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Whisky
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Posted: April 30 2006 at 01:50 AM

  EVER SINCE THE CONTINENTS started interacting politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power. In different ways, at different times, the peoples Inhabiting Eurasia—though mostly those from its Western Eu-ropean periphery—penetrated and dominated the world's other regions as individual Eurasian states attained the special status and enjoyed the privileges of being the world's premier powers.
The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as the key arbiter of Eurasian power
relations but also as the world's paramount power. The defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union was the final step in the rapid ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power, the United States, as the
sole and, indeed, the first truly global power.
Eurasia, however, retains Its geopolitical importance. Not only is its western periphery—Europe—still the location of much of the world's political and economic power, but its eastern region—
Asia—has lately become a vital center of economic growth and rising political influence. Hence, the issue of how a globally engaged America copes with the complex Eurasian power relationships—
and particularly whether it prevents the emergence of a dominant and antagonistic Eurasian power—remains central to America's capacity to exercise global primacy. It follows that—in addition to cultivating the various novel dimensions
of power (technology, communications, information, as
well as trade and finance)—American foreign policy must remain concerned with the geopolitical dimension and must employ its influence in Eurasia in a manner that creates a stable continental
equilibrium, with the United States as the political arbiter.

Eurasia is thus the chessboard on which the struggle for global primacy continues to be played, and that struggle involves geostrategy—the strategic management of geopolitical interests.

It is noteworthy that as recently as 1940 two aspirants to global power, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, agreed explicitly (in the se-cret
negotiations of November of that year) that America should be excluded from Eurasia. Each realized that the injection of American power into Eurasia would preclude his ambitions regarding global domination. Each shared the assumption that Eurasia is the
center of the world and that he who controls Eurasia controls the world. A half century later, the issue has been redefined: will America's primacy in Eurasia endure, and to what ends might it be ap-plied?

The ultimate objective of American policy should be benign and visionary: to shape a truly cooperative global community, in keeping with long-range trends and with the fundamental interests of humankind. But in the meantime, it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and
thus also of challenging America. The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy is therefore the purpose of this book.

Zbigniew Brzezinski
Washington, DC.
April 1997

BOOK:
The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives by Zbigniew Brzezinski.

FYI: Brzezinski served as U.S. National Security Advisor for President Carter in the years 1977-1981.

Another interesting fact is he was the main man through his U.S. recommendations that armed and funded the Afghan Mujahideen. But after the Soviet withdrawl from Afganistan, they fought against each other in a civil war. And the winners of that civil war reformed themselves under a new name. The Taliban.
 
   
Vlad
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Posted: April 30 2006 at 01:51 AM

 
 
   
Vitali
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Posted: April 30 2006 at 10:48 AM

  hmmm interesting read. I remeber studying something to this effect in a political science course. What this passage fails to mention however, is that the "asia" part of eurasia controls resources that are in high demand. I'm not only talking about ol and gas (that's too obvious), but factors like shipping routes are also fairly important.
 
   
<3Lili<3
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Posted: April 30 2006 at 01:50 PM

  im reading 1984 for school and that seemed to come out like right out of the book... ew school
 
   
Vitali
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Posted: April 30 2006 at 02:58 PM

  I never actaully read that book, i keep putting it off I'm gonna read it one of these days.
 
   
Whisky
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Posted: May 01 2006 at 12:03 AM

  Nobody really knows how much oil the Saudi's really have, and more important than Saudi oil is exploration of the Caspian sea. The amount that is said to lye beneath is enough to dwarf all the resources of the middle east combined.
 
   
Whisky
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Posted: May 01 2006 at 12:35 AM

 
  Quote: <3Lili<3
  im reading 1984 for school and that seemed to come out like right out of the book... ew school
George Orwell's depiction of governments becoming too large to be controled publicly,officially became a reality when the U.S. gave birth to the CIA following WW2.

Although I am a neocon supporter, I don't support loss of liberties via patriotism. The U.S. constitution is the backbone of American society, and the distruction of the constitution,is therefore the distruction of America.

As Ben Franklin best said it:

"Those who would give up ESSENTIAL LIBERTY to purchase a little TEMPORARY SAFETY, deserve neither LIBERTY nor SAFETY."
 
   
natusik
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Posted: May 23 2006 at 01:31 AM

  1984 was a mockery and prediction of the future soviet union and communist regim .. which combined both political and satire images to display more effectively totalitarianism... and how easy it is for the government to control ignorant people in society ..
 
   
natusik
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Posted: May 23 2006 at 01:33 AM

  Big Brother is Watching You Right Now
 
   
TOLSTI
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Posted: May 23 2006 at 01:52 AM

  the mind games are fuked like in the soviet union ppl saw that shit aint alwayz good but they still followed the soviet party....
 
   
matz55
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Posted: May 23 2006 at 01:54 AM

  the ussr was greaaaaat
 
   
Whisky
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Posted: May 24 2006 at 07:13 PM

 
  Quote: natusik
  1984 was a mockery and prediction of the future soviet union and communist regim .. which combined both political and satire images to display more effectively totalitarianism... and how easy it is for the government to control ignorant people in society ..
Sounds like a funny read.
 
   
gino_mikey
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Posted: May 24 2006 at 07:16 PM

 
 
   
Soldat_Udachi
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Posted: August 27 2006 at 05:25 PM

  as the majority of you are from the former soviet union I want you to go to your parents and ask them about their life in the SOVIET UNION. Ask them about the their opportunities, about the corruption and about the liberties they may or may not have enjoyed.

The soviet union is looked down upon from the west because they do not grasp the basic concept of that style of living. It was a country where if you put your mind to it you were given every ability to succeed, and prosper. Your education was paid for! Look at the costs of an AMERICAN POST SECONDERY EDUCATION!!! Democracy and Communism is a 2 way street, each has their pros and cons!
 
   
faded9
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Posted: August 27 2006 at 05:28 PM

  Yea AMERICAN Schools are like 13,000+ a year
 
   
beer_buddy
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Posted: August 29 2006 at 12:56 AM

  well i think if communism allowed the freedom of religion and maybe speach, maybe it would of been ok.
 
 
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