* By Polar Bear in response to Moose's earlier post
In relation to the military operation by Britain and France against Egyptian forces during the 1956 Suez crisis, the recently retired Sir Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, "I am not sure I should have dared to start; but I am sure I should not have dared to stop."
I think that a reasonable analogy can be drawn in relation to Nato expansion to encompass the Ukraine and Georgia. Moose's arguments have force, but as one might say, 'we have crossed the Rubicon.' A retreat now would reinforce Russia in its autocracy and gangsterism, and, incidentally, send a message of weakness to our Islamist enemies. Re Spengler's comments about Saakashvili of Georgia. Me thinks he protests too much. Spengler is exploiting imperfection in order to create equivalence.
Russia faces the choice between an ultimately self-destructive isolationism and linkage with Western Europe in an association of independent liberal democratic states. Many years ago, De Gaulle envisaged a Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals. Having come this far, the West cannot now retreat. On the contrary, it could exploit the opportunity if only the Western Europeans could finally recognize the absurdity of the European Union structure.