Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Just because a country doesn't want to do what we want them to doesn't mean they're supporting our enemy. The idea of "you're with us or against us" does not work in international politics, because everyone is for themselves.
I don't particularly trust any country's leaders to do what's best for it's people, ours included. I just hope everyone remembers that the people in all these countries really haven't anything to do with what their leaders do. Nobody's said anything to the contrary, but sometimes people forget this.
There has never been a truly communist country in the world, however, the idea of communism has been used for political advantage and the places where it was used are extremely prone to internal collapse, dictatorships, and violence against themselves and others. This is why communism is dangerous. It is used as an idea to get people to rally around, generally in very impoverished nations (the least ideal place for a true communist state according to its founder) and then as a tool to subjugate them. It is no different in N Korea.
The Cold War is over, as the enemy we had in it no longer exists. If by Cold War you mean the standoff between America and the USSR. If you mean the continuous threat of nuclear war that has existed since the proliferation during the Cold War, then it will never be over, and has been going on since the anonymous-looking lab in Los Alamos NM first tried to make an atom bomb. A Cold War is by definition a war without violence, so in that sense I hope it never ends, because when it does it will be outright violence. And there really isn't any other way out of it, unless humans in general change the nature they've demonstrated since time began.
Another Machiavellian era idea is that it is totally and absolutely illegal to remove another country's leader from power, for any reason and in any way. Too bad we can't follow that. It has very good groundings, including the fact that any time you do someone worse comes to power-- my main objection to the war in Iraq. Read Crane Brinton's Anatomy of a Revolution.
To answer your question,
By Cold War- i mean continuous threat of nuclear war that has existed since the proliferation during the Cold War. Also, responding back to what you said before- and i definitely agree with you----"A Cold War is by definition a war without violence, so in that sense I hope it never ends, because when it does it will be outright violence"
I hope that clears up your question.
And in response to your Machivellian era idea you quoted- i was stating earlier that Machivell's "The Prince," is an excellent political piece. I personally think there are good ideas and bad ideas to the book. A lot of it has to do with how you interperate it. Did you by chance know that Adolf Hitler as well as Stalin read "The Prince" and idolized it. Most of our American presidents have read it also and found good advice from it. There is nothing wrong with the book in and of itself- it is an exellent piece- it depends on who uses it and interperates it- Hitler reading "the prince"....well you see what happeed. / An american president or other great leader reading it- and it could turn out to be a great thing.
Also in a side note- you did somewhat accurately quote the Machavellian idea "it is totally and absolutely illegal to remove another country's leader from power, for any reason and in any way." I personally think Machavelli worded that concept more eloquently....however, when you said
"Too bad we can't follow that. It has very good groundings, including the fact that any time you do someone worse comes to power-- my main objection to the war in Iraq."
That sincerly makes me wonder if you also think that Saadam Hussain , Hitler, and Other of the worlds most horrendious leaders should have never been questioned or fought against???? I would seriously think about rewording your pervious statement if that isn't what you ment to say. If however you don't feel as though they should been overthrown, then i sincerly hope you take a good look back over the devistation those individuals have caused. (or in Hitler's case fought against since he committed suicide- although he deserved the death of a thousand incinuious tortures in my opinion- Over 1/2 of my family died as a direct result of Hitler....)
Personally, I'm glad to live in America where we have the right to rebell and overturn the govenment if it should ever become corrupt ( and you notice, that hasn't happened yet
). It is good to know that we all can stand up against our leaders should they ever try and change the foundations and beliefs this country was founded on. Sorry for such a long reply. I hope you have a nice day.