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Je suis beau et intelligent. À part cela, je suis juriste helvète, libéral-conservateur, amateur d'armes, passionné d'histoire et de politique. Je suis libéral et capitaliste convaincu car je pense que c'est cela l'état naturel de l'homme. Je parle le "Schwiizerdütsch" avec un accent zurichois, j'adore la bonne musique, la bière et surtout la femme avec qui je vis.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

The price of appeasement

I found on Ludovic's blog an excellent analysis on Europe's dealing with Iran. Since the text is in French, I thought to provide my readers with a loose translation in English of three short excerpts of it. In my view, these excerpts represent fondamental and historical verities of international politics:
  • "Angela Merkel's qualifying Ahamdinejad's statements as unacceptable doesn't alter the fact that these statements are nevertheless accepted since nothing is done against them."

  • "How could one not see in this diplomatic floppery a return to the thirties and to the League of Nations, since real diplomacy never excludes the use of force [the Europeans seem to exclude it...]."

  • "The price of appeasement is always paid by blood, tears, toil and sweat."
  • I couldn't agree more.

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