Chris Moerdyk

Diplomat is just another word

2013-08-05 10:29

Chris Moerdyk

The United States government has officially redefined the meaning of the word "diplomatic".

The Oxford dictionary claims that being diplomatic involves being "tactful and adroit in personal relations".

The US Government believes the word means "bowing, scraping and smiling at your friends and then stabbing the bastards in the back".

This new definition has come to light in the trial of a US serviceman, Bradley Manning who, unlike murderers, rapists and errant investment bankers, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Manning has not killed or raped anyone. He has not harmed anyone. He has not caused anyone to lose money.

All he has done is caused the recall of two United States ambassadors and seriously embarrassed his government by leaking information showing how the US bowed, scraped and smiled at their foreign allies and friends while at the same time stabbing them in the back and pretty much assassinating their characters.

No one hurt

True, Manning has broken the law. He signed the equivalent on a non-disclosure agreement that he would not leak any of that embarrassing information about what the USA thought of its friends.

People in business who sign non-disclosure agreements and then ignore them with the result that it costs a lot of people lots of money, do not get put in jail for life. They get far lesser sentences than rapist and even errant investment bankers.

Right now there's a guy called Edward Snowden who has just managed to move out of Moscow airport where he has been living for the past month. His major crime was to leak the fact that the United Sates government had been spying on their friends.

No one was hurt. No one was was killed and no one one lost any money.

But, if the US ever manages to catch Snowden he will join Manning in jail for life.

Intelligent Americans

The incredibly good news about all this is that a recent poll has shown that 55% of Americans believe these two men are not traitors or enemies of the state but honourable and courageous whistle-blowers who have exposed the people who run their country as being two-faced, lying bastards.

By the way, the US government has never denied doing any of the things Snowdon and Manning leaked.

But, 34% of US citizenry believes that Manning and Snowden are traitors.

All of which proves that the vast majority of Americans are intelligent and about one third s have IQ's of below 5.

One presumes these are the same people who want to try and prevent all the terrible shootings in the USA by giving people more guns.
But, I guess I shouldn't just pick on the US government.

Other so-called democracies are just as bad. I am convinced of it.

A dirty game

Diplomacy is now a dirty game. And getting dirtier by the day because those of us who live in democracies keep re-electing the same people who smile on one side of their faces while laughing at our stupidity on the other.

It does gall me, however, that the country that once was the world's leading democracy is now making democracy look a lot worse than the most evil dictatorships.

In fact, that's probably all democracy has ever been - dictatorship by committee. 

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