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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.  

I'm sure he is: that is only part of his motivation though. There are also legitimate Russians interests at stake.

The Western Tribe has no interest in the pride of any country except to the extent that it helps their tribal standing. So they'll fuck the US into the ground so long as they win from it.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 10:45:34 AM EST
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