The Case for Diplomacy

There are two paths that lead to wealth and honor – one is that of learning, the other that of arms.

About the only good thing you can say about the current economic crisis is that it has taken the focus off of the saber rattling that comes around every four years.  You know what I’m talking about – how one candidate will keep this country safe while the other will surely put its very existence at great risk.

Here’s what I don’t get – when did the rush to arms replace dialog and diplomacy as the preferred course of action to resolve disputes and tensions?  When did listening and negotiating become signs of weakness rather than honorable and just?

It is sad that America has lost its stance in the world and that the country has lost the respect and trust of so many nations.  It is even sadder that there are those that deride one of the presidential candidates because he has the ability to draw large crowds of Europeans to hear him speak – perhaps they would rather the world fear us than respect us.

Diplomacy is defined as “the art of conducting international relations, as in negotiating alliances, treaties and agreements.”    It is also defined as “tact and skill in dealing with people.”

Diplomacy – not fear or threats – must be the preferred path back to wealth and honor for America.

~ by chuckmattina on September 25, 2008.

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