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Friday, March 31, 2006

Was Bush wrong about the ports deal?

During the semi recent fuss about the possibility of a Dubi based company running US ports, many accusations were thrown about of racism, protectionism, anti-Americanism, and much more. On one side was President Bush pushing for the deal to go through, and on the other a majority of the congress opposing it.

It seems now that after the fact... President Bush was wrong about his support, but not for why you would think...

Remember Hamas? After their recent victory in the Palestinian elections and their new found legitimate control of the Palestinian Territories, I wondered if they would now be considered a terrorist state given that the group is considered by the United States to be a terrorist organization.

What does this have to do with Hamas? Some countries like the United States and Canada have cut their funding for assistance to the Palestinian Authority because of the election.

One country in particular hasn't... the United Arab Emirates.

The Bush Doctrine which was first stated as: "make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them" and has since been expanded to include pre-emption and it is debatable if providing financial support to terrorists would be considered harboring them... the US State Department is a little more specific when defining the term 'engage in terrorist activity':

to commit an act that the actor knows, or reasonably should know, affords material support, including a safe house, transportation, communications, funds, transfer of funds or other material financial benefit, false documentation or identification, weapons (including chemical, biological, or radiological weapons), explosives, or training-

(bb) to any individual who the actor knows, or reasonably should know, has committed or plans to commit a terrorist activity;


Under this definition then... the United Arab Emirates and... really any country that provides material or financial aid to the newly created Hamas government too would be considered to be terrorists themselves.

Do I think there will be military actions because of this? No.

Do I believe that there will be rhetoric and continued bad blood between those involved? Oh yes.

Granted, the outgoing Fatah government was the political arm of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a group who is considered by the Israeli government to be a terrorist organization, but unlike Hamas, has recognized the right of the State of Israel to exist. In 1993 Yasser Arafat wrote:

The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in Peace and security.


And

the PLO affirms that those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israel's right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent with the commitments of this letter are now inoperative and no longer valid.


So now the question is... where else might this go? Only time will tell.

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