Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Border Hordes

 with the breakdown of the medieval system,
the gods of chaos, lunacy, and bad taste gained ascendancy 
--A Confederacy of Dunces,
 John Kennedy Toole

A small thought:

Ranger is reading a book on the previous Dark Ages and specifically the Holy Roman Empire (HRE), a confederacy formed to defend members from the hordes like the Huns and East Goths on their borderlands. It disbanded when alliances shifted and with them, their enemies.

Fast-forward to the 20th century and NATO was formed to protect a nascent European identity from the Soviet threat, one which no longer exists. NATO was an analog to the protective posture of the HRE. Though today's Eurozone (EU) is akin in scope to the HRE, all member countries have their own military presence. Therefore NATO, as the analogized "military wing" of the HRE (which had served as a response to a Soviet eastern threat), is superannuated. NATO is protecting a modern HRE which has its own protective forces.

The United States needs to move on and end its NATO involvement.

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Blogger FDChief said...

Lord Ismay, the first NATO Secretary General, said NATO was "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”

ISTM that we're now trying to keep the RUSSIANS in and the Germans up. And the EU nations need the U.S. every time they want air support.

So there's that, I guess.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

"Ranger is reading a book on the previous Dark Ages and specifically the Holy Roman Empire (HRE)..."

You might be interested in Mathematical Statistics and Problems of Ancient Chronology by A. T. Fomenko.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:52:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

My point is that the H. R. Empire played out 500 years before the birth of America, and the forces of history that include social, military, economic and racial were all in place up to and including now.
Enter America and Nato and all these forces are still in play and we the Americans think and believe that we can control these forces.
In the short view 99 years after the start of WW1 and we are still playing the same game and it's not even in our ball park, or our rule book.

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10:46:00 AM GMT-5  

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