By Craig Murray
With all of the speed and drama of a political mystery, Dirty Diplomacy is a riveting account of a tender, fast-living ambassador's conflict opposed to a ruthless dictatorship in vital Asia and the craven political expediency in Washington and London that at last rate him his activity.
Craig Murray isn't any usual diplomat. He enjoys a drink or 3, and if it's within the corporation of a beautiful woman, a lot the higher. Murray's scant regard for the foundations of the sport additionally extends to his activity. while, within the first few weeks of his posting to the little-known principal Asian Republic of Uzbekistan, he comes throughout pictures of a political dissident who has actually been boiled to demise, he ignores diplomatic nicety and calls it for what it really is: torture of the harshest type.
Murray quickly discovers that this can be no one-off incident: fierce abuse of these opposing the govt is rife. It's no longer lengthy sooner than he's tearing round the nation in his embassy Land Rover, shaking off Uzbek police tails and crashing via roadblocks to fulfill with dissidents and divulge their persecutors. He even confronts the despotic president, Islom Karimov, face-to-face.
yet Murray's bosses in London's international place of work, ever aware in their senior companions in Washington, don't are looking to dissatisfied the applecart. Karimov is an best friend within the newly introduced worldwide conflict on Terror. His state is host to an immense American air base. the very last thing they want is a fighting younger diplomat stirring issues up. In Craig Murray, that's precisely what they've got...
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During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man’ (para. 8). Although fighting is not constant, any dispute may quickly degenerate into violence. As a result, human industry has little scope for operation ‘and the life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short’ (para. 10). This logic of conflict can be evaded only if one or more of the model’s assumptions either does not hold or is counter-balanced by other forces.
As Machiavelli puts it, in politics we must act as if ‘all men are wicked and that they will always give vent to the malignity that is in their minds when opportunity offers’ (1970: Book I, Chapter 3). Jack Donnelly 31 ‘It is above all important not to make greater demands on human nature than its frailty can satisfy’ (Treitschke 1916: 590). g. Niebuhr 1932; Tellis 1995/6: 89–94) adopt realism as a general theory of politics. Most, however, treat realism as a theory of international politics. This shifts our attention from human nature to political structure.
Herbert Butterfield calls this ‘Hobbesian fear’. ‘If you imagine yourself locked in a room with another person with whom you have often been on the most bitterly hostile terms in the past, and suppose that each of you has a pistol, you may find yourself in a predicament in which both 38 Realism of you would like to throw the pistols out of the window, yet it defeats the intelligence to find a way of doing it’ (1949: 89–90). The ‘security dilemma’ (Jervis 1978; Glaser 1997) has a similar logic. ‘Given the irreducible uncertainty about the intentions of others, security measures taken by one actor are perceived by others as threatening; the others take steps to protect themselves; these steps are then interpreted by the first actor as confirming its initial hypothesis that the others are dangerous; and so on in a spiral of illusory fears and “unnecessary” defenses’ (Snyder 1997: 17).
Dirty Diplomacy: The Rough-and-Tumble Adventures of a Scotch-Drinking, Skirt-Chasing, Dictator-Busting and Thoroughly Unrepentant Ambassador Stuck on the Frontline of the War Against Terror by Craig Murray