The profile of the UAE has been damaged over the past seven days as its spat with Canada rumbles on. The general rule in global diplomacy remains the same now as it always has, if you seek expansion then keep quiet, divide and rule, use everything to your advantage, say one thing and do another. Woe betide if you follow this policy and then all of a sudden alert everyone to the fact that you want something so badly that if you do not get it then you will do everything in your power to force the issue. Such is

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