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WikiLeaks Disclosure Reveals 'Thinking, Feeling, Flawed' Human Beings

 

"Reading the documents casts both their writers - member of the U.S. diplomatic corps - and their subjects, as profoundly human, with senses of humor and with serious character flaws. That said, this refreshing glimpse into the generally murky depths of diplomacy cannot be the norm."

 

EDITORIAL

 

December 3, 2010

 

Saudi Arabia - Saudi Gazette - Original Article (English)

Saudi King Abdullah, reported to have wanted the United States to take down the Iranian regime, can't be pleased with the disclosure by WikiLeaks of confidential U.S. diplmatic cables.  

BBC NEWS VIDEO: Saudis 'will be furious' over Wikileaks release, Nov. 30, 00:05:34RealVideo

There is plenty to amaze and titillate in the latest release of U.S. classified documents by the whistle-blowing Web site, WikiLeaks. The documents, mostly encrypted e-mails sent by members of the U.S. Foreign Service, offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings and true thoughts of the American diplomatic corps.

 

Ultimately, however, one comes away from the documents with the reassurance of knowing that at the core of American foreign policy are thinking, feeling human beings (no matter how disagreeable their comments may at times seem).

 

The view of diplomacy the public is usually privy to is limited to the formalities of meetings, pomp and circumstance. For fairly obvious reasons, much of the discussion takes place beyond the eyes and ears of the general public, and this privacy is what enables diplomats to voice their observations and opinions without reservation.

 

However, is not only is such honesty not for public consumption; it is not for the consumption of the diplomats and political leaders who are the targets of such comments. With the WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. has a number of diplomatic fires to extinguish, as its allies around the world are embarrassed and, no doubt, angered by some of the documents which have been released.

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Nevertheless, reading the documents casts both their writers - member of the U.S. diplomatic corps - and their subjects, as profoundly human, with senses of humor and with serious character flaws. The long-term repercussions of the release are not yet known. But for now, the inside picture of international relations they offer is invaluable.

 

That said, this refreshing glimpse into the generally murky depths of diplomacy cannot be the norm. Secrecy in diplomacy often serves a positive purpose in bringing about agreements and keeping the peace.

 

Promises and agreements can be made away from the public eye that cannot be made when the whole world is watching. For that reason, we may want to savor the moment while taking a mature look to the future.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:

Frontier Post, Pakistan: WikiLeaks Reveals 'America's Dark Face' to the World

The Nation: WikiLeaks' Release: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

El Pais, Spain: Cables Expose Nuance of U.S. Displeasure with Spain Government

El Pais, Spain: Thanks to WikiLeaks' Disclosure, Classical Diplomacy is Dead

Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina: Without Hypocrisy, Global Ties Would Be Chaos

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Release a 'U.S. Plot to Sow Discord'

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks and Mexico's Battle Against Drug Trafficking

Toronto Star, Canada: WikiLeaks Dump Reveals Seamy Side of Diplomacy

Guardian, U.K.: WikiLeaks Cables, Day 3: Summary of Today's Key Points

Guardian, U.K.: Leaked Cables Reveal China is 'Ready to Abandon' North Korea

Hurriyet, Turkey: American Cables Prove Turkish Claims on Missile Defense False

The Nation, Pakistan: WikiLeaks: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad

Novosti, Russia: 'Russia Will be Guided by Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'

Guardian, U.K.: Job of Media is Not to Protect Powerful from Embarrassment

ANSA, Italy: Wikileaks: 'No Wild Parties' Says Berlusconi

Guardian, U.K.: Saudi Arabia Urges U.S. Attack on Iran

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US December 3, 4:28pm]

 







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