RANT OF THE WEEK: DIPLOMACY COSTS LIVES

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Prince Charles compares Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. The Kremlin says Prince Charles is not fit to be King. Blah blah blah…

Meanwhile another group of people are killed in Ukraine in the most horrific way.

According to the BBC, A dawn attack on a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine left at least 14 soldiers dead, in the worst loss of life for government forces to date.

Heavily armed militants attacked the checkpoint in the Volnovakha area, in one of four attacks reported overnight in eastern Ukraine. The attacks come just three days before Ukraine’s presidential election.

All the while diplomats and their entourages are meeting to talk about talks and ‘explore’ ways to end the conflict without more violence and bloodshed. It’s a pity they aren’t keeping score of what has been going on already!

Sure diplomacy may very well avert the next World War, but diplomats spend too much time looking at the big picture. What about the details of here and now? How many more people will be displaced or killed by the time the big picture comes into view. Will they even be remembered in history?

Why isn’t diplomacy more straightforward? Scrap that question. To answer that, we’d have to understand why some leaders don’t really care about their people. But, the question is still on that vague, great area. Perhaps t should be , when did diplomats become superstars in their own right? They are meant to be working in the background, unseen, unnoticed.

Instead, the opposite seems to be true. And its that distraction that is costing lives. In Ukraine, there’s no sign that diplomacy is going to prevail over conflict at this point. That’s a frightening prospect, frightening enough to prompt Prince Charles to comment.

So can diplomacy step up a gear and fix this thing already!

Read more about the Crisis in Ukranine:

The New York Times
The BBC
The Guardian

 

 

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