Diplomacy: Sometimes it Works, Sometimes it Doesn’t

Diplomacy: Sometimes it Works, Sometimes it Doesn't

(NewsBreakDaily.com) – The feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys is one of the most well-known in American history. Since millions can die when that kind of relationship exists between two or more countries, diplomacy was invented.

The United Nations (UN)

The UN, and its forerunner, the League of Nations, were put together so that there would be a (mostly) neutral place to discuss issues. However, it can get tricky at times. For example, the United States has no official diplomatic relations with several countries including North Korea and Iran.

The body meets in New York City to regularly debate world policy and issue edicts covering a wide variety of topics, up to, and including, military actions. One instance of this occurred when North Korea invaded the South in 1950 and a group of UN member states sent troops in to try and push them out.

War!

Sometimes the art of statecraft just doesn’t work, as the world found out after Adolf Hitler played British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain for a fool. In an attempt to appease Hitler, Chamberlain pushed through the Munich Agreement which ceded part of Czechoslovakia to the Nazis without a shot being fired. A year later, Hitler would forcibly take the rest.

Trying to maintain peace in today’s world is just as difficult, maybe more so. The weapons of modern warfare could make two hotspots erupt before the world had any idea what was happening.

Aggression Across the World

China has been very aggressive in the South China Sea, especially when it comes to one of America’s allies: Taiwan. The Chinese government considers the island nation to be nothing more than a province in rebellion, and the UN seems to agree with this position.

In the Middle East, a region sacred to Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike, the matter might even be worse. The leaders of the Islamic faith believe the Jewish State of Israel “has no right to exist.” Given the relatively small area involved and the fervor with which this belief is held, it’s a miracle things have been held to skirmishes instead of all-out war.

Will Rogers once said, “diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie” until you find a rock.” That may be a bit cynical, but it definitely rings true. If organizations like the United Nations can get everyone working together, maybe all the rocks can get buried for good.

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