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Task A writing task attempt

Postby hill.ethan2937 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:31 pm

This is an attempt at a writing task A response. Any and all feedback would be much appreciated.

Quote: "All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means"

The 21st century has innumerable technological advances that theoretically are mere steps away from solving the world’s most pressing concerns; poverty, famine, overpopulation, environmental decay. Why then are wars being fought that predate centuries. Should the overall goal not be the same everywhere? To further humankind and the state of the planet. Is it perhaps that diplomacy has failed and continues to fail in international dealings? Perhaps diplomacy in its own definition, is less about preventing conflict and more about serving as a benefactor to oneself. Afterall, diplomacy is the act of conveying thoughts or feelings in a tactful and sensitive way as to not upset the opposing party. In understanding this definition, it is a short extrapolation away to say that a skilled diplomat is someone who would withhold certain truths in order to achieve the countries own ultimatum. It is for this reason that diplomacy has been referred to as a continuation of war rather than a solution to war; a statement, that albeit dramatic in comparing the violence of war and the thousands of meaningless deaths to the lies and clever wording of an international diplomat, holds many truths. In saying that, is diplomacy better than war?

The attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 is an example of diplomacies failure to prevent war. This is evidenced through the immediate action following President Roosevelts’ “Infamy Speech”. The diplomatic negotiations between countries were short lived when U.S. Congress declared war on Japan 33 minutes after the conclusion of Roosevelts’ speech. A war is not planned in a day. A counterattack is not planned in a day. However, one day after the attack on Pearl Harbour, the United States of America declared war. Diplomacy was not used as a solution to war, only as a benefactor to each country to whilst other plans were set in place. The goal was therefore not to reach an agreement but to get their own may without the need to compromise, **** the idea that regardless of intentions diplomacy failed to prevent war and possibly may have sparked it, in this case diplomacy itself fails to be diplomatic.

During World War 1 diplomats from both sides made numerous “secret treaties” with neutral nations with the promise of spoils after victory. This statement in itself places diplomacy in a continuous loop, with war seemingly leading to diplomacy and diplomacy leading to war. How then can one argue that diplomacy is better than war? Diplomacy in this sense was not conducted as a solution to war, it was instead used in conjunction with and possibly furthering the war. This again is supportive of the idea that diplomacy is merely a continuation of war. Had diplomacy been used to reach an agreement in which both sides find compromise, the war would have ended. However, through countless wars diplomacy has failed time and time again with the war ending only at the time of surrender. Diplomacy seemingly fails more times than not.

Is diplomacy not a better alternative to an otherwise evil war? In theory, of course it is! However, as has been outlined, diplomacy fails to prevent war and in certain cases may be the spark that ignites a war. Diplomacy is not a means to an end. Diplomacy is merely the first step in which an ultimatum is attempted through compliments and fluttery words; In the case that diplomacy fails, war trails. This is unfortunately evidenced through the ideas outlined throughout. With this in mind the question stands; Is diplomacy better than war? The answer to this can be found in this statement: “All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means”.
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