How long does it take us to learn? We cannot change a country using force from the outside. It must come from within and it takes time.
You can use all the force, energy and ingenuity you want to change a caterpillar into a butterfly. It won’t work. It will transform itself only in its own time.
Thus it is with nations, regardless of the turmoil and injustice currently within.
Alfred H. Kingon was writing in the Financial Times. He is a member of the Council of American Ambassadors – a nonprofit, nonpartisan association, which aims to inform the public on foreign policy issues affecting the national interest.