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Re: Still More Thoughts
Posted By: julian, on host
Date: Friday, September 28, 2001, at 06:36:57
In Reply To: Re: Still More Thoughts posted by wintermute on Friday, September 28, 2001, at 01:42:15:

> > > 2) The "diplomacy" consisted of 10 years of economic and diplomatic sanctions. That is to say, the British Govt actively avoided doing anything that might be seen as a diplomatic solution, focusing instead on applying pressure to Lybia, leading to the pain and suffering of untold numbers of civilians.
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> > > winter"Any other questions?"mute
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> > I have one. I don't know what this particular instance of it consisted of, but this "pressure" that you mention, is that the same as "diplomatic pressure"? And in that case, isn't that diplomacy?
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> > Or maybe I misunderstood "yeah" ...
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> > jul"just a question about terms"ian
> *Economic* pressure. And, yes, maybe that could be considered diplomacy, but if that's so, then threatening to send troops into Afghanistan (military pressure) is also diplomacy.
> winter"Take your pick"mute

Hmmmm... I'll pick the ... left! No! The right! I think the diplomacy I've been thinking of is the work done by diplomats, i.e. envoys of the state, and in that case I think both economic pressure and threatening to use force falls under that definition. I'll admit that this is slightly wider than

Main Entry: di·plo·ma·cy
Pronunciation: d&-'plO-m&-sE
Function: noun
Date: 1796
1 : the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations
2 : skill in handling affairs without arousing hostility : _TACT_

jul"diplomacy can be quite tactless"ian