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Notes from January 2005
world flounders through a hastily-conceived
"war on terrorism".
This new war --- an open-ended series of current
and possible future conflicts --- arguably arose, in part, because the USA
relies too much on military might and too little on diplomacy.
In the conclusion to a new book
the editors * demonstrate the relevance of Reid's approach today, as
Canada again strives to balance a far more powerful neighbour.
The editors of this insightful review of Reid's accomplishments,
strengths and weaknesses state a truth which is surely self-evident to all
keen, free-thinking observers of the tragedies on the world's stage:
the hatred of its foes and to woo its allies, Washington must begin to
address the unfulfilled promise of the United Nations and the cries of most
of its members for genuine social and economic progress".
* Stéphane Roussel and Greg Donaghy, in
"Escott Reid, Diplomat and Scholar"
(Donaghy,G and Roussel,S, editors),
McGill-Queen's University Press, 144pp., p.125 (2004).
Comment: the world is unlikely to heal
itself until more citizens of democracies
take advantage of the incredible information
available to them and start thinking for themselves.
Until then, we must hope and try to ensure that we have enough good
diplomats --- and enough smart leaders willing to pay them heed.
Document last revised 27 January 2005, 03 March 2006 / format amended 14 April 2013