, the American Street errupted. No, we didn't errupt into the "streets" and burn UAE flags, or storm their embassies or start burning down Mosques or any of the other acts of impotent rage lovely things the Arab Street is known for.

We called our Congressmen. Blogs on both the Left and the Right posted everything from the erudite polemics to raging screeds, but the resounding NO! was heard in the Halls of Power.

And the deal died before the week was out. There were crys of "Islamophobia" from both the Usual Suspects and some who should know better.

An intense, abnormal, or illogical fear of a specified thing: xenophobia.

I would submit to you that it is not irrational to fear any control of ports, air terminals, or major infrastructure (Hey, why not let them run Savannah River Nuclear Plant while we are at it?) to a foreign power 96% of which's population belongs to a Religion that a majority of its adhearents have been calling for our deaths for decades, and some of its adhearents recently gave their lives to kill 3,000 of our fellow citizens.

There is a message to the Muslim world here. You have been sowing the seeds of American distrust for thirty years. Even now your mad mullahs in Iran are threatening the United States and Israel with nuclear fire. This is not in your best interest. There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, so you may think that you have the advantage in numbers. This is a miscalculation.

We can even the odds in thirty to forty-five minutes.

Americans are a patient, tolerant people, but as the Dubia Ports deal shows, our patience is wearing thin. We're growing tired of the infantile rants (not to mention riots) whenever your feelings get hurt. Grow up and get over it.

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