David Brooks—The Fragile Community

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The [New York] Times has...erected a series of filters between the 250,000 raw documents that WikiLeaks obtained and complete public exposure. The paper has released only a tiny percentage of the cables. Information that might endanger informants has been redacted. Specific cables have been put into context with broader reporting.

Yet it might be useful to consider one more filter. Consider it the World Order filter. The fact that we live our lives amid order and not chaos is the great achievement of civilization. This order should not be taken for granted.

This order is tenuously maintained by brave soldiers but also by talkative leaders and diplomats. Every second of every day, leaders and diplomats are engaged in a never-ending conversation. The leaked cables reveal this conversation. They show diplomats seeking information, cajoling each other and engaging in faux-friendships and petty hypocrisies as they seek to avoid global disasters.

Read it all.

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Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:39 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Sarah wrote:

RE: “This fragile international conversation is under threat. It’s under threat from WikiLeaks.”

Meh—I don’t think so.  This is but a blip in the long history of exchanges between nations and—after the appropriate safeguards are strengthened and various other tools put into place—will be easily forgotten.

From what little I have read—Assange has the emotional maturity of an 11-year-old boy and those sorts usually have a way of melting down into pathological dysfunction eventually anyway.

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