Thursday, May 12, 2005

Dumb Diplomacy is Deadly


American embassy staff leaving Germany 1917

Regular readers of this news service know that we concentrate a lot on diplomatic matters. Seemingly, this would be a boring topic but it ties together all the elements that are working away at our essential existence. Namely, when diplomacy finally fails, bad stuff happens. For many years, the editor of this blog haunted the dustier back sections of huge libraries seeking information that hasn't been filtered by subsequent writers. One great find was the diplomatic cables and letters that passed through the American Embassy in Berlin in 1914. The ambassador, James Watson Gerard,when he returned from Germany, put them together to show how hard America worked to try to avert WWI. It was interesing reading. What hit me the hardest was a penned in notation by the American ambassador.


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