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With the Warshaw pact parallel, you do indeed choose a way too limited definition of "vassal".

vassal - definition of vassal by The Free Dictionary

1. A person who held land from a feudal lord and received protection in return for homage and allegiance.2. A bondman; a slave.3. A subordinate or dependent.

Words do indeed have a meaning. Whether one views NATO membership for European states as a genuine provision of security (as you seem to view it) or as a means to perpetuate dependence and inhibit own initiative (as suggested by Zbigniew Brzezinski), the dependence and subordination part remains, and the armies fighting the wars under the NATO umbrella were pretty much organised along feudal principles.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Feb 12th, 2015 at 10:32:52 AM EST
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