[Marxism] Fw: Geopolitics with Robert D. Kaplan: Is Greece European?
ilagardien at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 7 06:19:31 MDT 2012
Kaplan is truly one of the vilest writers on world affairs... He spends so much of his time othering Huntington's others, it's quite shameful.
By Robert D. Kaplan | June 6, 2012
Greece is where the West both begins and ends. The West -- as a humanist ideal -- began in ancient Athens where compassion for the individual began to replace the crushing brutality of the nearby civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia. The war that Herodotus chronicles between Greece and Persia in the 5th century B.C. established a contrast between West and East that has persisted for millennia. Greece is Christian, but it is also Eastern Orthodox, as spiritually close to Russia as it is to the West, and geographically equidistant between Brussels and Moscow. Greece may have invented the West with the democratic innovations of the Age of Pericles, but for more than a thousand years it was a child of Byzantine and Turkish despotism. And while Greece was the northwestern bastion of the anciently civilized Near East, ever since history moved north into colder climates following the collapse of Rome, the inhabitants of Peninsular Greece have found themselves
at the poor, southeastern extremity of Europe.
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