Hmmm. I just don’t know who to believe. American Marines are so, so, bloodthirsty, the brutes, and besides, they are loyal to that horrible man, Bush, so it is my duty as a peace-loving opponent of warmongers and a multiculturalist to believe Haji Liwani Qumandan over Staff Sergeant Mohamed Sheik, USMC.
This is a brutal truth that cannot be spoken by those who must build rapport with them. They must maintain the polite fiction that the “eye witness testimony” of such people is worthy of consideration.
Shame cultures have an entirely different understanding of truth than Guilt cultures.
There can be no compromise with their concept of “honor”, for any compromise brings “shame”. Thus, in order to maintain honor, lying and any other kind of deceit is completely acceptable–even encouraged. Multiply this times ten when dealing with the malignant narcissistic leader of the culture or nation.
This reality is hard to grasp for the western mind which places a higher value on truth and honesty. Thus, western diplomats seem incredibly naiive and laughable to both Asian and Arab minds because they believe in the sanctity of agreement, treaties, and the like. The idea that deliberate deceit or lying as a political strategy is considered acceptable–even honorable –in some places of the world doesn’t seem to occur to them.