Разделенная Азия стоит на своем

Почему Азия не способна объединиться даже ради своей собственной безопасности? На протяжении десятилетий западные эксперты жаловались на то, что Ассоциация Стран Юго-Восточной Азии (ASEAN) не может оценить значение коллективной безопасности на основании опыта, приобретенного послевоенной Европой. Лидеры стран ASEAN проигнорировали те уроки, которые в начале предлагал Общий рынок, а затем Евросоюз. Предполагается, что выгоды тех моделей настолько очевидны, что практически невозможно понять, почему лидеры стран ASEAN не могут этого увидеть.

Возникшее в Восточной Азии кажущееся смятение относительно того, каким образом отвечать на ядерный демарш Северной Кореи, снова оживляет эти жалобы. Северная Корея, имеющая ядерное оружие, определенно будет представлять общую угрозу для всех жителей Азии. Очевидно, что все должны помочь США поставить Ким Йонг Ила на место. Тот факт, что ближайшие соседи Северной Кореи, как кажется, не способны осознать этого, по-видимому, подтверждает то, что жители Азии не просто глупы, а глупы неисправимо, да к тому же упрямы.

Но природу угрозы также определяет вопрос истории и географии. При этом влияют различные традиции в тактическом и стратегическом мышлении - не говоря уже о том уникальном способе, которым европейцы выковали свое нынешнее сотрудничество из агрессивных стран-наций, которые существовали в рамках общей цивилизации.

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