Old and busted: German militarism. Not-so-new but still hot: Russian militarism

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Germany is a stellar example that culture, while difficult to change, can change. Not all of it, not completely, and it might take a war, a devastating defeat, an occupation, a painful partition and decades of guilt – but it can happen. So cheer up people, cultural determinists aren’t totally right.

Anyway, following decades of painful cultural evolution, German warmongering is out and German peacemongering is in.

Don’t take me wrong, as someone whose ancestors kept getting invaded by the Teutons for the past one thousand years, it’s kind of a relief. Unfortunately, as someone whose ancestors kept getting invaded by the Muscovites for the past one thousand years, it’s also kind of a cop-out. So while I’m glad that Germany is no longer all Drang nach Osten, I’m less glad it’s because they decided to concede the Lebensraum to the Russians:

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticised NATO for having a bellicose policy towards Russia, describing it as “warmongering”, the German daily Bild reported.

Steinmeier pointed to the deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance’s Baltic and east European member states.

“What we should avoid today is inflaming the situation by warmongering and stomping boots,” Steinmeier told Bild in an interview to be published Sunday.

“Anyone who thinks you can increase security in the alliance with symbolic parades of tanks near the eastern borders, is mistaken,” Germany’s top diplomat added.

Because Herr Steinmeier seems somewhat semantically confused, I’ve prepared this little table he might find useful in the future:

 

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Prussian militarism – now with the silent “p”.

PS This delightful map from “The Wall Street Journal” on the area of the latest NATO warmongering. If the Russians are using the same maps, we’re safe.

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