Robinson also said that all the career diplomats at the state department and the NSC had a good education and had been given the best training, but that throughout their professional careers, they learned to follow the rules and conventions, forgetting the confrontation between justice and injustice and between freedom and authoritarianism.
He added that viewing an issue from a moral perspective made them uncomfortable, because it clashed with their mode of thinking.
When Reagan urged Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, he said something that the general public dared not say or even think. His remarks triggered the public’s imagination and their thirst for freedom and democracy.
We can only hope that a great statesman with Reagan’s vision, wisdom and courage will appear in the US. We must not forget that a tyrant is not a friend.
Yu Jie is an exiled Chinese author in the US.
Translated by Eddy Chang