Reverence for diplomacy comes with responsibilities

© 2020 Jim Spence - Human beings are the most dangerous creatures on the planet. How should we define peace? It seems very unrealistic to think that local skirmishes can be eliminated any time soon. With this in mind, stage two of the sequence necessary for the establishment and maintenance of peace is a sobering compromise. The compromise involves recognizing the reality that a certain number of regional/local skirmishes are inevitable. In a state of utopia, which of course does not exist anywhere on earth, there are no skirmishes or local conflicts. Since we don't live in utopia, except for many progressive Democrats who pretend they do, we are going to have to accept the occasional skirmish.
It will only be when public education systems around the globe teach children and adults what causes war, and how difficult it is to maintain peace, that there might be some hope that we can eliminate skirmishes. Based on the efficacy of public education in the U.S. and Europe, for the foreseeable future, the best case scenario is to see to it that local skirmishes do not escalate into regional or global wars.
Stage three in the sequence necessary to establish and maintain peace is basic. Stage three is accomplished when all civilized nations agree to respect internationally recognized boundaries. History is unequivocal on this stage. When a nation, any nation’s borders are violated by aggressors, trouble almost always follows in the form of violence and war. In the effort to police the planet and foster tranquility, super-power nations MUST come together instead of vetoing one another at the U.N., and insist that borders for all nations be respected. Why would we single out the super-power nations? Because super-power nations have the wherewithal to actually enforce respect for borders.
Stage four requires a strong reverence for diplomacy. A huge preference for diplomacy is required on the part of all civilized nations. This is very basic to peace. Relying on diplomacy means nations should maintain embassies within the boundaries of other nations and vice versa, to make sure there is mutual respect and diplomatic communications on an ongoing basis. Again, this is fundamental.
Stage five is directly tied to embracing the importance of diplomacy. All countries must be committed to both enjoying and providing safe and secure embassies. Safe and secure embassies are essential for effective diplomacy. When embassies are NOT protected by the host countries, or respected by other nations, peace always crumbles.
One of the most favored tactics of radical Islamic terrorists, is to attack embassies. When these attacks are state-sponsored, the conditions for peace disintegrate.
Democratic Party candidates for the presidency made hollow comments in recent days. Their shallow criticisms of the attack that killed General Soleimani ignored the fact that state-sponsored Iranian attacks on the American embassy in Iraq represented an UNEQUIVOCAL rejection of diplomacy. Nobody who is the least bit serious about peace can rationally believe that engaging in diplomacy remained an option, when Iran’s military chief was attacking U.S. diplomatic personnel at our embassy in Iraq.
Make no mistake. Democrats know this. Unfortunately their desire for power and their hatred of Trump is so visceral, they are actually willing to pretend that an attack on diplomats in the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was not relevant to Soleimani's death. An embassy attack isn’t merely relevant, it is fundamental. Iran violated American territory, again. In doing so, Iran violated stage five of the sequence that is necessary for the establishment and maintenance of peace.
To appease this sort of Iranian aggression, as Democrats suggest America should do, is to invite disaster. Democrat behavior this month will not play well with independent unaligned voters.