Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sovereign Nations

"Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation - what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else," he told ABC television.

"Whether we agree or not. They're entitled to do that ... We cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do when they make a determination, if they make a determination, that they're existentially threatened."

Interesting, I had to go to Aljazeera to get the whole quote.

The reason I point it out, is that you have to be careful about statements like that. For example, North Korea believes that it is being existentially threatened by the United States. I don't think Biden thinks that they are entitled to doing what they want.

Its a tough game, because you will eventually sound like a hypocrite unless you say "well, my friends, they be cool, they do what they want, and those other guys?.. nah" Which is how nations/people act, but don't say it out loud too much.

I'm not really sure how you answer this dilemma, because you don't want to say "do what you want" to everyone, but you also can't say "do what I tell you" to everyone.

On a side note, Biden has been speaking out of turn a lot lately, Obama is doing cleanup a few times a week.

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