Flawed Compromise Thinking

It doesn’t really matter if you are dealing with a used car salesman, a North Korean dictator, or an al Qaeda terrorist, negotiation relies on two things: If all parties are willing to give up something to get what they want, and if they are willing to keep their word. Which of the previous three people do you think you
could strike a deal with that would stick?

There
are so many people out there that are repeating the line “Why can’t we
all get along?” and yet never stop to think about why that is. They
believe that everyone is just like them, rational and willing to talk
things over to the point of working out whatever problem there is
between them, and sticking to the agreement. The fatal flaw in this
line of thought is that everyone isn’t like them, isn’t trustworthy,
and will do theirdamnest
to break any agreement at the earliest point in time when they can get
away with it and it is most advantageous to them.

Need examples? OK, here goes…

North Korea snookered ol’ Bill into giving them nuclear technology, and then broke their promise
& built a nuclear bomb. Radial Islamic terrorists will break their
word to all infidels because their interpretation of their religion
will allow it (talk to Israel on their negotiation history with any of
the multitudes of Arab countries around them). From the historical
perspective, there’s always poor Neville Chamberlain who gave away
another country in a futile attempt to keep Nazi Germany from going to
war (and we know how that turned out). Last, Iran’s nuclear program is
on & off the table so much that I’ve lost track of where they are
at, but would you trust their president to keep his word on anything
dealing with the restriction of nuclear weapons development in Iran?
Not with him promising the end of Israel first and the rest of the
world second to create an Islamic-controlled world…

Is
there any question that this is why diplomacy, negotiations, and
compromise will not work in the long run with Islamic
radicals/terrorists such as al Qaeda & Hezbollah, countries such as North Korea & Iran, and a host of other untrustworthy nutjobs from around the world? Not in my mind.

Yes,
I do agree that peace should be given a chance to work, but you had
better be prepared and have the resolve to go to war. Otherwise, we
might as well just give up & pledge allegiance to Allah, put the women in burkas,
scrap the Constitution & Bill of Rights, and put all of the
“undesirables” according to Islamic law (such as Christians, Jews,
Buddhists, atheists, homosexuals, Feminists, free-thinkers & other
non-Islamics) to death.

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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One Response to Flawed Compromise Thinking

  1. Tom says:

    Exactly Tom! I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw them. Some of them are little, so I wouldn’t trust them even half as far as I could throw them. We cannot believe that we can negotiate with people who break their promises as soon as our backs are turned! It’s total idiocy to put any trust in any of them, when as you said, their religion demands that they lie to us!

    Excellent post.
    Gayle | Homepage | 10.21.06 – 6:35 pm | #

    You just HAD to bring up Munich 1938. Same old worn out rightwing appeasment crap. Tom, this situation has no similarities with that. First, we could easily wipe these countries off the map if they tried to directly or indirectly attack us.
    Secondly, with all of the tough talk coming out of W’s mouth, I’d want to pursue nuclear bombs as well if I were them. W will not even sit down with Iran’s president to talk about anything, much less their nuclear program. Threatening is not working.
    Third, as powerful as we like to think that we are, we can’t go into N. Korea unless we want to nuke the place. They will pulverize the South within hours, and how is that going to go down with our allies in the region?
    We can’t go around blowing up everybody, as much as you would like to.
    Do you think the country can survive a perpetual state of war with two, three, or even four other countries at the same time?
    Like most of the country, I grow tired of this endless warmongering. Let’s hope that the rest of you come to your senses.
    Tim | Homepage | 10.23.06 – 8:17 am | #

    Gayle – Thank you for your comments.

    Tim – Thank you for your comments as well, although I do not completely agree with them.

    Neville’s blunder was put in as a historical reference on what can happen. Any other resemblence to the current situation may not be wholly coincidental.

    I DO NOT WANT TO BE AT WAR WITH ANYONE!!! Kindly get that through whatever thought processes you may use.

    War is a decidedly unhealthy place for people. The post was written for those people who believe that peace can be achieved at any cost with terrorists and rogue nations. In other words, talk softly, but carry a damn big stick if the other country decides to drop a nuke in your lap.
    Tom | Homepage | 10.23.06 – 11:12 am | #

    You are absolutely right Tom, but you are talking to mannequins when you try to get leftists to see this.
    Shoprat | Homepage | 10.23.06 – 4:18 pm | #

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