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Well, NATO was supposedly a military alliance against the Soviet Union, forged out of a re-purposed war time alliance after a barely decent interval had passed to allow the rehabilitation of the Germans.

And clearly you know all this much better than I do, Migeru. I just wonder why the western public is so intensely stupid or indifferent as to tolerate this reflexive reversion of their "alliances" into 19th century Great Game policies. Yet more evidence that the NeoCon dream of repealing the 20th century is close to realisation.

by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Thu Apr 24th, 2008 at 10:54:16 AM EST
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Stupid or indifferent is, I suspect the answer. Well, that and the fact that those who profit from the Great Game are also the ones who own the press.

That aside, we would likely see a reversion to the Great Game way of doing geopolitics anyway, because we are moving into an era where the global conditions are favourable towards that kind of strategy. In fact, the only people who don't seem to have realised this is the Atlanticists, who seemingly can't or won't accept that in a multi-polar world there is no real reason that Europe can't set itself up as an independent power in a way that were precluded during the bi-polar and uni-polar worlds of (the second half of) the 20th century.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Apr 24th, 2008 at 12:29:51 PM EST
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