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First of all I do think that Stephens is quite right in assuming that Putin want to restore the old Russian national pride, in doing so he is no different than, what you call, the "Western" Tribe.  That is how our history has evolve unfortunately and thus is nothing new, this is also one of the main driving forces behind the Chinese and Indian positioning in international politics.

History has shown that the political elites in most, if not all, countries have the aim of being on top of the power hierarchy, if they can't, for some reason, they at least want to be close to the ones on top.  See the different alliances between small countries and greater powers.
 

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by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 10:37:44 AM EST

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