Yes, Prince Charles has certainly put his foot in it by likening Vladimir Putin to Hitler, but, as many are saying, doesn’t he have a right to his opinion in a private conversation. For the British government it’s a question of him having put a spoke in the vulnerable and sensitive wheel of diplomacy. Maybe he was wrong or maybe he was right, but it’s this diplomacy thing that often gets blurred.
No doubt our world runs on the lubrication of diplomacy and I have no problem with that, but when we “diplomasize,” if there’s such a word, the truth out of existence, that’s another story.
At the moment 276 young women are being held captive somewhere in the North of Nigeria. The Nigerian government is so corrupt it can’t even equip it’s Army and Police Force adequately to combat Boko Haram and find the young women. Those in the know say, as far as diplomacy is concerned, that they dare not criticize the Nigerian government in any way for all its inadequacies as that will interfere with the rescue of the women. So, not only are they struggling to do all they can to find these young women, but also now find themselves having to politely dance a jig around a swollen and proud governmental ego that simply persists in feeding itself with no care for the very people it is called to serve.
Sometimes, I’m afraid, we are far too quick to sacrifice the truth on the alter of diplomacy. Just maybe, for one moment, even though it was a bit over the top, Prince Charles thought, to hell with it.