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To address the "Western tribe" theory:  Russia is not implicitly outside the West.  I mean, let us look at the royal families of Europe from the 17th-20th centuries, and let us look at whom we call the allies in WWII...  And I don't remember this topic being of much interest in the 90's when we were convinced that Russia, denouncing Communism, was going to become one of us, join our tribe.  

If there is a grain of truth to the tribalism theory it might be that 1) we in the West have some anxiety about Russia's identification with both the East and West (like people who donate to both liberal and conservative parties, we can't figure out what they are up to, we don't trust them, they can turn at any moment.) and the 2) Russia's realized that the West is not the only path to advancement.  And that freaks us out.  We are not the only game in town anymore.  


"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 11:33:22 AM EST

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