‘The Wiles of Politicians and Diplomats’

The Four Riders of the Apocalypse by Albrecht Durer

In 1912 in Boston, Massachusetts ‘Abdu’l-Bahá highlighted the immorality of war and international politics.

“A man who kills another man is punished by execution, but a military genius who kills one hundred thousand of his fellow creatures is immortalized as a hero. One man steals a small sum of money and is imprisoned as a thief. Another pillages a whole country and is honored as a patriot and conqueror. A single falsehood brings reproach and censure, but the wiles of politicians and diplomats excite the admiration and praise of a nation. Consider the ignorance and inconsistency of mankind. How darkened and savage are the instincts of humanity!”

The Promulgation of Universal Peace


2 thoughts on “‘The Wiles of Politicians and Diplomats’

  1. Somewhere in the Islamic tradition there is a remark about character difference between those who remember Alexander and those who remember Socrates. Incidentally, I’m working on a huge paper about the phenomenology of political corruption, and how “corruption” can be dangerously in the eye of the beholder.

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