More evidence why the UAE should really be outlawed and penalized, and should most definately not be seen as an ally: they're one of the biggest supporters of Al Qaida
. In 1994, a survey of Arab countries showed that many Islamists there were bin Laden supporters, with 19 percent
in the UAE at the time, and in Jordan, fifty-five percent
of Islamists supported bin Laden. Anti-Americanism was at a height of seventy-three percent at the time, and it's quite possible that things could've gotten worse since then.
It's good that the Dubai deal didn't go through, and it looks like their government's abandoned the attempt
to take over the ports (link via Jihad Watch
), but it would be even better if the UAE were to be boycotted altogether for aiding the enemies of democratic countries. They should not be recognized as allies or friends, and it would be advisable to also withdraw all diplomatic relations with them.
Labels: jihad, terrorism, UAE