Cold War yet to be won
Michael Sexton is right about nations being self-interested, some more than others, but he is wrong to go down the path that says that is just the way the world is (“It’s not smart to reheat the Cold War”, 9/2). His willingness to ignore the moral dimension of international politics — the struggle between good and evil, between freedom and slavery — is sophistry. China and Russia are totalitarian states that, separately and together, are attempting to destroy liberal democracy and, in China’s case, to restore the (mythical) Celestial Empire. The Cold War, the struggle between liberal democracy and totalitarianism, never went away, and the West must continue the struggle. Jim Wilson, Beaumont, SA
Michael Sexton blames much of the hostility between Russia and the West on Eastern and Central European countries’ desire to protect themselves in NATO from their huge eastern neighbour, and justifies Russian truculence by its sphere of influence being ignored.
In doing so, Sexton seems to dismiss Eastern European countries’ right to their own sphere of influence within their own borders. Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine are not NATO members, and all are victims of continuing post-Soviet Russian aggression. There is no reason to believe Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania would not have suffered similarly if not for their NATO membership. Karl Karlov, Blaxland, NSW