Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Michelle, Michelle "A young girl's stupid, pointless journey from Damascus to Dubai"

Michelle Malkin is hard at work trying to find anything negative to say about the UAE to justify her righteous anger about Muslims the DPW Ports deal.

Her latest one is about a school censorship issue reported in the Khaleej Times:

Over 100 copies of the social studies text book, 'World Cultures' taught to the sixth grade children were confiscated by the Ministry of Education yesterday, for allegedly presenting Islam and the Muslim countries including Gulf states in a negative light while glorifying Israel on the other hand, Khaleej Times has learnt.

Minsitry of Education? That has an ominous ring to it. And confiscating books sounds pretty totalitarian too.

Of course, I wonder how Michelle would react if American textbooks taught American children that American soldiers were butchers and occupiers. I wonder if she would like it if the Vietcong and Muqtada Al Sadr were portrayed as freedom fighters?

Nevertheless, whatever the issue may be with the UAE's Ministry of Education, I wondered what that would have to do with the Ports deal?

I guess you could say she figures censoring the classroom is an indictment on the character of the country. Interesting. . .

  • John T. Scopes was convicted in 1925 of teaching the evolutionary theory of Darwin's Origin of Species in his high school class.
  • Ulysses was barred from the United States as obscene for 15 years, and was seized by U.S Postal Authorities in 1918 and 1930. The lifting of the ban in 1933 came only after advocates fought for the right to publish the book.
  • 1978 the Anaheim (California) Union High School District banned George Eliot's Silas Marner and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, for its depiction of the behavior of Scarlett O'Hara and the freed slaves in the novel..
  • Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice was banned from classrooms in Midland, Michigan in 1980
  • 1996, Merrimack, NH schools had pulled Shakespeare's Twelfth Night from the curriculum after the school board passed a "prohibition of alternative lifestyle instruction" act.
Source http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/

In this same post she also mentions the fact that DPW "participates in the Arab boycott against Israel."

DPW is running the port according to the rules set forth by the government of the UAE - rightly or wrongly. There is no reason to think that such a boycott would be in effect in our ports.

On at least three separate occasions last year, the Post has learned, companies were fined by the US government's Office of Anti-boycott Compliance, an arm of the Commerce Department, on charges connected to boycott-related requests they had received from the Government of Dubai.

US law bars firms from complying with such requests or cooperating with attempts by Arab governments to boycott Israel.

If Michelle wanted to have a rational discussion on why Arab countries boycott Israel and what can be done to end such behavoir, I'm all for it. The problem is that underneath all their outrage, the Michelle, Debbie and Charles' love it because Arab childishness allows them to sustain their bigotry and self-importance.

Michelle ends her post by saying Go ahead. Yell "Islamophobia!"

Ok, Islamophobia! You're using cultural complications as an exucse to question the security of a business deal?

We may not like much about Arab aristocracies and the way in which they run their countries but that has nothing to do with DPWs ability to safely and legally operate ports.

Until Michelle becomes an outspoken advocate for human rights around the world (and there are places that need way more attention than the UAE) she should shut the fuck up or be prepared to field accusations of racism and bigotry, mainly because she is a racist and a bigot.

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