We all know the drill. UN “diplomats”, appointed due to their political connections rather than skill in negotiating with adversaries possessing diverse agendas gather in posh surroundings to bleat and pontificate, presuming to solve the worlds ills through the carefully worded statement and one sided treaty. Only to have their utopian views blow up in their faces when confronted with reality.
Sha Zukang is the Al Czervik of the international diplomacy corps and I salute him. Diplomacy has often been likened to a carefully choreographed dance with all the steps planned far in advance of the performance. The world might be a safer place if this elite corps just loosened up a little and talked more like real people.