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I'm also not going to read anything into the fact that the peace/nuclear disarmament movement is so incredibly defunct and impotent that even the Hapsburg dynasty has better odds at making a successful comeback.

Heh. (But in a scary way.)

It's not even simply about world domination and personal profit.  Those explain the actions of the interested parties, but hardly the popular hysteria this Caucasus crisis has unleashed in America.  How does one explain that?  On what grounds do our people so eagerly embrace the narrative of Russia as the enemy?   What makes it so easy for people to ignore, even gamble away the gains of the last 20 years?


Possibly the biggest problem for Superpower Psychology is that evil is always out there somewhere - i.e. somewhere else.

And certainly not in here. Uh uh.

There's also the usual basic profiteering to look forward to as well. (But that almost goes without saying now.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 19th, 2008 at 07:56:26 PM EST
"the peace/nuclear disarmament movement is so incredibly defunct and impotent"

On this side of the pond, at least, the peace movement has ALWAYS been impotent. On NPR this afternoon they were replaying some White House tapes of Johnson worrying about how the U.S. could not succeed in Vietnam--in 1965! There were anti-war demonstrations then, and throughout the remainder of the sixties and into the seventies, but we didn't finally get out of there until 1974. Even though Washington knew it was a lost cause nine years earlier.

by asdf on Tue Aug 19th, 2008 at 11:41:26 PM EST
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It's decades of propaganda still paying dividends to interested parties. Decades of not knowing if the world will be there tomorrow leaves an impression, and 1989 might as well be yesterday.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Aug 20th, 2008 at 03:52:24 AM EST
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