09-Aug-2010

Diplomacy - Why Even Bother?

According to the Hindu, Zardari, Cameron speak of unbreakable bond. According to the report, they even vowed to 'deepen strategic partnership in fighting terror'. But, just a week or so ago, we read this headline: Cameron angers Pakistan with terror comments. Cameron was accusing Pakistan of 'exporting terror' in then. This is par for the course. The Americans do it much more blatantly.

So, why do newspapers even bother printing the routine blah-speak that erupts during high-profile visits to our neighborhood? The visiting dignitaries/leaders/smooth-talkers are only trying to be good guests and good salesmen for their businesses/establishments. Why waste paper on their statements?

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