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Tuesday March 16th, 2010

Venus is from Europe

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ivan Krastev @ 10:26 AM

New posting of Ivan Krastev in the blog of Word Affairs:

Venus is from Europe

“Europe is too thickly planted with kingdoms to be long at peace,” wrote Thomas Paine some two centuries ago. Since then, many things have changed but not America’s skepticism about Europe. Speaking at the National Defense University some weeks ago, Secretary Gatesexpressed his fear that “demilitarization of Europe—where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks going with it—has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st.” In short, Europe is planted with too many pacifist democracies to be long enough at war. What does all this mean for the future of NATO?

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