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Re: Do you agree with this statement?
Reply #10 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 7:40pm
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Possibly Logical wrote on Jul 11th, 2018 at 5:59pm:
No. A great nation is more than just a self-interested actor.


Nonsense - all countries act in what they perceive as their self interest.  Except the US under Hussein.

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Canada, for instance, is a much better nation than Saudi Arabia because it does not start a bunch of proxy wars that bring suffering to its neighbors.


Canada doesn't have troublesome neighbors to worry about - it doesn't have Iran near its border, and it's another country that's not paying its fair share to defense within NATO.

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More to the point. Trump is in the process destroying a bunch of institutions that America has spent years creating. America did not create these institutions out of altruism. They serve America's strategic interests.


Some of these institutions were created when circumstances were very different.  E.g. NATO was created when the Russians were more impressive economically and militarily, and occupied half of Europe.  The WTO was created to govern the interactions of democratic market economy countries, but then the mistake was made of letting in China.  Times change, and instutions may no longer be relevant.


  
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