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Killing Port Deal Doesn't Have To Humiliate UAE - by Mark Davis

When someone with the foreign policy experience of a Richard Klein weighs in on the ports deal, I am inclined to listen. But when the headline of his piece refers to the "humiliation" he says the UAE would endure if the deal were stopped, it is clear that his objectivity is shot.

No one needs to be "humiliated." Are these the only two options? A smiling transfer of our ports to UAE control, or a dose of abject shame as the deal is yanked from them? For God's sake, can someone step in with some nuance? The UAE, like every other Islamic nation, is in a state of turmoil as the polar opposite factions of Islam fight for the future of their religion. Some of that turmoil is healthy, indicating progress toward a more moderate Islam. But as those battles rage, we cannot permit the added security risk of smoothing the path any potential terrorist faction would have in accessing a weak spot in our seaports.

Denying the UAE this contract right now is not a slap; it is a reality check. In no way does it prevent us from genuine appreciation for the help they have offered us from the highest levels. It is an acknowledgment that below the ruling emirs there is spread a conflicted population, some of whom like us and some of whom wouldn't mind killing us.

Mr. Klein writes:

If we cannot do business with the UAE, the U.S. has no real hope for any success among Muslim nations.

Wrong. Hope springs eternal that Muslim nations will progress to the point that we can trust them as much as we do the other nations currently running some U.S. port operations. We're just not there yet. Of course it is vital to win the battle for the hearts and minds of the Arab world. But that does not mean that we must lunge toward anything that may be desired by the Arab world or its apologists in America.

- Mark Davis
Host of The Mark Davis Radio Show