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Wed Jun 30 17:38:44 MDT 2010

Military action is sometimes necessary, he said, citing the Second World War 
and Korea. But current conflicts are not so clear-cut.
"It's too early to say. So far, I think a failure, using military force. 
Hardliners (are) becoming even more harder," he said.


He is a diplomat, and speaks diplomatically in public. His approach to war 
is, however, consistent, based on pragmatic values (history will determine 
whether in the long run suffering was alleviated or not) and not virtue 
ethics. May not be your preferred approach, but it has its own consistency 
and coherence -- a posteriori rather than a priori.


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