Essay: Return of The German Question

Say what you will about imperialism, it does have a way of keeping the natives from killing one another. This truth is entirely color-blind. What was true for, say, British India and East Africa is true for Europe. For 40 years the brutal Soviet dominion over Eastern Europe suppressed a myriad of nationalisms and kept things quiet. Now that Soviet power is in retreat, things are quiet no more.

As the Soviets retreat, America is sure to follow (that is, if the U.S. has not, in a mood of euphoric anticipation, left first). As the smoke and fog of the cold...

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