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The only one of those statements that isn't utterly banal is the second one.

The first, third, fifth and sixth principles are all just statements of obvious facts, while the fourth and seventh are simple corollaries to the Russian goal of great power status.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Apr 5th, 2014 at 08:00:01 AM EST
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After three decades of proclaimed 'unipolar world' and US triumphalist nonsense even a forceful restatement of the obvious is helpful. Russia is back, but it is far more nationalist than the Soviet Union ever was. Way to go, US neo-cons! You sure contained the risk that peace might break out.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Apr 5th, 2014 at 11:14:03 AM EST
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