posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 01:57 PM
I like every other clear minded sane American believe in diplomacy as a first course of action in conflict and foreign policy. There are very few
times when diplomacy should not be considered. I have two main reasons for my belief in diplomacy.
It can do no harm. Diplomacy as implemented by a qualified diplomat and debater rarely results in any widespread harm. Many feel that the word
diplomacy describes an apologetic stance. It doesn’t. It simply means that the conflict is resolved, or the war is fought in a briefing room
between politicians. A skilled debater is a good start at being a skilled diplomat. By a skilled debater I mean a person that can genuinely present
their truth in words, and convince his/her advisory to move on a subject and come away with a different point of view. This is good diplomacy, and it
is what should happen in a diplomatic meeting of minds.
I also believe in diplomacy because it provides a means of accountability for the actions of the government. They take a risk and go meet a person
that represents a country with a grievance to hopefully fight with their mind, not with guns and lives. Anyone willing to hold office should be
willing to do this for their country before they put the lives of others on the line. I believe that anyone in office that is not willing to do this
is a coward. Being a politician is a tough and dangerous job, but it is the greatest service to the country that one person can give.
People that have trouble with the idea of diplomacy in my opinion are too prideful, maybe even arrogant. “Pride goeth before a fall”
Historically the same people that are good at debate are also good at diplomacy. I am very scared by the fact that some highly skilled debaters do
not seem interested in the idea of diplomacy. If we can’t put those debating skills to use abroad, then what good are they? Domestic debate is
very competitive, but far less important being as our foreign policy and actions dictate so many things domestically, not to mention the sovereignty
of our nation.