DP World Ports Purchase letter

DP World Ports Purchase letter

e-mailed Saturday, March 4th, 2006 (similar versions to Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Dick Burr)

Dear Senator Elizabeth Dole,

Please do not get swept up in xenophobia surrounding the Dubai port deal. As yet the objections to this deal are nothing more than vicious racial profiling. To suggest America cannot do business with a country on the basis of their ethnicity runs contrary to the founding principles of our nation.

I do not unilaterally object to a further review of the deal, but we cannot and should not send a simple message that “Americans can’t trust Arabs or Muslims.” It is untrue and un-American. Not to mention, unsupported by the realities of the status quo. Saudi Arabia, country of origin for many of the 9/11 hijackers, not only does a huge commodities business with America, read:oil, but they also own port terminals in the United States, already. There is no unilateral reason to reject ownership by the UAE.

Finally, a bit of common sense, should surely put this matter to rest. It is not as if DP World, which incidentally has an American as CEO, is going to replace the Coast Guard or custom agents. Members of the American government will still be running security at the ports. Not to mention, any employees DP World attempts to bring into America will be subject to the very stringent restrictions Congress and the President have put on visa approval. 98% of the longshoremen and the crane operators will be the same unionized, patriotic Americans who were operating the port under the British.

Please do not get swept up in the racist rhetoric of dangerous times. Do NOT unilaterally reject the purchase of these ports by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

Thank you for your time and concern.


Aaron Mandel
Durham, NC

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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