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#1 even more importantly, to help protect twenty-first-century Europeans from themselves.
It's impossible to protect people from themselves. EUropeans made their bed---let 'em lay in it.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-02-16 07:05||
#2 How many chances do you get? Two World Wars dragging America into a fight in Europe from which their ancestors either left or were thrown out, followed by an unending expense of military welfare for first world countries.
Justinian squandered the resources of the Eastern Roman Empire to reconstruct the Western Roman Empire. That weakening only helped to have his lands overrun by the original Islamic Conquest.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-02-16 08:52||
#3 The role of NATO¬--and America¬'s participation in it¬--is now more critical than ever, both to protect a relatively disarmed and insolvent Europe from foreign pressures¬--but, even more importantly, to help protect twenty-first-century Europeans from themselves.
I dunno, I'm not inclined to save Europe right now. The southern Euros need an object lesson in the consequences of failure (much as Prof. Hanson notes the object lesson Germany did not receive after World War I). Germany may fly high now but when the default comes they'll suddenly feel, economically, more like East Germans.
The history of the 20th century can be seen, in part, as the failure of Europe to take responsibility for itself. I'm not eager to continue to enable them.
Posted by Steve White 2012-02-16 09:42||
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