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Putin's belligerence today has its roots in the fall of the Berlin Wall
Putin's belligerence today has its roots in the fall of the Berlin Wall

To those old enough to remember the frostiest days of the Cold War, today's headlines and images seem very familiar. Military troops under the control of Moscow cross borders with impunity. Heads of NATO states struggle to generate an effective response. It's hard not to ask, “How did we end up here again?” The seeds of today's problems were sown when the Berlin Wall fell, 25 years ago today, on Nov. 9, 1989. To understand why, contrast what happened as the Cold War ended with what happened after World War II. In 1945, Washington and its allies sought to incorporate as much of its main enemy, Germany, as possible into the West. After 1989, however, the strategy...

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