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Oh this is nothing new.  Look at the monarchies of the 18th-20th Centuries.  Talk about personalization of international relations...  I think it is just recently that we expect more "business" and professionalism.  

I accuse Bush of popularizing the idea that friendship can replace diplomacy, or must be required for it.  

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 01:22:13 PM EST
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