Nationalism on the Boil Around the South China Sea
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  • Luke Lea

    “The danger that runaway nationalism in one or more Asian countries could plunge the world into another great conflict is real.”

    I hope we have enough sense to stay out of it. We only got involved in Europe in WW I and II because Western Civilization was at stake (and because Japan attacked us). East Asia is too big, too alien, and too far away for us to play a similar role there.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a liberal internationalist, I believe in world government, but only within the limits of the possible. There’s a chance the Eurasian landmass will be divided in two again if China starts throwing its weight around — in which case I’d prefer we draw the line where Europe begins, along the Urals, and concentrate our resources on establishing peace with the Arab world.

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