The Snub

Laura Bush's undiplomatic act offers a lesson in principled incivility

If diplomacy is the art of stroking your enemies right up until the moment you're ready to strike them, the snub is a handy little act of war by other means. Handled correctly, it visibly treats its target as invisible. Thus did Laura Bush proceed to her seat in the U.N. General Assembly, steadying herself on the desk occupied by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but apparently ignoring him as he glanced her way. "The despondent despot," gloated the New York Post, "immediately lowered his head again" and sat back to look at his watch and listen as President Bush, in a...

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