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Former Russian-dominated states in Europe seem to imagine that its security is grows bigger as Russia is weaker. Ultimately, this means denying Russia the right to exist.

NATO is clearly a tool to press the russians. What do you  when you are pressed against a wall. do you get more quiet? I certainly do, while I choose where to hit forcefully.

Since security needs of all countries involved are real, an alternative to NATO must appear. I can see only reason for hope: as the american economy brcomes weaker, their military strenght must be reduced. (I dont see political leadership in our continent, so changes must originate from elsewhere.)

by findmeaDoorIntoSummer on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 11:08:01 PM EST
Excellent comment, which goes at the heart of the issue. It's time Russia's neighbors understood that keeping Russia down is just as dangerous as letting it unchecked.

Balance is what we need, but we seem to have polities in various places that doesn't do balance. "Old Europe" does do balance a bit more - and gets called wimpy for its pains.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Aug 17th, 2008 at 05:52:22 AM EST
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