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habit? sentiment for bygone days?
the premise that the evil bear would eat europe for breakfast is long gone, we're their cash cow, why eat your milk supply?
great diary, J.
we are very fortunate russia's leaders have cool heads, considering the abuse they've put up with from our idiotically patronising attitudes.
we are almost as bad as the yanks when it comes to illusions of entitlement, sigh...
and as for georgia, we should not be trying to take too much responsibility for their fate, especially if they are so foolish as to poke a sullen bear.
U.S. posturing is, as usual, unhelpful, even damaging to all interests.
the west has betrayed russia, we owe an apology, and we should be grateful to them for treating us correctly.
their first affair with capitalism brought organised crime and social anarchy, that was america's contribution...
one window of opportunity, for russia to emulate a more democratic system, lying in shards on the ground.
now it's our turn as europeans, we would be wise not to repeat the same mistakes, especially the hypocrisy of pretending we know better than they do how to run their country, or even where to place their borders. we should be feting medvedev, for example, as a pro-western, moderate leader, thereby encouraging him to be more so, instead of winding him up like a clock.
very. very. dumb. indeed...
let's treat our own minorities with more dignity, then politely ask russia to observe and share better values, not before.
or we risk looking even more stupid than we do now!
yes, and reduce demand, become sovereign of our own supplies of what we need, because energy is the new capital, and the sun, wind and tides will extract less rent in the long term than russia.
we have to identify, name and shame those fossil fool interests that are keeping us in thrall, and continue to raise public awareness about the vulnerability we suffer because of the narrow interests of a very few, but still powerful, bad-faith actors in this global drama.
the MSM will not be our friends in this endeavour, they will come late, if ever, kicking and screaming all the way.
so it's up to us, cheerful thought, as TBG might say!
beats 'we are so doomed' anyway...
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
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