Ethereal wrote:MisterD wrote:Ethereal wrote:
Apologies, I don't follow.
What I mean is that Russia is not some innocent victim of Western aggression. She has always had imperial pretensions and has acted upon them. You could also ask how many times has Russia invaded neighboring states in the last century. Basically, you're attacking one imperialism in favor of another.
No doubt, Russia, like all large nation-states, is predicated upon some measure of imperial ambition, but does that imply an equivalence in terms of degree between western and Russian imperialism? Does that mean both sides are equal in terms of their aggression and expansionism? Granted, that is theoretically possible, but I believe there is ample historical evidence to support the contention that there is a significant asymmetry between western and Russian imperialism, especially since the end of the cold war.
No doubt a triumphant liberalism presents a much greater danger to world peace than a weakened Russia. No argument there but I have heard leftists engage in this sort of thing in the past in response to anti-Russian and anti-communist propaganda. As if the USSR wasn't the heir of Tsarist imperialism and the Bolsheviks were just trying to protect themselves from Western aggression.