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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Dec 4, 2015 at 18:47

Hi, Moh. You said,

I don't know why Nato should be anti-Russian now - the Europeans have to live next to them, communism is finished and most Russians are actually European. (Finno-Ugric or Slavic but European ). They have a Christian Orthodox heritage and a similar outlook to most Europeans.

I wish we could talk about more interesting things: World politics is singularly boring, as much as it is dangerous. Here's you answer:

Alliances between countries have precious little to do with linguistic or religious similarities. Consider America's very close relationships with Japan, Korea, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Morocco -- at least a few years ago, before Obama managed to turn our friends in to enemies and our enemies into monsters. Neither does "democracy" have anything to do with it, seeing that we have propped up countless dictatorships such as Pakistan but pretty much shunned India. Meanwhile, the South Koreans fear the Japanese more than the North Koreans, and the Greeks have little use for the Turks; yet all are allies and have been for over 65 years.

The single most important factor is geography: The Americans, Australians, Japanese & Koreans and Europeans (except the Russians) all share a vital interest in keeping the sea lanes safe; because they are all heavily dependent on international trade. Russia is out of the loop, being virtually land-locked, but enormously so. China is a major trading nation; but being the most populous nation on earth, it has little need for alliances. This makes them a convenient scapegoat for the West, when needed; and being a scapegoat is a vital role: It focusses people's minds on it as an "enemy" and "threat", and allows mass control by governments.

I told you it was boring. Scary? Yes, to someone who isn't assured of eternal life. As the Bible says,

Hebrews 2:
[14] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
[15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The world is getting ready for a nuclear confrontation, "The Federation" (the West) against the "Romulans, etc." (BRICS). Each side has an arsenal of thousands of nuclear weapons, ready for delivery to your doorstep. Of course, there have to be "red shirts" to let us know this is a dangerous game; but at the same time, nearly everyone looks upon it as just a game. The big problem nowadays, is that there are enough deliverable nukes outside the control of the major players, to destory civilization as we know it. That can be scary, as I said, to someone who doesn't have eternal life. But it sells news, etc. and gives people jobs in Seattle.

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