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Duly Noted: Whose Crisis, Whose Rescue?
The Brussels Journal ^ | Jume 20, 2009 | George Handlery

Posted on 06/20/2009 9:46:52 AM PDT by givemELL

"6. Pyongyang has announced that it will “never” give up her nuclear weapons’ policy. You might have heard that the word “never” is never to be used in any context. Why does North Korea practice the opposite without much damage? Because we make it pay. Perhaps, as far back as 1953, the Kims had reason to discover that in their case that “never” always works. It does so because they have to do with entities whose moral relativism and crisis management technique is that everything, and really everything, is negotiable at all times. Accordingly, they never say “no, never” to anyone. Given this softness, “never” is never a mistake but, as in the case of the tantrum of the kid at the checkout counter, a key to get the candy bar."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clinton; cuban; israel; pyongyang
10 clear comments on current and past events of high importance coming from European conservatism. The site is well worth glancing at on a regular basis. The comment excerpted emphasizes the importance of the use of single words and their profound effect. We all remember the situation surrounding the statement that "it depends on what the meaning of IS is." In point 7. the meaning of "never" in international relations is well illustrated as to its surprisingly effective use to our disadvantage.
1 posted on 06/20/2009 9:46:52 AM PDT by givemELL
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To: givemELL

Correction...in comment...it is point 6 that is illustrated, not point 7.


2 posted on 06/20/2009 9:48:10 AM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan Meet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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