Silence is golden


Silence by John Henry Fuseli


Secrecy is paramount.
The political stage has been corroded, over the years, by the general notion that there’s always someone ready to divulge everything that is heard or seen. There is nothing sadder (or more irresponsible) than belonging to a committee or a cabinet and then leak classified information to the press.
However, I see a light at the end of the tunnel: the Obama Administration managed to successfully plan, organise, implement and control a military op in utter secrecy for 6 weeks.

I once heard someone saying that a secret known by two people was no longer a secret. Is this piece of wisdom that linear?
For a secret to exist, at least, two parts must be involved and it doesn’t necessarily imply a breach of secrecy. For instance: two adulterers have a secret that they share with no one; an individual changes its identity and although its mum knows it she remains silent; a neighbour is spotted killing a dog and burying it, two brothers witness it and keep it to themselves; someone transgresses and shares it with its priest, rabbi or therapist (who usually are bound by confidentiality); a group of men holds information on X individual, follows him closely, dictates how he is to live (or not), limits his movements, but tells no one of why this must happen (the secret perspires not outside the group)...the examples are endless.
A secret can exist beyond two people, beyond two parts, if and when the people involved are disciplined enough to keep it; if and when the parts involved are not prone to purposeless gossip; or even if and when there’s a specific purpose to protect such secret.

Silence is golden.
We are not to share our intents and intentions before we act. We are not to threaten others (giving them, thus, the blueprint of our strategy). We are not to brag about our ideas (before implementing them) lest someone steals and thrives upon them. We are not to offer too much explanation lest we leak apparently trivial information that will end up being more revealing than anything else.

The US’ latest intervention in Pakistan reminded me of the good old days when people knew how to shut their mouths and special forces could successfully do their job. It also reminded me of the glorious days when Israeli security forces operated smoothly to retrieve citizens in peril and to avenge persecution to their brothers and sisters.
Mazel tov to the US Navy Seals for their wonderful job: Osama Bin Laden has finally left “the building”.
I want to be able to congratulate a small yet grand nation when Gilad Shalit returns home.

Comments

  1. Hi Max,

    Firstly, I'd like to say your photo selection is exceptional.

    Secondly, this entire post is executed so wonderfully, like the hand of a skilled surgeon.

    I am amazed that is was kept secret for so long in this day and age of selling secrets to the highest bidder. I guess the economy also affects those who buy secrets too. LOL. Can you imagine buying a secret at a discount? How much info would we get?

    On the other hand, keeping up with all the info coming out and deciphering what is real is a job in itself. Silence IS golden and too many secrets taint that.

    Outstanding Piece my friend. Really well done!

    Free Secret Cheers!

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  2. The worst at keeping secrets is the media! I can't believe how many military secrets they divulge!!! They should be tried for treason in my opinion.

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  3. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Firstly, I'd like to say your photo selection is exceptional."

    Thank you *bowing*.

    "Secondly, this entire post is executed so wonderfully, like the hand of a skilled surgeon."

    *Bowing* thank you for your generosity, darling.

    "I am amazed that is was kept secret for so long in this day and age of selling secrets to the highest bidder. I guess the economy also affects those who buy secrets too. LOL. Can you imagine buying a secret at a discount? How much info would we get?"

    Right? LOL LOL "Can you take 10% off that secret? If you give me a discount on this one, I can buy more from you." LOL LOL you kill me, girl!

    "On the other hand, keeping up with all the info coming out and deciphering what is real is a job in itself. Silence IS golden and too many secrets taint that."

    So true. Indeed...

    "Outstanding Piece my friend. Really well done!"

    Thank you, thank you...you're a beautiful audience ;). And thanks a million for your comment *Bowing*...

    Enjoying Silence Cheers

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  4. Hey D!

    :D

    "The worst at keeping secrets is the media! I can't believe how many military secrets they divulge!!!"

    Tell me about it! What about the people that provide them classified info? I don't know who is worst...*nodding*

    "They should be tried for treason in my opinion."

    I couldn't agree more with you!

    D, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  5. Generally speaking, I find people speak too much. Me included :-D Although I wouldn't betray someone's confidence, or least, not willingly.

    Obama is dead... how long before the conspiracy theory starts?!

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  6. It´s a very nice shot, Max.

    I don´t believe that the secrets lasts forever...it doesn´t matter if are between two or more people.
    Osama x Usama: There are many things without explanations because until now, I don´t know anything at all about Osama´s death and HOW, WHY, and WHEN?

    In fact, I disagree when a country or people use the same weapons than their enemies...cause so...the PEACE will be each day more far...
    have a nice day
    www.graceolsson.com/blog

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  7. Max, on the other hand, one or more people from the other side, either talked or were made to talk!

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  8. This is the age where Live Television channels will like to sensationalize any and every news, get the first scoops and inside stories and be the first to beam live images of any even of global interest...and this is where the conflict of interest starts and there is the breach of the fine line between Silence, Secrecy and Transparency. But to achieve the bigger goal sometimes we do need to maintain the secrecy whether transparent or not.

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  10. While I congratulate American on keeping this a secret and for removing Bin Laden from the face of the earth, the sabre-rattling between Pakistan and the US of A has me greatly worried. With both having nuclear weapons I just hope Pakistan can get over their loss of face in light that Bin Laden was hiding under their very noses. Time to move on to more precious things like, World Peace!

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  11. This is something really big for the country of America. I hope that this is the new beginning for peace.

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  12. I can only hope that one day, Max, people around the world will again develop a respect for integrity, and value virtues that have long since been overshadowed by greed and corruption, seeping from the top down to all levels of society.

    While I believe in freedom of speech, full expression of creativity and imagination, I think that the media have bombarded us with so much negativity and ill-conceived behaviors that many people accept greed, hatred and prejudice as the norm.

    I do believe that it's important for some things to be kept secret, like special military operations, and journalists and the public should respect that.

    I haven't posted in a month, Max, so I haven't been around much. Thank you for another thoughtful and thought-provoking post!

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  13. Hey Max! How are you sweetie? Sorry for coming only now. All is well with me and my family.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    *hugs*

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  14. Hey Zhu :D!

    "Generally speaking, I find people speak too much. Me included :-D"

    LOL you included, eh? LOL...that was a good one.

    "Although I wouldn't betray someone's confidence, or least, not willingly."

    I hear you!

    "Obama is dead... how long before the conspiracy theory starts?!"

    No, Obama is not dead (thank God)...Osama is (thank God). Not long, girl...not long.

    Zhu Zhu, thank you so much for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  15. Hi Grace :D!

    "It´s a very nice shot, Max."

    Thank you.

    "I don´t believe that the secrets lasts forever...it doesn´t matter if are between two or more people."

    I see...

    "Osama x Usama: There are many things without explanations because until now, I don´t know anything at all about Osama´s death and HOW, WHY, and WHEN?"

    Does it really matter? The man is dead and his death is the symbol of the end of an era.

    "In fact, I disagree when a country or people use the same weapons than their enemies...cause so...the PEACE will be each day more far..."

    Peace is relative, my friend.

    Grace, thank you so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  16. Hey Rummy :D!

    "Max, on the other hand, one or more people from the other side, either talked or were made to talk!"

    That is one way to see it, indeed...

    Rummy, thank you so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  17. Hi Kalyan :D!

    "This is the age where Live Television channels will like to sensationalize any and every news, get the first scoops and inside stories and be the first to beam live images of any even of global interest...and this is where the conflict of interest starts and there is the breach of the fine line between Silence, Secrecy and Transparency."

    Very well said!

    "But to achieve the bigger goal sometimes we do need to maintain the secrecy whether transparent or not."

    Absolutely!

    Kalyan, I missed your wisdom, man. Thank you so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  18. Hey Peter :D!

    "While I congratulate American on keeping this a secret and for removing Bin Larden from the face of the earth, the sabre-rattling between Pakistan and the US of A has me greatly worried. With both having nuclear weapons I just hope Pakistan can get over their loss of face in light that Bin Laden was hiding under their very noses."

    Pakistan has a lot of explaining to do, that much is true. I think diplomacy will play an important role here, not nuclear weapons. Besides, Pakistan receives a lot of money from the US for its cooperation, and Pakistan did not quite deliver...did it?

    "Time to move on to more precious things like, World Peace!"

    Ah, peace is so relative...

    Peter, thank you so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  19. Hi Logo :D!

    "This is something really big for the country of America. I hope that this is the new beginning for peace."

    It is. Well, at least a hiatus of war...

    Logo, thank you so much for your much appreciated input :D.

    Cheers

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  20. Hey Lynda :D!

    *Nodding in agreement*

    "While I believe in freedom of speech, full expression of creativity and imagination, I think that the media have bombarded us with so much negativity and ill-conceived behaviors that many people accept greed, hatred and prejudice as the norm."

    Agreed.

    "I do believe that it's important for some things to be kept secret, like special military operations, and journalists and the public should respect that."

    Absolutely!!

    "I haven't posted in a month, Max, so I haven't been around much. Thank you for another thoughtful and thought-provoking post!"

    I have noticed; but as long as you're all right we're cool with it :). You are most welcome *bowing*...

    Lynda, thank you so so much for your input :D.

    Cheers and hug

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  21. Hey Liza :D!

    "How are you sweetie? Sorry for coming only now. All is well with me and my family."

    I am fine, darling! It's ok :D. I am ever so glad to hear that, sweetie!

    Liza, thank you for your visit :D!

    *Hugs*

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