Tiger Woods design deal with Dubai: Nothing unique about taking loads of money to look the other way
Was it just a few months ago that many in the U.S. were stunned to find out that a Dubai company was going to pay to run several prominent U.S. ports? Even now, during a time when the U.S. is willing to try and privatize everything from social security to interrogating Iraqis, it was a little much for many to swallow.
Critics came out of the woodwork then to fight the deal, pointing out that two of the Sept. 11 hijackers came from the U.A.E., and that the plot was in part financed by funds from bank accounts in Dubai. Even Bill Frist, who has expressed a willingness in the past to work with the Taliban, jumped to action, saying he’d fight the takeover.
At the time, pundits were quick to paint Dubai as the enemy, pointing to a 2002 Zogby International poll that showed 87 percent of the population in Dubai had an unfavorable opinion of America. The controversial deal over the ports was supposedly cancelled, though the company, DP World, has just joined a federal pilot program to test the methods used to screen U.S.-bound cargo for radiation.
Go ahead about six months, however, when clean-cut, all-American sports superhero Tiger Woods accepts truckloads of money to design a golf course in Dubai, and he’s just being a wise capitalist, according to writers like Chris Baldwin, who accuses those who would oppose the deal to be just typical “narrow-minded Americans.”
“Dubai happens to be a burgeoning resort spot with the tallest hotel in the world, skyscrapers galore and an airport in which all the shops are open 24 hours (not just the Pretzel stand). In fact, it might have the coolest airport in the world, full of gadgets and ultra high-end shops,” writes Baldwin.
Wow. The tallest hotel in the world, you say? That must truly look impressive. Especially to the thousands of children enslaved there to ride camels for the entertainment of the rich.
Dubai also has a solid reputation in the sex-slave industry, with an estimated 10,000 women from sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, South and East Asia, Iraq, Iran, and Morocco possibly victims of sex trafficking in the U.A.E. And then there are complaints of terrible mistreatment of migrant, visiting workers, generally in the construction industry.
It’s to be expected to see Chris Baldwin fawn over Dubai. After all, his brother spent some time there while in the Navy and was impressed by the hotels, and all. Slave trading? Terrorist ties? Who cares, there’s money to be made. It’s the conservative mindset.
“[T]o belly ache that he chose Dubai over some spot in the U.S. for his first design is ridiculously simple minded. And yes, the main reason is surely that Woods will be paid a Kevin Garnett $100 million contract easy, before this thing’s done,” wrote Baldwin.
But one would expect more from Tiger Woods. He who so often receives massive trophies for winning the Dubai Desert Classic. Trophies that are usually handed to him by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who as recently as September has been accused of abducting and trafficking children as young as 2 to compete in the camel races.
“Why Dubai? Because I am excited about the challenge of transforming a desert terrain into a world-class golf course,” said Woods. “I have a vision of creating something that is uniquely mine.”
What is unique about choosing Dubai is how such an intelligent and obviously caring athlete as Tiger Woods can so easily look the other way when enough money is placed in front of him.
What would be truly unique, however, would be if Woods addressed these issues head on, rather than looking the other way while treating himself and his name as a corporation, where profit is the only consideration, so often at the expense of humanity.
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try to go out more often and learn more about the world. It will help in making you look less like an idiot and more like a civilized creature.
Are you then opposed as well to all the new golf courses being sprung up in China, so often notorious for child labor and inhumane work conditions in sweat shops, not to mention a communist government? A slew of American golfers and designers are getting into the white hot market there too.
While I'd love to see Woods fight for human rights, I'm not sure it's a golfer's role to contest cultural differences.
I agree his quote about building a world class course in the desert is total Bull. If he wanted that, he'd find some property with character like Bandon, Cali or even northern Michigan. Desert courses are nothing but hokey.
"Desert courses are nothing but hokey."
I am assuming you mean desert courses in Dubai and not in the U.S.?
I run a new desert course in AZ that is fun to play and a challenge to every skill level. Of course, I've only been at the game about 50 years, so my experience with golf courses may not be up to par (no pun intended).
In the meantime, yes, I prefer my courses in more wooded, rolling and green settings that can survive on natural water alone. It's the Midwest bias in me.
Desert snakes freak me out, too, ala Indy Jones.
Tiger Woods is the only American
accepting " truckloads of money" from
Shame on you Tiger, shame on you!!
What Brandon Tucker [Member] said in his comment is right, why not say anything about the investments going on in China.
I don't think you have anything to say which can be even put into consideration. Try filling the page with something more useful for golf next time.
I live in Dubai, so I can tell... For Camel races, today they use only robots... no kids allowed to race any more.. golf courses, yes Montgomery, Ernie, Vijay, Reetif.. you named all of them are building golf courses... why not Tiger... Tons on money.. but yes..
Like any other Amerian Biz Men in the UAE...
I would like to see your reaction if someone will give you a truck of money to build something in Dubai or to put your name on it.... unfortunatelly, you guys (and myself included) ... we have just not received the offer...
So guys do not BS your self with slavery workers (check all the "illegal" latin guys in the US working for peanuts... working girls... sure there are none in the US!!.. etc,etc
US is a great country like the UAE... with great Golf (though very expensive...)
so enjoy the good birdies & eagles where ever you are ... without giving much attention on where the rich guys are getting richer..
Most foreign workers here are paid $3 per day; (yep THREE US DOLLARS) to work 10 hours in temperatures of 40 deg ++; then housed 20 per room with a single tiolet between 40 workers; they are conned into paying $4000 to get the job with promises of a decent wage; when they arrive in Dubai they are enslaved; worse than slavery actually; slave owners look after their slaves, the contractors don't care about their workers.
Tiger talks about charities etc etc; but his great great grandfather Doss Douglas must be turning in his grave knowing that his descendent is on the side of the slave maters; who are building a Golfing community around his Golf Course selling villas for $10 million ++ whilst paying the labourers less than $3 per day, and then paying them at least 6 month late.
No this is not a bad dream; actually it is a bad dream come true for over a million virtual slaves working to build Dubai and the fortunes of their slave masters, of which Tiger woods is must now be considered one, turning a bline eye is no excuse for human degradation and abuse.
Woods is half African, and half Asian. Those Races have never had a problem with slavery, and wicked cruelty. Niether have Semites, for that matter. Arabs, and Jews. Slavery is still very legal in Israel, FYI.
WHITE Christians are the ONLY demographic that has morally opposed slavery, and W-H-I-T-E Christians ended slavery in the Western Hemisphere. No other Races CARES. Slavery thrives in the non-Whites world. And Whitey is not responsible for what the others do. Yet is routinely blamed for everything that has EVER happened to every Non White that has ever lived.
Turns out that this Champion O' Diversity is only out to scam and guilt Whitey into submission. He is a wholesale fraud, and a liar, like the the rest of the Race Hustlers. I am going to proclaim THIS story far and wide.
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