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1 Morality and Government Athenians For ourselves we shall not trouble you with specious pretences- either of how we have a right to our empire because we overthrew the Mede or are now attacking you because of wrong that you have done us- and make a long speech which would not be believed and in return we hope that you instead of thinking to influence us by saying that you did not join the Lacedaemonians although their colonists or that you have done us no wrong will aim at what is feasible holding in view the real sentiments of us both since you know as well as we do that right as the world goes is only in question between equals in power while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must From The History of The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides QUESTION What would George Kennan say about the above statement Does he believe in international accepted standards of morality Do you Would Socrates disagree with Kennan Would Kennan agree with Machiavelli that a Prince should learn how to be other than good and to use or not to use his goodness as necessity requires Explain your answer What are the implications of Kennans comments on defense has developed into a national addiction Hazan 277 for international affairs Is this addiction a case of a society captive to its own lies Does Vance support or reject a human rights approach Are Kennans and Vances thoughts on morality and human rights in foreign policy rendered moot by 911 Many modern political thinkers and theorists argue that political activity is or at least idealistically should be a simple extension of morality The question remains of whether a supposedly moralistic government may forcibly impose its interpretation of morality onto another independent governmental entity Philosophers have argued vehemently with regards to this essential issue - with viewpoints transcending the dialectical scope From arguments
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