Diplomacy is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as a tact or skill in handling affairs and or contentious issues without arousing hostility. It is a complex and often challenging practice of fostering relationships in order to resolve issues and ADVANCE INTERESTS. On the international and national front, diplomacy is known to typically deploy its dexterity to secure advantage for ONE NATION. Diplomacy is the principal substitute for the use of force or underhand and unorthodox means means in statecraft.
Diplomacy doesn’t necessarily make up for the problem it was tailored to redress but rather masks it up. It is a timebomb which if triggered can set a country helplessly on topsy turvy.
David Lloyd George was once quoted as saying that diplomats were invented simply to waste time. That is the utter truth and it is backed by Irish sages of old whose adage says ‘A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing’. Resorting to the use of diplomacy is just but a waste of both time and monetary resources.
On the international scene, French has always been used as the official language for resolving diplomatic rows. However, scholars argue that French is increasingly anachronistic as a language of diplomacy. However, I don’t think French is to blame for the failure of diplomacy to bear any fruit. Diplomacy is in itself a desperate attempt that is all but bound to be futile. If it is an election that’s the bone of contention, then nullify it and go back to the battlefield and face new elections. If an appointment is not meriting and has triggered outcries of foul play, then have it re-done all over again sticking to the laid down principles. Diplomacy is not an ender, it only helps pile up the potential for an outburst of rage and topsy turvy.
Africa is a textbook example of the failure that diplomacy is. Diplomacy gave Kenya a Grand Coalition Government where the section that did not deliver could fall back to the ‘half-loaf’ antics as scapegoat. Zimbabwe also found itself in this very situation, and Old Bob and Uncle Morgy’s regime at the helm hasn’t brought about any substantial prosperity.
Why then go the diplomatic way? Let’s hit the bull in the eye. Hit reality where it hurts most and solve all problems at source ___ no make-ups please!
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