The problem with realism is that the problem is realism. Unless, resolutions are principled and enforced on a principled basis, realism will undermine peace and progress. Let me give you an example. Lebanon, Israel and the world would have been saved a ton of grief if after the Hez-E-bollah kidnappings the U.N. security council would have required the return of the soldiers, provided a deadline and delivered U.N. military and non-military initiatives to enforce the resolution. That is just an example, of course. But realism creates miserty because of the diversity of interests out there. So, Jacque Chirac's hypocrisy is a problem and he is not to be lauded for being just another [dis]"honest" politician.
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from the article: International impotence