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Port deal: Islamaphobia or Islamistphobia
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The look pretty similar. Tony Blankely wonders which of them is manifesting itself in the Dubai port kerfuffle:
Of course Islamophobia is a repulsive mentality — suggestive of old-fashioned hate of others. But, as Denmark's leading Islamic scholar, Jacob Skovgaard-Petersen, explained in 2004, there is a different and growing phobia, which he named "Islamistphobia." This is not an atavistic hatred of another man's skin or faith or last name, but is instead the fear of the ideas and conduct of radical Muslims.
I certainly am an Islamistphobic and for good reason. As I mention below, it's a totalitarian ideology with no redeming social value (not that any totalitarian ideology I've ever known of has had any such value). But I try to resist Islamaphobia, at least in the sense that I reject the notion that all things Islamic are automatically bad.

It seems to me the two concepts are both evident in the political shouting that is going on over the port deal with Dubai.

Neo-populists are popping out of the woodwork with Hillary Clinton ideologically sharing a thought with Pat Buchannan (it has become a strange world lately, with Alan Dershowitz agreeing with both Bill Bennett and Tony Blankley on different issues). Clinton's article, "They're American Ports" in the NY Daily News twists a few facts to present a much darker picture of the deal in order to fashion a populist appeal.

Obviously I don't want the port deal to go through if there is a real threat to security. But I haven't been convinced by any of the arguments yet made that such a threat exists if the Dubai company replaces P&O. Until such an argument is made, I have to believe that in this case we're seeing more Islamaphobia than we are Islamistphobia.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

McQ, our blog the other day to an NPR story (here) in which Adam Davidson notes that none of the senators with whom he spoke were able to put him in contact with a single port security expert who backed their position. Not one. If you haven’t heard it, I think it is worth a listen.

We all know that port security is not as tight as it could be, but that is totally separate and apparently unaffected by whether or not this deal goes through. The posturing and rationalizing and the straw-grasping has been an embarrassment - it is pseudo-isolationism and, as you say, Islamophobia. The USCG memo was a dead end. The boycott of Israel is a dead end. None of these things materialize into a legitimate reason for stopping the deal. The only thing that seems to have been a real issue is whether the deal needed 30 days or 45 days of people noting that it is not a threat to national security.
Written By: Wulf
I object to playing “the race card” regardless of the facts. Even if one is convinced that the port deal is kosher, that is not a good enough reason to see opponents as driven by base motives. The debate has degenerated into what I call bigotry baiting. And this only harms a calm rational discussion. Let’s leave out suspicions of other’s intensions and deal with the merits of the issue. People can honestly disagree and on this issue one finds strange bedfellows, indeed.
Written By: Jason Pappas
Actually, it’s more "Bushophobia" where Democrats see a chance to score points against the administration even if they have to act like ignorant hypocrites, and where Republicans suddenly get scared and also run away...
Written By: shark
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By the way, Hillary needs to STFU, since Chinese-owned companies had a real sweet ride in this area when her hubby was in office...
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