Politicizing 9/11: The Mosque Flap Is Not the First Time





With Republicans already viewing controversy over the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York as an opportunity to mobilize discontented voters, Democrats are fighting back with their own accusations: namely, that the GOP is exploiting the September 11 attacks by politicizing the mosque debate.

Unfortunately, disagreement over the mosque (or whatever it’s being called) isn’t the first occasion that campaigners have used to kick around the 9/11 political football....

Dubai Ports: In February 2006 Congress and President George W. Bush butted heads over a business deal that would have given Dubai Ports World (or DP World), a company from the United Arab Emirates, managerial control of terminal operations at ports in several major American cities. Lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties argued that having a foreign company run U.S. ports was a national-security risk; some pointed to the fact that two of the 9/11 hijackers were from the U.A.E....

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