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Protraction, Distraction And Eventual U.S. Domination

posted 20 Nov 2010, 07:53 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 20 Nov 2010, 07:57 ]

I am at a loss when trying to understand diplomacy from an
American's point of view. It seems to me diplomacy should be
conducted in a fashion similar to a competitive sport in that
there are rules to be followed in carrying out the various
strategies brought to the field of play (or conference

table). The rules are set forth and agreed upon by each of
the teams (countries) and there are referees (the UN)
present to assure everyone plays by those rules. With
globalization in full swing one would think this form of
civilization management would be welcomed with open arms.
However, this isn't the case; in fact it is far from it. The
US, one of the countries adapting to such a philosophy, finds
itself between a rock and a hard place because of our
adherence to such strict protocol. I am not suggesting we
toss the protocol, not at all, but those in the field of
diplomacy must understand the consequences of allowing
countries such as Iran to stage-manage us and, for the most
part, I think they do. However, I am not sure President
Obama does and ultimately he is the go-to-man when it comes
to such matters.

Continuing on using the competitive sport example this is
how I see it. The two teams (A & B) show up on game day,
they vow to follow the rules or face consequences
(penalties) and the game begins. Half way through the first
period team A—Iran for instance—decides to
change the rules without proper notification of team
B—the U.S.  Soon team B notices a change in the rules
that has benefited team A and calls a time out. Coaches,
captains, referees meet to discuss the rule change and
eventually, through civil negotiations, the rule change is
agreed upon by both teams and the game begins again. In the
meantime, while negotiations were being conducted, team A
has gained a small edge and as team B makes the adjustments
necessary in order to abide by the new rule change team A
calls for another review by the referee charging that team B
manipulated the new rule to their advantage—whether
they did or didn't is irrelevant. While the referee,
captains and coaches discuss the allegation made by team A
against team B team A gains another edge. After a series of
these strategic moves team A has accumulated a rather
powerful advantage against team B. Ironically team B is
wholly aware of what is taking place but because of its
desire to remain transparent and true to the original rules
of the game it is rendered impotent and impotence breeds
more impotence resulting, eventually, in team A's dominance
over team B. Following the rules of the game is a noble
aspiration when others agree and follow too but at some
point—when an apposing team doesn't—the gloves
must come off. That doesn't mean throwing the rule book
away, it simply represents a refusal on the part of team B
to allow rule boundary expansion under any circumstance.
Think President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Only a few play by the rules and those that don't have an
ulterior motive for not following regulations specific to
maintaining peace around the globe. Those motives, while
ulterior, are obvious; world domination, imposition of a
certain culture or religion or the eradication of a culture
and/or religion. Right now the US is waiting to see how
sanctions against Iran will work in persuading that
leadership to finally agree to halt their quest for nuclear
weapons. I'll stick my neck out here and say, 'sanctions
will not work', and it is reasonable to think Iran has a
plan brewing to make the US and our allies think they are
working while continuing on with the aforementioned quest.
Some day within the next few years, maybe sooner than later
if we leave the gloves on and continue to pull punches, we
will awaken to the news that Iran has a workable missile and
a nuclear warhead atop it and it is aimed at Israel. I am not
saying they will fire the missile, but just having it on the
launch pad is enough to change the Middle-East geopolitical
dynamics forever.

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