inter-imperialist rivalry (was Re: Forwarded from John Gulick)

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Thu Dec 13 15:09:20 MST 2001

Aren't US-led wars in the post-colonial world, especially since 1991,
largely about inter-imperialist war by other means ? Mark's comments about
C Asia
seem apropos. One could argue that US took such a central role in bombing and
destroying Serbia b/c it was afraid that leaving resolution of Kosovo-Serbian
situation to the EU (as it had the Balkan wars earlier in the decade) would
strengthen EU countries' position (especially Germany's) in "post-war
reconstruction." US propped up bloody Suharto dictatorship for all those years,
then showed sudden interest in East Timorese irredentism when it looked like
the EU (via the UN) would take the lead in brokering a settlement there. Etc.
I don't know, just some hypothetical propositions.

John Gulick


CB: You are probably correct, but the level of war very indiredtly between the U.S. and E.U. since 1991 is a lot less, qualitatively less than that between Germany vs. France, England, Russia in WWI (Lenin's period) and Germany vs France, England , U.S. in WWII.

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