Good one! "Mutual trust between nations" is a dead giveaway. There is no such thing as mutual trust or friends in the shady world of diplomacy. It is all self-interest, and at best mutual interest, until self-interest takes precedence.[*] Knowing full well tt according to the VCDR's definition of diplomatic immunity and that in the spirit of mutual trust between nations and tradition of 'diplomatic privilege', all foreign diplomats accepted in SG should be scrutinized closely and rejected diplomatically promptly.
This just proved how naive you are
... Knowing full well tt the requisites of the VCDR's definition of diplomatic immunity and that
inthe spirit of mutual trust between nations and tradition ofis what 'diplomatic privilege' entails, all foreign diplomats accepted in SG should be scrutinized closely and rejected both promptly and diplomatically....
@justicesg: "It is all self-interest"
I think that entering into Singapore's international relationships with such a publicly negative attitude reflects very poorly on Singaporeans, our govt and its conduct- that we're all calculative, belligerent, cunning and scheming fellows with a one-dimensional view to profit; who'd renege on contract at the drop of the hat at any sign of adversity and betray our relations.
> One shouldn't stoop so low as to use the animal kingdom for guidance on proper human conduct/ relations- to do so will be most degrading and derogatory- a sad loss of one's dignity if not humanity.
Perhaps: Proverbs 4:14-27 (NIV ©2010) might be directive of good standards of human conduct in all our relations:
Proverbs 4:14-27 (NIV ©2010)
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
07Jan2011: What happened to the Silviu Ionescu case?