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What NATO should learn from Rome

Trump's contempt for Europe are not just an anecdote

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What NATO should learn from Rome

If I were a person, we could say that story is, at very least, quite twisty. Knowing her well is sometimes — too many — uncomfortable and even painful. Completely unaware is dangerous. It is convenient to know about it to prevent us from repeating same mistakes. And if we know nothing, it influences us even if we are not aware of it. In this world of immediate knowledge and instant oblivion in which we dive daily, is becoming more and more cornered. They label it as a hobby of freaks — forgiveness of geeks — when in fact it constitutes not only chest of common inheritance of past but a useful tool to face future.

History never repeats itself exactly, but re are things that are curiously similar. The astonishment and uneasiness produced by Donald Trump's speech among his allies when he despises NATO we have known so far and treats Europeans with disdain drinks directly — even if its protagonists do not know — of something that happened in second century before Christ.

So states that formed Greece were invaded by Rome. Officially, it wasn't an invasion. The Romans followed an expansive policy based on helping those who asked for it. Then y would stay. But with Greece it was different. The Macedonians — truth, descendants of Alexander — threatened Greeks and Romans came to ir aid. Under command of Tito Quinto Flaminio, Roman legions defeated in Battle of Cinoscéfalos but result was that Greeks were at mercy of Rome. It tells Indro Montanelli in its history of Rome that to surprise of Greeks Flaminio "proclaimed that all its towns and cities were free (...) And that y could govern mselves with ir own laws. " Naturally, it was a great Greek joy. They were free and protected. Montanelli Rekills Certain that for some years Rome practiced a policy "of tolerance and respect, very similar to that which United States has practiced in Europe after Second World War. He intervened in his internal affairs only if requested, and sought to prop up constituted order. For this reason he gared antipathies of all Discontents, who accused her of reactionary. "

The United States helped Europe so that Germany Hitler did not seize it and n protected it from Soviet Union. Although it seems to us of most normal after several generations in peace, it did so by an exception in history like Rome after Cinoscéfalos. And military instrument that has been used for this is NATO. Under that umbrella Europe was rebuilt, prospered, spread democracy in its territory and began to merge politically. America's presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama have been Flaminio. Like him, y have come to a hill called Capitol to explain ir politics and in ir symbols have had eagles and fasces. And Europeans have hailed m, tolerated m, criticized m, hated m all at once.

Trump is not Flaminio, is Lucio Mummius, who saw in Greece a group of decadent, indolent and unreliable people. He destroyed Corinth and only cared that his works of art would not be broken by its economic value. It ended with Greek autonomy. History is not repeated. But tell me.

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