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De to franske filosofene Andre Glucksmann og Bernard-Henri Lévy advarte allerede i april – før toppmøtet i Bucurest, NATO mot å parkere Georgia og Ukrainas medlemskap for ikke å provosere Russland.

Det var snakk om å gi Georgia og Ukraina status som kandidatland som setter i gang prosessen mot medlemskap. President George W. Bush foreslo at de skulle få en slik status. Men Tyskland og Frankrike sa nei.

Dette ville være en stor feilbedømming spådde de to filosofene.

Conversely, we are convinced that a refusal would send a disastrous signal to the new czars of nationalist, capitalist Russia. It would show them that we are weak, feeble, that Georgia and the Ukraine are lands to conquer and that we are prepared to sacrifice them on the altar of their renewed imperial ambitions. Not integrating or, more exactly, not considering the integration of these countries into the European space would destabilize the region. In short, if we yield to Vladimir Putin, if we sacrifice our principles to him, if we withdraw without trying anything, we will reinforce the most aggressive sort of nationalism in Moscow.

Nouveau NATO by Andre Glucksmann and Bernard-Henri Lévy
An open letter to Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel on the occasion of the most important NATO summit since the end of the Cold War.
Post Date Wednesday, April 02, 2008

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