Diplomacy – The Sugar-Coated Bitter PillA diplomat is a person who can tell a lie in such a manner to another person (who is also a diplomat) that the second person is compelled to let on that he/she really believes the first person, although he/she knows that the first person is lying, who knows that the second person does not believe him/her, yet both let on that each believes the other, while both know that both are liars. That is the reality of diplomacy.
This usually happens in the public domain as in meetings between country heads/foreign or trade ministry levels etc. The people involved are all smiles and politeness and cordial and even jovial. In private, behind closed doors would be the threatening, browbeating, warning, arm-twisting of one country or party dominating the other to where the raw emotions manifest.
I would say that this generally happens at our home levels, among the relatives and within own families too.
Would you agree with the above or deny diplomatically?
(This is my entry for TOW topic Diplomacy)