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I think the debate on NATO expansion is upside down. Even the wording, "expansion", is wrong. It creates an erroneous picture of NATO as a prime mover, expanding its borders eastwards to surround Russia.

The reality is that a large number of sovereign states decided they wanted to join NATO. Why did they want to join NATO? Well, that might just have something to do with half a century of Communist dictatorship and Soviet occupation.

Nations have a right to choose their own destinies. They have the right to decide, entirely by themselves, what organizations to apply for membership in. What people perhaps should ask themselves is why these countries do not want to join a defense alliance with Russia.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Mar 6th, 2015 at 11:50:08 AM EST
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