Daniel Freedman: The End of Diplomacy As We Know It?
December 1, 2010

By Daniel Freedman


“Too early to tell,” was the alleged famed response from Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai in 1972 to U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s question on the effect of the 1789 French Revolution. It’s possible that some 183 years from now statesmen will give a similar answer about the long term effect of the November 28, 2010, publication by Wikileaks of some 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables.

The fact that secret discussions between foreign leaders and U.S. diplomats ended up on the front pages of publications across the globe by necessity forces foreign governments to reassess how they do business with the U.S. When current Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told U.S. diplomats back in 2006 that “Iraq was unnecessary, Iran is necessary,” he no doubt did so assuming that his comments would be kept confidential. Given the power of Iranian proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon, his publicly urging action against Iran is dangerous.
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