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Why Mearsheimer is wrong about Russia and the war in Ukraine. Five arguments from Alexander Stubb” (21 minutes): https://youtu.be/vlB-pRqdyBg

let’s be frank, let’s be open, but let’s be a little bit careful also about what we claim, because those claims can lead to false assumptions, and those false assumptions can lead to false conclusions, and those false conclusions can lead to the loss of life”. (Alexander Stubb)

Alexander Stubb:
43rd Prime Minister of Finland, 24 June 2014 – 29 May 2015
Minister of Finance, 29 May 2015 – 22 June 2016
Minister for European Affairs and Trade, 22 June 2011 – 24 June 2014
Minister for Foreign Affairs, 4 April 2008 – 22 June 2011
And more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Stubb

From the video we learn of yet another region stolen by Russia (Karelia, Finland), which is where Stubb’s father and grandfather were born: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karelia_(historical_province_of_Finland

Stubb recommends the following article: “In praise of reality, not realism: An answer to Mearsheimer” By Veronica Anghel and Dietlind Stolle, June 28th, 2022 https://euideas.eui.eu/2022/06/28/in-praise-of-reality-not-realism-an-answer-to-mearsheimer/

Mearsheimer is of the pompous, arrogant and spoiled generations of US academics, who were given opportunity due to expansion of the US university system, largely because of the Post WWII GI Bill and because of Cold War military funding. That opportunity led them to believe that they are smarter than they are. It’s very interesting that anti-American academics, like Mearsheimer and Chomsky, haven’t voted with their feet and moved to the USSR or Russia. The Soviets, and now Putin, would welcome them with open arms. How would an elderly Chomsky fare in his parental homeland of Ukraine? His father came to the US willingly, supposedly to avoid draft into the Tsar’s army, when Ukraine was occupied by the Russian Empire, but perhaps he was a revolutionary? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Chomsky At least people can read their propaganda for free these days and not have to pay for it. At least people can now see what it for what it really is, because of declassification of old records. The Soviets and Russia have always supported “peace” and unilateral disarmament in the west, but not for themselves. These guys aren’t 18 year old naive idealists. They are old men, and can’t be so naive or stupid.

As can be seen on the map, the theft of Karelia by the Russia was geo-strategique.
(Click on map to enlarge)

Map of Finnish areas ceded to the Soviet Union in 1944, after the Continuation War. See also Image:Finnish_areas_ceded_in_1940.png
Jniemenmaa – Own work
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Atlas_of_Karelia#/media/File:Finnish_areas_ceded_in_1944.png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jniemenmaa
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/