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The JFK era of diplomacy gone

IN a 1946 speech John F Kennedy quoted diplomat John W Davis when he said: "Independent judgment and opinion is a glorious thing, but when one seeks companionship on a large scale, he must be content to join with those who agree with him in most things and not to hope to find a company that will agree with him in all things."

Kennedy's times were different, when it was possible to solve intractable political problems with diplomacy, whereas in our times this is almost impossible.

MARY SULLIVAN

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Belfast Telegraph