Are Ambassadors responsible for the problems in their country?

Are Ambassador's Responsible for the problems and conflicts in their country?
What are their roles?
What happens ( in the case of Israel, hypothetically) if the Israeli ambassador was against the occupation, and was trying to make good things happen, but was ignored by their own government, and the rest of the world saw them as representing an oppressive government, when in reality, they were a good person, with good morals, only wanting to help others in the world.

I am asking this, since I received an e-mail on the Students for Justice in Palestine list serve at my school, which showed a youtube video of a bunch of students in Sweden throwing shoes at the Israeli Ambassador at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

Here is the link:

I mean, I feel like someone like President George W. Bush deserved the shoe (since he was the one that wanted the US to invade Iraq, and DID INVADE Iraq), but an ambassador of Israel? Are they really responsible for all the problems?

What do you think? Yes or no?

Please let me know


Stephanie :)

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Comment by Stephanie Chase on February 17, 2009 at 5:26am
Thanks Frederico for your response.
I am coming to understand the frustrations of both the students and the ambassadors.
The students on the one hand may see ambassador as just a puppet of the Israeli government (in this scenario), while the ambassador is just trying to give them a speech, with their perspective.
I think that dialogue is imperative, since the ambassador is probably not a bad person, nor responsible for these war crimes. They may even be against the violence as well, and maybe an activist we don't know. With that being said, is never good to judge someone because of their profession, vocation or occupation-- the students were judging the ambassador based on his/her profession, representing Israel.
Maybe if they had had a good mutual dialogue, then it would not have led to the shoe throwing.
I think that dialogue is the key.
Without it, we are lost.

Thanks again
Comment by Federico Hewson on February 16, 2009 at 5:44pm
Hi Stephanie,
i don't have answer for this but i'm glad you're bringing up this discussion because of course Ambassadors are individuals and may actually be more approachable than activits may think and then an opportunity could be lost so it's great to have this dialogue - thanks - let's see if anyone responds with some personal experience with Ambassadors.



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