PATRIOTISM, said Samuel Johnson, is the last refuge of a scoundrel. That may be unfair to the proper sort of patriot, but it would be an entirely valid comment about politicians today who make a fuss about foreign takeovers in their countries, in the name of “national interests”. The truth is that they are not defending their nations' interests at all. They are defending their own interests and (often) those of their cronies.
It also commented that the backlash was a slap in the face of Dubai. But as news came in that the UK courts had approved the deal despite the objections of Eller & Co, the US P&O partner who is opposing the deal, it could be said that, either way, this deal has heightened awareness of Dubai and the UAE. There are probabaly some converts who read through the hate campaign, and there are sceptics who were never going to be converted.
What can be said is this: throughout the case, DPW has behaved impeccably, neither resorting to cheap tactics, nor hurling accusations. Objective onlookers will look at the situation and see the benefits of working with UAE related companies, government funded or otherwise. Whether or not the path will be blocked with investment in the US, other economies will open the arms to the benefits of working with the UAE, whose sole aim is to diversify, and to adopt best practice operations, especially in new international markets.
I'll take those positives as a win.