Memorandum to Woodrow Wilson

I hope this reaches you at whatever resort exists in heaven (or the other place) for former Presidents of the U.S. Not knowing how closely you watch events in the world you left behind, I want to bring you up to date on the consequences of an ideal you so energetically championed: national self- determination. Today it is militantly invoked in many places, from the former Yugoslavia to the former Soviet republics, including North Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh. (You don't know where those new states are? Well, very few people do.) Rival claims to the same land have led to bloody battles,...

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