Danger Ace wrote:
"Appeasement" is a term often abused, thrown about by commentators who seem to have no idea what it actually means. Appeasement and diplomacy are certainly not the same thing ...
Are you aware of the word's meaning?
Just in case, "appeasement" is the policy or act of granting concessions to demonstrated or potential enemies in order to maintain peace.
No, it is not. It is the act of granting non-reciprocal
concessions to demonstrated or potential enemies in order to maintain peace. In other words, it is the international equivalent of saying: "I am weak; take my wallet, just don't hurt me."
No one has yet demonstrated that the Federation's decision to concede the development of its own cloaking technology was a non-reciprocal concession. Nor has anyone yet demonstrated that this concession has particularly cost the Federation, since the Federation constantly seems able to counter every new Romulan cloaking technological development, and seems to maintain a constant strategic and territorial advantage over the Star Empire and the Imperial Fleet.