Monday, February 24, 2003

Powell seeks Chinese support (on North Korea):

Speaking in Tokyo after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Mr Powell said the UN Security Council, together with North and South Korea, Japan, the European Union and Australia should all be involved in talks to resolve the problem.

Hint to Merkins: International diplomacy is a game of quid pro quo. You can't expect people to share your concerns and support you on issues you care about unless you share their concerns and support them on other things. If you blunder around like an enraged rhinoceros, breaking treaties, pissing on world public opinion and acting unilaterally whenever you feel like it, you may find that you have to act unilaterally when you don't feel like it too, because you won't have any friends anymore.

Just a thought.