Warren Christopher: In World of Negotiable Values, Real Value


Warren Christopher, who served as the 63rd Secretary of State
passed away on March 18.  Larry Harnisch of LA Times recently posted two pieces from 1977, when Mr. Christopher was deputy secretary of State. One essay, adapted from a commencement speech, talks about the actions of a Foreign Service officer evacuating the U.S. diplomatic post in Ethiopia. In this piece, he writes about real value in a world of negotiable values, something that continue to resonates today. “Realistic and skeptical we must be about the world, we are lost if we do not know that some values do persist.”

Via Larry Harnisch of The Daily Mirror | LAT

From Larry Harnisch of The Daily Mirror | LAT

From Larry Harnisch of The Daily Mirror | LAT

The other essay is on the campaign for human rights:

“When human beings are forcibly abducted from their homes, interrogated incessantly at the pleasure of their captors and prodded with electrodes or held under water to the point of drowning — when such things are happening around the world, as they are, all who truly value human rights must speak out.”

Read the rest here.


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