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The ideological divisions of today involve the organization of the international system of states. One side, led by the United States and including the United Kingdom and most member states of the EU and NATO, subscribes to something it calls the “rules-based international order.”
The other side, led by Russia and China, subscribes to “international law,” which it identifies as the principles that govern the international system of states that emerged from the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years’ War. According to the Westphalian system, every state – no matter how large or small – has exclusive sovereignty over its own territory, and no state may threaten the sovereignty of any other. The principles of this system are set out in the United Nations Charter.
Addresses the anniversary of NATO’s first war in Europe, Operation Allied Force in Yugoslavia in 1999, with a degree of balance and accuracy that is encouraging. Also discusses the anniversary of NATO’s war in Libya a decade ago, the bloc’s first African war.
Both began, as did the war against Iraq in 2003, in this month, aptly named after the Roman god of war.
Russian government officials may have been in a cryogenic stupor for the past twenty years and not noticed what NATO has been up to in that time. But it appears someone may be coming to at last.
When asked if the Kremlin shared the opinion that Russia was facing “a psychological war,” he said, going on to point out, “a deliberate policy aimed at containing and suppressing Russia is clear enough.” “Indeed, it is ongoing and is visible to the naked eye,” Peskov added.