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The case is so obvious that we could conclude that the British are, in this small world of the Georgian crisis, very much isolated by their absolutely intransigent discourse. We don't know the concrete and direct reason of this "policy"
The only explanation I can find is an atavistic throwback to The Great Game played between the British Empire and the Czars in Central Asia in the 19th Century.

In other words, the British political class is acting on a 150-year-old reflex.

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 08:50:16 AM EST
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