Differences or not?Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 6:51 | Posted in languages, Not serious | 3 Comments
I am quoting Secretary Clinton according to the US State Department’s official blog (Boldface added by me.):
This follows on the work that we began over the last many months to transform the relationship between our two countries, to find common ground wherever we can, to further mutual respect and mutual interests, without in any way accepting the fact that there are not differences between us, because there are.
Wait a minute! I know that diplomatic language is tricky but this one takes the cake. There are three statements in the last boldfaced part of the sentence which are partly contradicting each other. Namely:
- It is a fact that there are “not differences between us“, i.e. Russia and USA.
- Russia and USA do not accept that fact.
- There are differences between Russia and USA.
So would somebody please explain whether there are differences or not and if there are not, do the two countries accept it or not. Or do they accept that there are differences but pretend there are not?