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  •  Well, the majority of Germans on both sides (9+ / 0-)

    wanted to be reunited.

    That's not the case with most of the former Soviet Republics.

    Germans were forced apart, the Soviets forced others to join their empire.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 01:58:27 PM PDT

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    •  Right. I don't know enough about each one of those (1+ / 0-)
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      countries to say if they do or don't want reunification. I think enthusiasm varies from place to place.

      That's where additional arguments are layered on top of the basic question. What about reunification based on ethnic nationality? Assuming that Russians in the near abroad want to be reunited, what objection is there? The West says borders are borders and they can't be redrawn to incorporate ethnic Russians. (David Brooks ran this generic argument in WaPo today.)

      Russia doesn't buy this because borders were redrawn in Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia to correspond to ethnic nationalities. Why not for Russians?

      This argument dead-ends with a unilateral declaration that Russia is the sole master of its own fate and the question of its borders isn't up to the US or any external country to decide. It seems obvious to Russia that the US wouldn't consider Russia's best interest in the matter.

      Russia argues effectively that its borders are an existential matter of its own survival and full potential. It follows self interest, not abstract principle. The US doesn't have a consistent principle anyway, that was applied in Eastern Europe or the Caucasus. It's only consistent in its goal to diminish Russia. There's resentment here that's been festering for 20 years.

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