Meaningful Distinction:

Patrick S. Lasswell Look outward for something to accomplish, not inward for something to despise.
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Monday, November 24, 2003
Obdurate - ob•du•rate stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

Multilateralism routinely fails to accomplish even simple tasks in the face of obdurate opposition. It is arguably true that multilateralism itself is a "fog of war" that makes even the simplest tasks very difficult.

In any case, this is not a new phenomenon. It has been clear for quite some time now that multilateral efforts can readily be thwarted by persons willing to abandon their humanity. This is not quite the same as encouraging vile behavior, but multilateral peacekeeping often functions to do so.

Arguably the most ready defense against a multilateral attack is the ability to generate a sense of futility.
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