Diplomats don't do combat

Anything that encourages a civilian in difficulty to overestimate his or her ability to handle it should be actively discouraged, not promoted.

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Foreign Minister John Baird attacking some wood in September 2012. He received in honourary black belt in Taekwondo.
Eric Morse
Published: Monday, 01/14/2013 5:57 pm EST
Last Updated: Wednesday, 01/16/2013 10:35 am EST

The presumed gales of incredulous laughter coming out of Foreign Affairs headquarters last week in the wake of news that Canadian diplomats are to be taught martial arts are sort of muted so far—as well they might be, given that Foreign Minister John Baird himself appears in a government-released photo addressing a plank of wood with evil intent.

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