By Ronald D. Asmus and Bruce P. Jackson
Ronald D. Asmus is senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Bruce P. Jackson is president of the Project on Transitional Democracies.
Fascinating article though of course I am perhaps somewhat biased regarding the authors.
A series of historically unprecedented events have brought the attention of the West to the wider Black Sea region
While Europeans like Rascal natter on about principles and other such “concerns,” a storm is brewing on their eastern horizon. I have warned about this before. Is Germany ready? And if there is a serious problem with refugees and/or major civil unrest, who will Germany turn to? France? Belgium? What do you think? Hmmm? My little Joschkita?
Well then you can be the only one who doesn’t see something threatening in the arc of instability from the Caucasus through the Balkans to the former Soviet republics of Ukraine and Belarus. But hey, I am sure that you are right. Ostriches usually are. That is why they have such long legs to run away.
Here, however, is how your EU Government views the matter…
So all carrots and no sticks huh? What do you think the chances are that another conflict like Bosnia or Kosovo will emerge and how will Europe with its “milk quotas” and “customs duties” deal with that? Hmmm? Why not cooperate more with the US on its own Middle East Democracy Initiatives? Hmmm?
An imporant part of Germanies exterior policy had been to stabilize the “Wild East” of Europe. Following those efforts of promoting their economies and promoting their membership in the EU, quite a lot of countries of the former unstable east are now members of the EU and probably their economy is soon stronger than ours
But there is still a lot to do, and countries like White Russia can make you scared. Ever heard of Moldawia? They still have a commie president there. I almost dated a cute girl there, but then some Taiwan chic … [another story … do not want to end up in the flunder forum again ]
While the American election is certainly important, do not forget to keep tabs on who wins in the Ukraine this October 31. This is a VERY important election to determine whether Ukraine goes democratic and capitalist or falls behind into the pattern Russia is in.
You are the German after all. What about voting in a different party in 2006 someone committed to a solid Atlanticist position. AND how about a thorough criminal investigation into Fischer’s background. I am sure that a certain wife of a certain policeman would like to know why justice has not been served. But maybe while he is in prison for all sorts of things some of the prison guards will beat him within an inch of his life. Now, wouldn’t THAT be poetic justice or just desserts?
What about voting in a different party in 2006 someone committed to a solid Atlanticist position.[/quote]
I don’t favor the atlanticist positon too much. But of course i have not decided yet what party i will vote for in 2006.
I guess a lot of people would favor that investigation. But i don’t think it is going to happen. Some years ago a journalist wrote about Fishers past in Frankfurt. He called it something like “from terrorist to foreign minister”. But he never managed to finish or publish because the got sued by the government.