TIME TO STRATEGY DEADLINE: 1 DAY
WICO Secretary General Decatur today cautioned against prejudging the final global survival strategy before it is created from all of the national inputs, which are due tomorrow.
“Threats of violence cannot and will not be tolerated,” he said at a news conference this morning, referring to Reverend Frank Lanton’s statement that invoked Armageddon as a response to an unpopular strategy. “The alternative is to increase the probability of failure, which is already too high.” He noted that counter-demonstrations being held today in many venues where yesterday’s protests occurred “show that there is considerable support for strategy options being considered, but we will not comment on them until and unless they are adopted into the final strategy.”
That didn’t stop much of the world press, me included, from trying to get background opinions from sources with knowledge of the strategy integration effort. Ambassador Lazlo remained unavailable, and no one on her team returned requests for information about their progress.
I received a cryptic e-mail message flagged as spam by all of my filters, which I suspect came from Sally based on its content. It said: “Prepare for the worst, work for the best, question everything, and fully accept nothing.” This implied to me that a strategy had been decided at the beginning that until now could not be articulated but was already being executed: People were following those basic rules.
Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. This is my take on one of them.