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On May 2, 2014, at 6:27 PM, Louis Proyect <l...@panix.com> wrote:
> Do you actually have an analysis of why NATO needs to close in on Russia?

There was an earlier Crimean War, you know. The map hasn't 
changed all that much.  Indeed I find it remarkable how 
little seems to have changed. It even sheds a retrospective 
light on the Cold War. Perhaps that was just the same old 
story with some of the signs reversed. 

But now we're back to the polarities of Palmerston's day. 
Enlightened opinion deplores the backward old Bear and its 
autocratic political institutions. And of course although 
there are plenty of anti-Semites on all sides, everybody's
bubbeh has told him, repeatedly, that the Czar is the 
>  I can understand why Michael would have become a Maoist when he was young.

Actually, I rather doubt that you can, Louis, but I appreciate the 
imaginative effort. 

Michael Smith

A man should take care not to be made a proverb; and, therefore, should avoid 
having any one topick of which people can say, "We shall hear him upon it." 

--Dr J 

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