Opponents of the takeover of P&O's US interests by Dubai Ports World (DPW) have succeeded in derailing the plans, already strongly supported by US President Bush.
Good old-fashioned US 'protectionsim' with an added dose of bigotry has succeeded in showing the whole world, and more especially the Islamic world, that however moderate, friendly and open an Arab nation may be to the rest of the world, in particular to the western world, it makes no difference to many of those who matter in the US - you are still just Arabs and we don't want 'your kind' running some of our ports. What about all the US-owned businesses in almost any country around the world you care to mention? What about the enormous levels of US debt internationally and the fact that the US has been living way beyond its means for many, many years?
Here's what The Indepundit has to say about this sorry affair - and he is certainly no wet-behind-the-ears 'liberal'; read the comments, too, some of them are pretty instructive in showing how bigotry has triumphed here as well as giving some interesting insights into how this may affect politics in the mid-term elections later this year.