Category Archives: Diplomacy

Troops

“War is not only a matter of equipment, artillery, group troops or air force; it is largely a matter of spirit, or morale.” The words of Chinese soldier and president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek who knew a … Continue reading

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Cancellation

“We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.” The words of Scots theologian William Barclay which, while no doubt a wise philosophical approach, cut little … Continue reading

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Coincidence

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” The words of Albert Einstein. And whether or not God chooses to remain anonymous, the European Commission Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, does not.  He was hitting back on Sunday at accusations of political bias from … Continue reading

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Step by Step

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. The words attributed to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, which at least have the merit of being as self-evidently true as they are simple, and of universal application. Thus, may … Continue reading

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Global Peace

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” The words of George Washington, first president of the United States and a soldier, so somebody who might be expected to know a thing or two … Continue reading

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Historic

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” The words of Thomas Jefferson which have particular resonance in this part of the world where the history of the past is all too often, among … Continue reading

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Unexpected

“If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” The words of Heraclitus. Life was probably simpler in the sixth and fifth centuries BC, leaving plenty … Continue reading

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Rocket

“The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.” The words of US President Lyndon B. Johnson which, in an absolute sense are no doubt true. And although we live in more peaceful … Continue reading

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Conference

“No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.”  The words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, which may be an unduly cynical place to start or a welcome dash of reality, depending on … Continue reading

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Aggression

“Our capacity to retaliate must be, and is, massive in order to deter all forms of aggression.” The words of John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State under president Eisenhower, who concentrated on building and strengthening Cold War alliances, especially … Continue reading

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