Didn't Carol Paul say neither she or Ron knew he was going to do it and that afterwards Ron sat in silence for 20 minutes?
Doesn't sound like a mutually agreed strategy to me.
"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain